Monday, October 30, 2017

ICTC Director Sees Good Things Ahead

Dart Drummonds, Indian Capital Technology Center campus director, says a lot of good things are happening at ICTC in Sallisaw.

“We have a lot to offer the community,” Drummonds said Friday.

He said ICTC will be offering a cosmetology program by next October, and is building a 60-foot by 100-foot events center.

Drummonds said, “We’re the second campus to have the cosmetology program. Muskogee has one. There is a lot of interest in it, and we feel Sallisaw is big enough to support that. It will be a good fit for the community.”

But residents should not forget the programs already in place from building trades to automotive, from landscaping to housekeeping, and many others.

“Our classes are open to both male and female,” Drummonds pointed out. “We have women in the automotive class and in welding.

“And there is no age limit on our classes. If someone shows up and says ‘I want to take this,’ then we will find a place for them.”

Drummonds, 57, became campus director in July after then director Dr. Curtis Shumaker resigned to take another post. Drummonds and his wife, Connie, are residents of Keota.

“I was born and raised in Keota,” he said. “I can see my home place from where I live now.”

The Drummonds raised two daughters, Dana, a teacher at Porum, and Dawn, an accountant in Nashville, Tenn. They have one grandson, Hayden, 11, in Nashville.

Drummonds started his education career as a science teacher and girls’ basketball and softball coach. He soon moved into administration, where he spent 26 year of his 32 years in education. He retired when he was superintendent at McCurtain Schools.

But retirement wasn’t for him, and he soon joined the ICTC team as the campus director at Stilwell. A year later he joined the staff at Sallisaw.

“It’s a change,” he said, but added, “I enjoy working with the students.”

His wife Connie is also retired, but now teaches English at Bokoshe.

Drummonds said ICTC will soon be surveying the community to determine what new programs to next consider adding to the ICTC curriculum.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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