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Fortune names Tri County Tech as a 2020 Best Workplace

Monday, October 19, 2020

Tri County Tech is the only Oklahoma organization to garner this prestigious recognition.

Oct. 19, 2020

Bartlesville, OK – Fortune today named Tri County Tech as one of the 2020 Best Small & Medium Workplaces.

The technology center is one of two public education institutions in the nation to be awarded this prestigious recognition and the only one in Oklahoma.

On behalf of Fortune, Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and company culture research firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experiences on the job. These included employee trust in leadership, overall employee treatment, the fairness of workplace decisions and how much camaraderie there is among the team.

Rankings are based on employees’ feedback and reward companies that best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. Tri County Tech took the No. 11 spot on the list of 100 small workplaces recognized this year.

“It is an honor for Fortune to recognize Tri County Tech as one of the best educational institutions in the nation to work, and to be a professional educator training the next generation of America’s workforce,” said Superintendent and CEO Lindel Fields. “We set a goal in 2008 to rank as one of the top places to work in the United States by 2020, and this year marks our fourth year on the Small Workplaces list and fifth year on the Great Place to Work lists.”

Tri County Tech has intentionally created a great place to work culture -- a culture that has enabled it to thrive during the pandemic crisis.

“Our culture is reinforced in multiple ways starting at the top with our Superintendent/CEO, Lindel Fields,” said Chief Quality Officer Tammie Strobel. “From the beginning of the pandemic, he admitted that the situation was complicated, and although uncertainty reigned, he assured all educators that they could be certain their jobs were secure.”

Tri County Tech established work-from-home flexibility, a grocery purchasing program, free COVID testing, virtual school tutoring program for staff children and on-campus safety protocols for students and the workforce. Bold actions like these paired with the already extensive benefits list such as a six-week paid parental leave policy, free telemedicine, a $500 monthly stipend for health insurance, affordable on-campus childcare and innovative bonus and pension options continue to make Tri County Tech a great place to work.

“When it comes to revenue growth and innovation, the 2020 Best Small & Medium Workplaces continue to outperform their peers, making these companies more competitive and helping them secure their position in the marketplace,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “What these companies do differently than their peers is that they offer a great workplace for all employees, regardless of role or personal traits.”

Tri County Tech started the 2020-21 school year with record enrollment in both high school and adult studies. It also launched a Skills to Rebuild Initiative in partnership with the state of Oklahoma to provide accelerated programs to train 375 individuals to immediately enter well-paying, high-demand jobs in the region, generating an annual payroll of $10 million in Oklahoma’s private sector.

Tri County Tech has previously ranked 46th, 33rd, and 32nd on Fortune’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces list. The article can be viewed at

About Tri County Tech

Tri County Tech is one of Oklahoma's first CareerTech schools and has a steadfast spirit for innovation and improvement. Its employees’ devotion to each other, their students and the life-changing learning they provide fuels their pursuit of excellence. They call this the “Tri County Way.”

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work helps organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results. Their culture management platform empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified companies and the Best Workplaces in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the Best Companies to Work For list published annually in Fortune.

The Best Small and Medium Workplaces is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. To learn more about Great Place to Work-Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with Fortune, visit

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