Just in time for the holidays, folks at Tri County Technology Center are full of cheer.


Oklahoma’s longest standing public career tech center in Bartlesville was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige Award “best practice” recognition for leadership and workforce.


Additionally, for the second year in row, Tri County was named one of the best small workplaces by consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune.


The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program conducted a site visit at Tri County Tech last month, and superintendent and CEO Lindel Fields said that the elite recognition is a testament to the staff at Tri County.


“More importantly, it says we’re doing great things for our students,” said Fields. “We are intentional in our efforts to create a workplace environment that will serve as a model for other organizations. To now have also received recognition with the best practices in leadership and workforce shows that our efforts are moving the needle and drawing national attention.”


Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Baldrige Award is a presidential-level honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations and businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and administrative improvement.


In addition to the overall winners of the awards, the Baldrige judges may recognize four organizations for best practices in one or more of the Baldrige criteria categories.


Tri County was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award best practice honor in leadership and workforce by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.


“For many years we’ve been told that we’re the best kept secret in town. This recognition speaks to the community that we’re running a quality organization,” said Fields. “We’re just appreciative of the community for their support and for our students who entrust their hopes and dreams to us.”


Tri County Tech is also the only public school in the United States to be named to Fortune’s Small and Medium Great Place to Work List and is the only organization in Oklahoma to be named to the list.


“Both of these national recognitions speak to our continued efforts to develop and empower our employees,” said Fields. “Tri County Tech impacts many lives in the communities we serve and that is only made possible by our talented and dedicated employees.”


This is the second time in which Tri County has been recognized for Fortune, including 2016 listings on the best small workplace, the best workplace for women and best workplace for giving back lists.