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Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society goes to Capitol

 Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society goes to Capitol

2014 National Technical Honor Society Day at the Capitol with Gov. Mary Fallin

Students from across Oklahoma learned how the Oklahoma legislature works during the 18th annual Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Day at the Capitol.

More than 250 NTHS members, advisers and guests participated in the recent event. Gov. Mary Fallin spoke during a special session in the House.

“It’s a privilege to meet so many talented young students,” said Fallin. “These young men and women are excelling in Oklahoma’s Career Technology Centers, which are giving them the tools they need to increase their earning potential and succeed in the workforce. Congratulations are in order to the students who have worked hard to become part of the NTHS.”

Students also heard from Robert Sommers, CareerTech state director and Oklahoma secretary of education and workforce development, and Allen Powell, executive director and co-founder of the National Technical Honor Society. Students also helped honor Patricia Poteat, NTHS associate director and co-founder, on her retirement.

Each year, NTHS hosts a Day at the Capitol, according to Becky Trent, state coordinating council chairwoman and guidance counselor at Western Technology Center.

“Today is about promoting educational excellence and higher standards for CareerTech education,” Trent said. “We are supporting the NTHS mission that ‘success favors the prepared mind’ by giving students from across Oklahoma the opportunity to meet their legislators, observe them in action and tour the state Capitol.”

During 2012-13, 2,372 students were inducted into NTHS from the 62 active chapters at technology centers, comprehensive high schools and private schools across the state.

NTHS members are members of at least one of the seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech offerings: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; FFA, agricultural education; Business Professionals of America, business and information technology education; HOSA, health careers education; DECA, marketing education; Technology Student Association, technology engineering; and SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education.

“CareerTech student organizations provide CareerTech students with leadership development and a sense of civic pride. CTSOs build character, develop relationships and position CareerTech students to be the leaders of our communities and the great state of Oklahoma. Congratulations to all the students who choose to do more than just attend class!” Sommers said.

For more information about Oklahoma NTHS, visit www.okcareertech.org/nths.

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