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Oklahoma Technology Student Association Members Head To State Conference

March 28, 2014

Approximately 1,000 Oklahoma students are expected to arrive in Midwest City next week for the Technology Student Association Leadership and Career Development Conference.

The conference will be April 1-3 at Reed Convention Center, Rose State Performing Arts Theatre and Mid-Del Technology Center. More than 20,000 Oklahoma middle and high school students are members of TSA, which is the co-curricular CareerTech student organization for science, technology, engineering and mathematics students.

“This is the annual state TSA conference, and students will compete in events to qualify to go on to the national conference in Washington, D.C., in June,” said Dawn Frank, TSA state adviser and STEM specialist at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “We will also have leadership workshops for the students to attend in between competitions.”

Competitions will range from video and photography to software development to manufacturing, VEX robotics, public speaking and biotechnology.

Adley Stump, 2013 “The Voice” contestant and Oklahoma State University graduate, will perform during the opening general session at the conference April 1. Students will compete April 1-2, and the business meeting and award presentations will be April 3.

TSA members will also elect their state officers for the next year and raise money for the American Cancer Society during the conference.

TSA is one of seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs. The other six are Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and family and consumer sciences education, FFA and agricultural education, DECA and marketing education, HOSA and health careers education, Business Professionals of America and business and information technology education and SkillsUSA and trade and industrial education.

For more information about TSA, visit http://www.okcareertech.org/tsa. For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech STEM, visit http://www.okcareertech.org/stem. For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech visit http://www.okcareertech.org.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor
laura.wilson@careertech.ok.gov

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