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CareerTech Students Develop Leadership Skills, More At Spring Meetings

CareerTech Students Develop Leadership Skills, More At Spring Meetings

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Feb. 23, 2015

Oklahoma DECA members kicked off the spring season of CareerTech student organization state meetings last week with their 2015 State Career Development Conference.

About 650 people -- students, advisers and guests -- attended the conference Feb. 10-11 in Tulsa. Students had the chance to attend a leadership training session presented by Dustin Galyon, men’s basketball head coach at Hesston College in Kansas, said Dustin Devers, state DECA adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. DECA is the CTSO affiliated with marketing education.

Oklahoma DECA students also competed in individual and team events at the conference.

“Students showcase their talents and demonstrate the skills they have learned in the classroom in real-world scenarios, presentations and case studies,” Devers said.

DECA and the other CareerTech student organizations help develop leaders for Oklahoma, said CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack.

“CareerTech student organizations provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership, communication and job-related skills,” she said. “These skills build character, enrich relationships and provide us future leaders for our communities and state.”

Students in Oklahoma CareerTech’s other six student organizations will get their chances to demonstrate their talents and skills in the coming months as they attend state meetings.

Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference will host students at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee March 3-4. Students will compete in events, attend workshops and elect their new state executive council. BPA is affiliated with business and information technology education.

The 69th annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Convention will be April 2 at the Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center. More than 6,500 students will attend workshops and elect state officers.

“They will get motivated about opportunities in FCCLA, sharpen leadership skills and network with other chapter members,” said Denise Morris, state adviser. FCCLA is affiliated with family and consumer sciences education.

The HOSA State Leadership Conference will be April 7-9 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. About 2,300 students will participate in competitive events, attend professional presentations to learn about health care career options and participate in the annual HOSA Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, said Debbie Bennett, state adviser. HOSA is affiliated with health careers education.

The Technology Student Association State Leadership and Career Development Conference will be April 7-9 at the Reed Center in Midwest City. In addition to electing state officers and attending leadership workshops, students will compete for spots in national contests in Dallas, Texas, in June and July.

“Students use the skills learned in the classroom and put them to use in hands-on competitions such as graphic design, robotics, speeches, parliamentary procedures and system control,” said Dawn Frank, TSA state adviser and CareerTech STEM program specialist. TSA is affiliated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The SkillsUSA 50th annual State Leadership and Skills Championship will be April 19-21 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Students will compete in leadership and skills contests to help develop their employability and technical skills, said Darren Gibson, SkillsUSA state director.

More than 500 business and industry partners will also participate in the SkillsUSA conference as judges and through financial and equipment donations. SkillsUSA is affiliated with trade and industrial education.

FFA will host the 89th State FFA Convention on April 28-29 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. More than 8,000 students will elect officers, attend leadership and career success workshops and participate in a career show.

They will also receive recognition for achievements during the last school year, including career development events, proficiency awards, the Agriscience Fair and the State FFA Degree, said Kent Boggs, state FFA executive secretary. FFA is affiliated with agricultural education.

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

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