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Issue No. Twelve

by morr last modified 2010-07-12 16:14

Travis Brorsen uses valuable lessons learned in FFA enabling him to be in the right place at the right time. Heather Eccard emerges from life-changing events to change her career path and now helps change the lives of others at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital. Managers at Wilco Machine and Fabrication, Inc. fine tune leadership skills. A healthy partnership supplies Unity Health Center with well-trained health professionals. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Principal Investigator Dr. Joel Guthridge mentors and provides leadership at Great Plains Technology Center. Case IH Agriculture invests in safety training at Great Plains Technology Center

Travis Brorsen:

Then: A former FFA reporter who discovered a passion for acting while in college. FFA provided Travis with

  • Life and leadership experiences at conferences/camps and with local chapters statewide.
  • Public speaking skills learned in competitions.
  • Training to set small goals to achieve big goals.

Now: An actor in California, Travis has been working hard, using skills from CareerTech’s FFA, preparing to be in the right place at the right time. He and his dog, Presley—a brindle boxer—did just that, winning the first title of the new reality television series, Greatest American Dog. They are producing a series of video and books on manners for 2-to-6-year-old children.


Heather Eccard

Then:  A student at the University of Tulsa who, after a series of personal events, changed her career direction. Through the Emergency Medical Technician Training at Meridian and Paramedic program at EOC, Heather has

  • Built a healthy portfolio of work experience, based upon new skills learned.
  • Progressed in her career path from work as a nursing assistant and an emergency room tech at Stillwater Medical Center to paramedic at Emergency Medical Services Authority ambulance services in Oklahoma City.
  • Flown as a member of the elite flight medic team with MediFlight, an emergency helicopter transport service, while working on a college degree.

Now: Heather earned a Registered Nursing degree in 2008 from Rose State College and works as an Intensive Care nurse at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.