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Director's Weekly Memo 2017-7-10

Oklahoma students awarded NTHS scholarships; Caddo Kiowa Technology Center names city of Anadarko its Partner for Progress; CareerTech Champion: Jessi Perriman – Western Technology Center; Oklahoma FCCLA brings home the gold and earns a national office; Summer Conference registration is open; CareerTech events; and useful links.

Oklahoma students awarded NTHS scholarships

Fourteen Oklahoma students were among the multiple National Technical Honor Society members from across the country who received scholarships. The National Technical Honor Society awarded more than $250,000 to its student-members.

Receiving 2017 Jon H. Poteat scholarships were Nathaniel Adamson and Elizabeth Meridith, Central Technology Center; Evan Barreiro and John Comstock, Tulsa Technology Center-Riverside; Dixie A. Capps, Indian Capital Technology Center; Isaac Elrod, Western Technology Center; Alexandra Victoria Forrest and Karina Marlen Salazar, Canadian Valley Technology Center; David Patrick Gilroy, Moore Norman Technology Center; Baylee Hall, Gordon Cooper Technology Center; Ashley Nadine Mooers, Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester; Kathryn Stewart, Francis Tuttle Technology Center; and Krista Waterman, Kiamichi Technology Center.

Jose Diosdado, Western Technology Center, also received a HOSA scholarship.


Caddo Kiowa Technology Center names city of Anadarko its Partner for Progress

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center named the city of Anadarko as its 2017 Partner for Progress.

Anadarko, which was founded as part of the Land Lottery Bill of 1901, works with Caddo Kiowa Technology Center for training, including customer service training for all employees and class B commercial driver’s license training. The city works with CKTC to provide free training rooms for short-term classes and promotes economic development and beautification efforts.

The city also supports the Washita Valley Leadership Program by sponsoring employees to encourage community leadership development. The city is a partner of the Washita Valley Regional Partnership, a regional economic development consortium housed at the Caddo Kiowa Business Development Center, and has been an active member of the Local Business Roundtable and CK Business Partners since their beginnings.

Anadarko is the largest community in Caddo Kiowa Tech’s district and the municipality is one of the top 10 employers.


Oklahoma FCCLA brings home the gold and earns a national office

Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members brought home 156 medals and one national office from the FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

In the national STAR Events, they earned 103 gold medals, 40 silver medals and 13 bronze medals.

Also, Alexis Peeper, Drummond High School, won a spot on the National Executive Council.


CareerTech Champion: Jessi Perriman – Western Technology Center

Jessi Perriman
Jessi Perriman
THEN: A young woman looking for a career that was unique, challenging and diverse. Jessi Perriman decided the emergency medical field would fit that bill for her.

“You never see the same thing twice, you have the opportunity to interact with all segments of society, and you can make a positive difference in people’s lives,” she said.

Jessi received her emergency medical technician certification from Western Technology Center and went to work for the Burns Flat Emergency Management Service. At that time she was one of only two paramedics in Washita County. Now she also works part-time for the Elk City Fire Department/EMS.

Jessi said she appreciates the training she received at WTC.

“I have no doubt that where I am today is a direct result of the training I received at WTC. The program opened so many doors for me,” she said.

Now Jessi is giving back to the technology center and to her community. She:

  • Is a certified EMS instructor and an adjunct instructor at WTC.
  • Serves as a faculty member for WTC’s American Heart Association Community Training Center.
  • Is responsible for renewing and monitoring other instructors through the American Heart Association.

Jaitton Balcom, director of the Sentinel Ambulance Service and one of Jessi’s students said, “Jessi uses past experience and course curriculum to make sure that everyone understands how, when and why to perform a skill.”

NOW: A successful instructor for WTC.

“She has knowledge, understanding and compassion. She cares about her patients and her students,” Balcom said.


Summer Conference registration is open

Registration for the 50th annual Oklahoma CareerTech Summer conference is open at

The conference will be Aug. 1-2 at the Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center. For more information, visit


CareerTech events

Family and Consumer Sciences New Teacher Academy, July 17-19

Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education New Teacher Academy, July 18-20

CareerTech Board Meeting, July 20

2017 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2

CareerTech Board Meeting, Aug. 17

Useful links

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