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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-1-8

CareerTech Champion: Hallie Hembree – Moore Norman Technology Center

Hallie Hembree practices a medical procedure at Moore Norman Technology Center.THEN: A Norman North High School volleyball player who wanted to be a doctor. She juggled her love of sports with her love of medicine, signing up for the pre-nursing program at Moore Norman Technology Center.

Hallie Hembree topped the 6-foot mark as a junior and soon caught the eye of a recruiter from West Point. Volleyball got her noticed, but hard work and a seven-month application process got her accepted to the U.S. Military Academy with a full scholarship. Hallie said Moore Norman helped her prepare for the rigor of West Point. At MNTC she:

  • Learned high-level medical terminology and anatomy and physiology.
  • Prepared for the American Urological Association certification.
  • Performed direct patient care clinical rotations in ER and wound care settings.

NOW: After completing her six-week basic training, Hallie will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, majoring in either chemistry or life sciences. As a graduate she will serve as a commissioned officer for five years and can then choose to serve four to five years in the Army Reserve or remain in active duty service.

“Being responsible for people’s lives is hard. Moore Norman helped me prepare for West Point because you always have to be on top of your game in a medical setting, and in pre-nursing I had to do that and take everything very seriously,” Hallie said.


Great Plains Technology Center's partnership with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. highlighted

Great Plains Technology Center Superintendent Clarence Fortney wrote a column for The Lawton Constitution that highlighted a partnership between the tech center and Lawton Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

The column focused on an internship opportunity that will help high school seniors and graduates preparing to graduate from pre-engineering, automotive service, farm diesel mechanics, welding, electrical and HVAC. It will also help the Lawton plant fill skilled maintenance technician positions.



Hiring event and education fair, Thursday, 22 March 2018, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Rinehart Fitness Center, 2730 Bragg Road, Fort Sill, OK. All branches welcome. Military, spouses, veterans, retirees and civilians are invited to connect with employers, state agencies and education institutions that provide you with opportunities for the future. Presented by U.S. Army Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program; Fires Center of Excellence; U.S. Army Installation Management Command; U.S. Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and Army Community Service. Hosted by Fort Sill Soldier for LIfe - Transition Assistance Program. For more information, contact Jason Mullennix at 580-442-6423 or Jane Cunningham at 580-442-6428.


Breaking Traditions Award applications open

The deadline to apply for a Breaking Traditions Award is Jan. 31.

The Breaking Traditions Award is for individuals who have chosen specific training programs because of their interests and abilities and have not allowed their gender to influence their decisions to prepare for nontraditional careers.

Nontraditional training and employment is defined as fields of work for which individuals from one gender constitute less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that field. Career planning without the influence of gender stereotyping -- breaking traditions -- is essential for the potential growth of individuals and necessary for our state's economic growth.

Awardees selected will be notified by mail and recognized during the spring student organization state conferences.


CTSO members prepare for state meetings

CareerTech student organizations’ state conferences and conventions will start in February when DECA members meet in Midwest City and continue through May when FFA members meet in Oklahoma City:

  • DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13-14, Reed Center, Midwest City.
  • BPA State Leadership Conference, March 12-14, Tulsa Hyatt Regency.
  • HOSA State Leadership Conference, April 9-11, Embassy Suites, Norman.
  • TSA State Conference, April 11-13, Embassy Suites, Norman.
  • FCCLA State Convention, April 12, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City.
  • SkillsUSA State Conference, April 22-24, Cox Convention Center, Tulsa.
  • State FFA Convention, May 1-2, Oklahoma City.

In fiscal year 2017, more than 88,000 students learned important leadership skills as members of CTSOs.

Oklahoma CTSOs


CareerTech events

CyberPatriot Training, Jan. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Jan. 18

Teacher Academy, Jan. 24

DECA Career Development Conference, Feb. 13

CareerTech Board Meeting, Feb. 15


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