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Director's Weekly Memo 2018-7-9

Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations winning at conference

Thank you to the true dedication from the students, educators, sponsors and state staff members who through daily efforts make all of this possible for students and future workforce. Great job representing Oklahoma and career and technology education. Keep up the great work!


Oklahoma SkillsUSA students bring home 69 medals

Oklahoma students won 69 medals, the third largest number in the country, at the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference. From skills competitions to leadership to membership, Oklahoma SkillsUSA set records this year at the conference:

  • One national officer elected -- Amari Brown, Indian Capital Tech Muskogee Campus. She is Oklahoma’s 62nd national officer in history, putting Oklahoma in the No. 2 spot for number of national officers.
  • One National Advisor of the Year finalist -- Corine Triplett, Tulsa Tech Broken Arrow Campus.
  • Two chapters recognized among the top 24 chapters in the country -- Autry Tech and Gordon Cooper Tech.
  • Three alumni honored -- Paul King, Beth Lofthus and Sharon Schaub.
  • Largest Alumni Membership Award.
  • Presidential Volunteer Service Award -- Metro Tech’s South Bryant chapter.

A record number from Oklahoma attended NLSC; 428 registered for the conference. The number does not include the dozens of Oklahoma volunteers who also attended.

Darren Gibson, Oklahoma SkillsUSA state adviser was named State SkillsUSA Directors Association chair and a member of the SkillsUSA board of directors.

Oklahoma’s SkillsUSA membership is at an all time high with 13,951 members.


Oklahoma HOSA students compete at International Leadership Conference

HOSA conference
Oklahoma HOSA was honored for being the top fundraiser for the HOSA National Service Project, the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Oklahoma HOSA members donated $18,171.53 to NAMI.
Oklahoma health occupation students took on the International Leadership Conference with great success and were recognized for their exemplary skills as well as their volunteer hours and community service.

Oklahoma HOSA had 15 first-place finishers, 12 second-place finishers, nine third-place finishers, 26 fourth- through 10th-place finishers and seven outstanding chapters. Oklahoma HOSA was also recognized for an increase in membership. The 2017-18 membership, including alumni, was 8,112, a 9.43 percent increase from 2016-17.

Oklahoma HOSA students brought home other honors:

  • Barbara James Service Award (health-related volunteer hours) -- 11,695 volunteer hours.
  • Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer -- 98 volunteer hours.
  • National Service Project - National Alliance for Mental Illness -- 1,881 volunteer hours
  • Top fundraiser for National Service Project -- $18,171.53 donated to NAMI.

Amie McGinnis, a postsecondary Oklahoma state officer from Indian Capital Technology Center’s practical nursing program, served on the national executive council nominating committee.

Adrian Patterson, an alumnus from Great Plains Technology Center’s surg tech program, was elected to the HOSA Inc. board of directors as the alumni representative (2018020).

Dana Chandler, practical nursing director at Wes Watkins Technology Center, continues to serve on the national competitive event committee (2016-2019).

Six Oklahoma state officers served as voting delegates during the annual business meeting.


CareerTech director elected to national nonprofit executive committee

Oklahoma CareerTech State Director Marcie Mack has been elected secretary/treasurer of Advance CTE.

Mack will serve a one-year term through June 30, 2019, on the board of the national nonprofit organization. Advance CTE represents state directors and state leaders responsible for secondary, postsecondary and adult career and technology education across all 50 states and U.S. territories. Members of the executive committee are elected by the Advance CTE membership.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve on the Advance CTE executive committee, whose mission is to advance career and technology education across the nation,” Mack said.



CareerTech events

8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Program and Federal Contracting Workshop - McAlester, July 18

CareerTech Board Meeting, July 19

Teacher Institute 2018-2019 Cohort, July 23

2018 Summer Conference, Aug. 1-2

8(a) HUBZone and Federal Contracting, Aug. 14


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