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Oklahoma CareerTech Students 'Break Traditions'

Some 18 Oklahoma CareerTech received the Breaking Traditions Student Achievement Awards. The awards, sponsored Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council, were presented at 2012 CareerTech Student Organization conferences between February and May.

OKCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. "These awards are divided by secondary and postsecondary students," said Ronda Weaver, OKCTEEC Awards Chair. Weaver is the Work Prep coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Ft. Cobb.

"The criteria is that the student must be training in a career considered non-traditional for their gender and be outstanding in his/her training area."

Recipients include Billy Gardner, Warner High School FCCLA member; Coty Lee Tomagos, health careers at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center; SkillsUSA members Shelly Marie Tanner, medium heavy truck repair student at Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton; Kelcy Collins, construction/masonry, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee; Baylee Dawn Sowards, precision machining, Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno/Chickasha; and Aaron Main and Jackson Heller, cosmetology, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, Ardmore.

Also included are Samantha Toothman, network technology, Amanda Griggs, applied welding technology and Carla Abrams, networking at Tri-County Technology Center, Bartlesville; Kori Jo Hayes, automotive technology and Mary Welch, masonry, Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater; Cathy J. Courtney, electrical, Tulsa Technology Center; and Courtney McGinnis, automotive technology at Autry Technology Center, Enid.

Others "breaking traditions" include Hailley Goodrich, service careers; Shelli Dawn Rogers, welding technology; and Amber Hale, carpentry, Indian Capital Technology Centers; and Corey James Sanchez, esthetician, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City.

“OKCTEEC spotlights students and staff who have chosen specific career and technology programs because of their interests and abilities and who have not let their gender influence their decisions to prepare for nontraditional careers,” said Lou Ann Hargrave, OKCTEEC adviser and CareerTech’s state TANF coordinator.

“Proper career planning at an early age – without the influence of gender stereotyping – is essential for the potential growth of individuals," said Hargrave. “Likewise, individual career planning is necessary for our state's economic growth.”

More than 72,000 Oklahoma adult and junior/senior high school students are members of CareerTech Student Organizations. The CTSOs provide opportunities for personal growth and scholastic achievement, as well as developing skills in public speaking, planning and organizing. Members work on various community projects, competitive events, leadership activities, and meet other students who share similar interests.

Many students enjoy membership in more than one group.

The seven CareerTech Student Organizations include Business Professional of America and Business and Information Technology Education; DECA and Marketing Education; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and Family and Consumer Sciences Education; FFA and Agricultural Education, HOSA and Health Careers Education; Technology Student Association and Technology Engineering and SkillsUSA and Trade and Industrial Education.



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