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CareerTech Student Leaders Attend State Conferences

CareerTech Student Leaders Attend State Conferences

2013-2014 CareerTech Student Organization State Presidents front left to right: Madison Lockart, Madi Pfeifle, Tyler Watson and Gonzalo Morillas. Back L-R, Steven Vekony, Ralph Edwards and Mason Russell.

Feb. 20, 2014

They’ve become renowned apparel designers, motivational speakers, politicians, Nashville performers and even Miss America.

Oklahoma’s CareerTech Student Organizations give students the skills and confidence they need to achieve success both inside and outside the classroom.

This spring, tens of thousands of CareerTech students will converge on Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Okmulgee, Midwest City and Norman to attend their annual state CTSO conferences. Students in each of seven student organizations will compete in events, elect state officers and gain leadership training and networking opportunities.

Nearly half of all Oklahoma high school students are enrolled in CareerTech courses. Some 82,322 middle school through senior high school students and adults are members of Oklahoma CareerTech's seven student organizations. Each organization supports related programs found at 544 schools and 59 technology center campuses across the state.

CareerTech State Director and CEO Robert Sommers said CTSOs give students a sense of civic pride.

“CTSOs build character, develop relationships, and position CareerTech students to be the leaders of our communities and the great state of Oklahoma,” said Sommers.

Participation in high school CareerTech programs opens up possibilities for students after graduation, according to Sommers, who added that students who are going on to college after their CareerTech training will have job opportunities that will help them pay for college.

“Many of them will get industry credentials to land high paying jobs,” said Sommers, “and a sense of passion that helps them complete college once they enroll.”

The spring leadership meetings kick off with the 71st annual DECA State Career Development Conference at Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott in mid-February. DECA is the co-curricular student organization for marketing education.

Six other CTSO spring 2014 conferences are also scheduled.

  • Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference will host students at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee on March 4-5. BPA is the co-curricular organization affiliated with business and information technology education.
  • The 68th Annual Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Convention will be at the Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center on April 4. FCCLA is the CTSO affiliated with family and consumer sciences education.
  • FFA, the student organization affiliated with agricultural education, will host the 88th State FFA Convention on April 29-30 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
  • The HOSA State Leadership Conference will be April 8-10 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. HOSA is the co-curricular student organization affiliated with health careers education.
  • The SkillsUSA 49th Annual State Leadership and Skills Championship will be April 27-29 at the Tulsa Convention Center. SkillsUSA is the co-curricular CTSO affiliated with trade and industrial education.
  • The Technology Student Association State Conference will be April 1-3 at the Reed Center in Midwest City and Rose State College in Oklahoma City. TSA is affiliated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

By Connie Romans
Communications and Marketing Coordinator

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