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Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society goes to Capitol


Students from across Oklahoma learned how the Oklahoma legislature works during the 21st annual Oklahoma National Technical Honor Society Day at the Capitol.

More than 250 NTHS members, advisers and guests participated in the recent event. Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, spoke during a special session in the Senate chamber.

“It’s a privilege to meet so many talented young students,” said Yen. “These young men and women are excelling in Oklahoma’s career technology centers, which are giving them the tools they need to increase their earning potential and succeed in the workforce. Congratulations are in order to the students who have worked hard to become part of the NTHS.”

Students also heard from Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director, and Greg Winters, national office historian.

Each year, NTHS hosts a Day at the Capitol, according to Jennie Croslin, state coordinating council chairwoman and guidance counselor at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

“Today is about promoting educational excellence and higher standards for CareerTech education,” Croslin said. “We are supporting the NTHS mission that ‘success favors the prepared mind’ by giving students from across Oklahoma the opportunity to meet their legislators, observe them in action and tour the state Capitol.”

During 2015-16, more than 3,000 students were members of NTHS from the 74 active chapters at technology centers, comprehensive high schools and private schools across the state.

NTHS members are members of at least one of the seven CareerTech student organizations affiliated with CareerTech programs: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, family and consumer sciences education; FFA, agricultural education; Business Professionals of America, business, marketing and information technology education; HOSA, health careers education; DECA, marketing education; Technology Student Association, technology engineering; and SkillsUSA, trade and industrial education.

“CareerTech student organizations provide CareerTech students with leadership development and 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. Congratulations to all the students who choose to accelerate in their education and become better prepared for tomorrow,” Mack said.

For more information about Oklahoma NTHS, visit

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 58 campuses, 395 comprehensive school districts, 15 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 30 Adult Basic Education service providers.

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.

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