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Director's Memo 2021-06-21

Monday, June 21, 2021

Oklahoma HOSA teams head to international competition in new event

After competing in their event for the first time at the state conference, three Oklahoma HOSA teams are headed to the International Leadership Conference to show what they know about anatomy.

During the virtual state contest, teams of four or five were challenged to locate parts of a person’s anatomy on a virtual dissection table. Teams from Metro Technology Centers’ radiologic technology program, Tulsa Technology Center’s biomedical sciences high school extension program at Union High School and Canadian Valley Technology Center’s practical nursing program at Chickasha will compete at the virtual HOSA ILC this week.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

OEIP learns about film industry in Oklahoma

OEIP participants pose for a photo at Green Pastures Studio in Spencer.

During the first of five Oklahoma Education and Industry Partnerships summer sessions, 30 educators visited Green Pastures Studio in Spencer.

Attendees toured the facility, heard from local professional, and learned about career opportunities in the Oklahoma film industry.

In addition, they watched deadCenter University students engaged in hands-on learning throughout the studio with professionals from the film industry. DeadCenter University is a partnership between Metro Technology Centers and deadCenter Films.

OEIP participants learned about construction trades last week. The three remaining summer sessions will cover manufacturing; health, film and aerospace; and automotive. For more information about upcoming OEIP events, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website’s OEIP page.

ODCTE honors employees with Pinnacle Awards

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Center honored several of its employees last week with Pinnacle Awards, which recognizes exceptional work that goes beyond an employee’s job duties.

Recipients were Margi Cooper and Angela Teeman, Innovation; Rhonda Foote and Tracy Boyington, Above and Beyond; Connie Lewis and Melissa Sturgeon, Excellence in Customer Service; Kerri Watkins, Leadership in Achieving Excellence; and Craig Maile, Nancy Rodriguez, Tracy Boyington, Margi Cooper, Jessica Ventris, Kim Downey, Sandra McKnight, Justin Lockwood and Alan Nahs, Team Award.

For more information about the recipients’ achievements, visit the Oklahoma CareerTech website.

CareerTech Champions: Alyssa, Lacey and Maddy Rains - Canadian Valley Technology Center

Pictured are, from left, Lacey, Alyssa and Maddy Rains.
THEN: A tech center trifecta. Alyssa, Lacey and Maddy will graduate from Yukon High School this week, and their parents are as proud as any parents would be. Times three.

The girls are sisters. Triplets, to be precise. And not only are the Rains sisters graduating from high school, they are also finishing vocational programs at Canadian Valley Technology Center.

Despite sharing virtually everything growing up, Alyssa, Lacey and Maddy Rains did not share a classroom at CVTC. Alyssa and Lacey are identical twins, but the only thing that’s identical about their plans of study is that they will both leave high school with professional certifications in addition to their diplomas.

Alyssa will complete the early care and education program. She said she wants to specialize in sign language because she enjoys helping others.

Her identical twin, Lacey, is working on a welding certification, but she hasn’t decided yet if she’ll pursue industry work or art.

And then there’s Maddy. As triplets in a small town, the sisters have spent a lot of time in the limelight. That may or may not have had anything to do with Maddy’s decision to become a cinematographer. Maddy is their fraternal sibling and is about to complete the digital media program at CVTC.

NOW: After graduating from Yukon High School and Canadian Valley Technology Center, the Rains sisters plan to attend classes at Oklahoma City Community College.

It’s not the last time CVTC staff will see the trio in their hallways, however. All three plan to enroll in a short-term business class on the advice of their mother, Krysta Rains.

“I treat them individually,” she said. “They all have their own career paths.

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Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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