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Director's Memo 2021-07-12

Monday, July 12, 2021

Francis Tuttle grad preps for first cookbook

Chef Gabriel Lewis, who graduated from Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s culinary arts program in 2015, returned to the tech center’s demo kitchen to record videos for his first cookbook.

Francis Tuttle broadcast and video production students helped Lewis shoot the videos to promote his cookbook, which he expects will be published within the next year, according to an article in the Guthrie News Leader.

Lewis said the technology center gave him the foundation for a successful career.

Oklahoma FCCLA wins awards at hybrid conference

Oklahoma FCCLA had an outstanding week during the Hybrid National Leadership Conference, said Brittani Phillips, FCCLA state adviser at Oklahoma CareerTech.

Oklahoma FCCLA had national champions in eight events; 29 students earned first place in team and individual competitions. Nine students (team and individual) placed second in six events, and six students (team and individual) placed third in five events.

Cherokee High School had teams that placed first, second and third in the Knowledge Matters Virtual Business Challenge. Caney High School received $1,000 for winning the Families First National Program and $500 for being the runner-up in the Student Body National Program.

Zeb Kelly, Morrison High School, was elected the 2021-22 national vice president of community service. Denise Morris, former FCCLA state adviser, was named a national honorary member.

The National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, was limited to 1,000 participants, but 150 Oklahoma FCCLA members attended the Oklahoma event.

“We had a great time celebrating together and experiencing Oklahoma tourism opportunities by attending Riversport and the Oklahoma City Zoo as well as utilizing the Oklahoma City trolley system,” Phillips said.

Oklahoma HOSA members, advisers recognized

Three Oklahoma HOSA advisers were recognized as Outstanding Local Advisers at the virtual HOSA International Leadership Conference.

Receiving the honor were Bobbie Sue Joslin, Wes Watkins Technology Center; Paula Estrada, Central Technology Center; and Lulla Wilson, Emerson Middle School in Oklahoma City.

Also at the conference, Julia Lewis, Indian Capital Technology Center, received a HOSA Hero Award for performing CPR and helping save a man’s life. David Kelly, former Oklahoma HOSA state president and HOSA national president, received a Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

In the Anatomage competition at the conference, Super Baguettes from Tulsa Technology Center’s biomedical sciences high school extension program at Union High School placed third, and Team Rads for Life from Metro Technology Centers’ radiologic technology program placed fourth. This was Oklahoma HOSA’s first time to compete in the Anatomage event at the International Leadership Conference.

In competitions, Oklahoma HOSA members received three first places, four second places, five third places, four fourth places, six fifth places, five sixth places, three seventh places, two eighth places, one ninth place and three 10th places and had one person in the top 10 for the secondary health care issues exam.

Oklahoma HOSA was recognized for being the state with the highest combined volunteer hours for the HOSA service project, Be The Match. Oklahoma HOSA also won the Barbara James Service Award with 4,518.65 hours of community service.

CareerTech Champion: Sandra Caballero -- High Plains Technology Center

Sandra Caballero sits at a desk behind a nameplate with her name on it.THEN: A teenager in Woodward, Oklahoma, with an infant son and no plans for their future. After high school, Sandra Caballero enrolled in the business administration program at High Plains Technology Center to try to build a better future for her new family. Caballero did just that by gaining the experience she needed to get a good-paying job, without going to college. Caballero said the High Plains program

  • Taught her essential computer skills.
  • Helped her improve her communication skills.
  • Provided her with customer service training she would use throughout her life.

Caballero called High Plains a “great environment for learning.”

“I use the skills I learned to have good opportunities in life,” she said.

Caballero is no stranger to hard work. In 2009, she received a commendation from Gov. Brad Henry at the Oklahoma Works Northwest Youth Program Alumni Celebration.

After graduating from High Plains, the teen mom was offered a job in the loan department at Stock Exchange Bank. She was later offered a job as bank teller and then moved to the new accounts division.

NOW: Her High Plains training helped her land and keep the banking job in Woodward for six years, but Caballero said she now plans to apply those skills toward managing her own business. After resigning from the bank, she plans to work full-time at her remodeling business.

Caballero said CareerTech will help you succeed in life and added that it’s never too late to achieve your goals and dreams for the future.

"CareerTech will help you succeed in life."
Sandra Caballero, small business owner

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