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Director's Memo 2023-3-27

Monday, March 27, 2023

More Oklahoma students than ever are CTSO members

Membership in Oklahoma CareerTech student organizations has hit an all-time high.

According to numbers collected earlier this month, 97,385 students are members of Business Professionals of America; DECA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; FFA; HOSA; SkillsUSA; and Technology Student Association.

Individual CTSO membership numbers are BPA, 5,997; DECA, 1,555; FCCLA, 17,174; FFA, 29,240; HOSA, 6,738; SkillsUSA, 15,544; and TSA, 21,137.

Additionally, the Oklahoma chapter of National Technical Honor Society reported 3,084 members to date, although some high schools and technology centers have not yet inducted new members this year.

The seven co-curricular CTSOs allow students to learn skills outside the classroom. Students further develop technical skills they will use in their careers, said Paxton Cavin, BPA and DECA state adviser, and also learn other skills necessary for success in their lives and careers: leadership, public speaking, communication, teamwork, time management and critical thinking.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


CareerTech Foundation awards $77,783 in scholarships

The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation recently awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships to 263 postsecondary students in Oklahoma.

The foundation distributed $77,783 in Otha Grimes scholarships to students attending Oklahoma CareerTech technology centers. Scholarships ranged from $250 to $500 per student.

“I am very proud of the students earning the scholarships and the value they see in pursuing meaningful education. I am also proud of the work our foundation has done to support them,” said Brent Haken, Oklahoma CareerTech state director.

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Gordon Cooper Tech team qualifies for international robotics championship

Gordon Cooper Technology Center’s robotics team, Sprockets, earned the Impact Award at the FIRST Robotics Oklahoma regional competition recently and is moving on to the international competition in Houston, Texas, in April.

Sprockets team member Katy Grant also received the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist award.

Autry Technology Center’s team, Aviators, received the Judges’ Award.

To see more results, visit the event page on the FIRST Robotics website.

Read more about Sprockets on the team’s Facebook page.


Canadian Valley inventor team moves ahead with memory device

A 10-person student inventor team at Canadian Valley Technology Center says the human brain was the inspiration for its memory device.

The backpack alarm is intended to help students stay organized and to help alleviate their stress.

The students received $7,500 last fall fromthe Lemelson-MIT Foundation to create their product. Team members and their CV Tech staff coahces will go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June to participate in the EurekaFest! showcase.

Read more about the project and the students’ inspiration on the CV Tech website.


Meridian Tech Foundation plans golf tourney

Registration is open for the 2023 Meridian Technology Center Foundation Golf Classic.

The event raises money to support students who need assistance obtaining education and training opportunities. It will be May 26 at the Golf Club at Cimarron Trails in Perkins.

Learn more about the event and register on Meridian Tech’s website.


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Last Modified on Mar 27, 2023
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