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Director's Memo 2023-5-15

Monday, May 15, 2023

Oklahoma BPA wins at National Leadership Conference

Oklahoma members of Business Professionals of America brought home more than 100 awards from the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

Oklahoma took 430 people to the conference, which drew the largest NLC in history, said Paxton Cavin, Oklahoma BPA adviser at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. She was elected to her second term as National BPA Board of Trustees chair.

“Oklahoma BPA seized every opportunity while in Anaheim for the 2023 National Leadership Conference. Not only did our Oklahoma BPA members perform well in their competitive events, but we also had a notable presence in the leadership opportunities and community service efforts that were offered,” Cavin said. “Our association was one of the few to be involved in every student division including middle level, secondary and postsecondary, which is a direct reflection of the Oklahoma CareerTech System.”

Read more on the Oklahoma CareerTech website.


Denney receives Honorary State FFA Degree

Lee Denney, Oklahoma CareerTech chief of staff and former interim state director, was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the Oklahoma FFA State Convention. With her are Trevor Lucas, left, state FFA executive secretary, and Scott Nemecek, right, CareerTech agricultural education state program administrator and state FFA adviser.



Meridian Tech’s STEM program recognized

Project Lead The Way has named Meridian Technology Center’s STEM Academy a Distinguished High School for its biomedical sciences and pre-engineering programs.

PLTW is a national program that provides transformative learning experiences for students and teachers across the country. It focuses on developing problem-solving skills by immersing students in real-world preparatory-level academics. The Distinguished High School award recognizes schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement.

Read more about the honor on Meridian Tech’s website.


Red River Tech gives EMS, nursing students real-life trauma training

Emergency medical services and nursing students at Red River Technology Center recently demonstrated their skills during a live simulation.

The students responded to a mock accident with the assistance of The Chickasaw Nation, Stephens County, the city of Duncan, Duncan Fire Department, Duncan Police Department, Survival Flight, Tri County Wrecking and Sellers Savage, all of which provided equipment and personnel, according to The Duncan Banner.

The students first watched the professional crews respond before resetting the scene and responding themselves, the newspaper said.

The simulation allows students to “get some experience of being in charge instead of just watching all of the time,” EMS instructor Jeff Prater told the newspaper.

Read more on The Duncan Banner website.


Great Plains Tech instructor wins award

Great Plains Technology Center instructor Amy Horton recently received a $2,500 award from Classic Lawton Chevrolet.

Horton is a teacher in the SCORE Dropout Recovery Program at Great Plains Tech.

The dealership accepts nominations each year for the most beloved teacher and presents the award to the teacher who receives the most nominations.

Read more on KSWO’s website.


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Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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