Health Careers Center
We are the Metro Tech Hunger Fighters, a group of four students that want to make a difference for the hungry in OKC. We are students in Metro Tech’s Biomedical Sciences Academy. As part of our community service project for HOSA, we chose to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBO).
Please meet two of the MT Hunger Fighters and learn a little bit about why the issue of hunger is important to them.
Elizabeth Morris, 16, grew up in Oklahoma City. She comes from a large family and understands the importance of food to feed her family. Elizabeth has a huge heart for her community and is excited to push the Hunger Fighters mission to its fullest potential.
Melanie Stromie, 17, has experienced the struggle of making ends meet at home. Her family had money problems and at times it was hard keeping food on the table. She wants to help feed other families that know what hunger feels like. Melanie is proud to be a MT Hunger Fighter!
The MT Hunger Fighters chose to support the buy cialis RFBO after touring the facility. “We did an exercise to try to find food on a limited or non-existent budget, Melanie said. “We saw firsthand how RFBO grows some of their own food and distributes food to feed OKCs hungry”.
This year, the Hunger Fighters are raising awareness about hunger by visiting their peers and at elementary schools about talking to them about resources and ways to help fight hunger in Oklahoma. “We will be hosting food drives and a fundraising run,” Elizabeth said. “We really want to spread our message and gain even more momentum”. The Hunger Fighters are hoping to host
a run on the Metro Tech Springlake campus on March 30, 2012.
We care about our community. We are students who believe we can make a difference. We are the Metro Tech Hunger Fighters.
Please show your support by liking our Facebook page to learn about our upcoming events.
I am a first year student in the Radiologic Technology program. Wednesday, September 28, was our first day of our clinical rotations. My rotation is at the OU Physicians’ Building located at 825 NE 10th street in Oklahoma City. I will go to clinicals on Wednesday and Friday from 8:00am until 4:00pm for the remainder of the semester.
I was nervous to begin my first week at OU Physicians but excited to see the Radiology department in
action! On my first day I was able to see a variety of procedures, exams, and patient interaction. I especially enjoyed observing pain management and dysphagiograms which are done using fluoroscopic equipment to show a live image. I was even able to take my first chest x-ray on a patient!
Students go to various clinical sites throughout Oklahoma City. As students, we are able to observe and practice our skills with supervision and apply our knowledge we learn at the Metro Tech Health Careers Center. We will continue to learn techniques and procedures in class and will be tested
on them in the field. I am lucky to have Chris Hobbs and Katie Jones as mentors at my clinical site. Both Chris and Katie were once Metro Tech student who are now certified Radiologic Technologists! I look forward to working with them and all my future clinical visits.
The sound of twisting balloons and laughter could be heard bouncing off the walls of Northeast Academy of Engineering. Down the east corridor, a huge balloon structure hung from the ceiling. Middle school students are learning about engineering and technology at the Metro Technology Centers’ Nanotechnology Summer camp during the week of July 5th. The balloon activity allows students to make a model of a Carbon Nano Tube, or as they called it, CNT.
Ninth grader, Michael Smith, said CNT can be found in almost every technology we use today. “Carbon Nano tubes are used in modern day technology in touch screens, like on your cell phone,” Smith said pointing to my Samsung. CNT cells bind together creating a bond that is used to strengthen materials, conduct electricity and transfer energy, thus making smart phones touch-screen friendly. Nanotechnology is the use of engineering and technology on a microscopic (or even smaller) level.
Metro Tech’s, Nano Tech camp instructor Kelan Berry says the camp gives kids a chance to experience the fun components of the emerging field of engineering and nanotechnology. “Instead of sitting on the couch, these kids get to have fun and hopefully find an interest in something they might not have known about,” Berry said. “We want to show them how exciting engineering and science can be and to have a good time while they are learning. I believe in fun.”
Berry and Northeast instructor, Jonathan Roberts, have included as much fun into the camp as possible. “Mr. Berry asked if we wanted to play with a Buckyball, he grabbed at the air and threw it at us,” fourteen year-old Aamaurahi Gaddis said. “We learned that Buckyballs are substances so small they can’t even be seen with a microscope and are thinner than a ray of light.” For those of us that don’t know; Buckyballs are strong, rigid natural molecules arranged in a series of interlocking hexagonal shapes, forming structures that resemble soccer balls. (Thank you, Nanodic.com)
Nano Tech camper, Seven Roberts, a 9th grade student from Northeast, said she can see this type of technology in her future. “I want to be a pediatrician,” Roberts said. “We are learning how nanotechnology is used to treat cancer. I can see this relating to me when I go to college and work in the Health Science field.”
During the camp students are exposed to many different engineering and technology fields, what education is needed and how much income they could potentially earn working in these fields. The Nanotechnology Summer camp was funded by the National Science Foundation and was developed as part of CareerTech’s STEM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The curriculum and projects were developed by CareerTech and Oklahoma State Board of Education.
Metro Tech is proud to announce that students from HOSA came back to Oklahoma with a gold medal and top ten placing in the HOSA 34th Annual National Leadership conference in Anaheim, California. Students who won first place in state competitions moved onto the national competition during the week of June 18, 2011.
We would like to congratulate Practical Nursing student, Dawnn Wright, for winning first in the HOSA Epidemiology competition. Wright scored the highest in recognizing, identifying, defining, and interpreting epidemiology concepts in a written response to a case study and 50-item multiple choice test.
Metro Tech’s Practical Nursing Instructor, Lavayne Pepper, says HOSA’s competitive events encourage students to be detail oriented while achieving high standards of excellence in their chosen fields. “Being involved in HOSA gives Health Careers student the opportunity to polish their leadership and teamwork skills which are important qualitieis for healthcare professionals,” Pepper said.
Metro Tech students also placed in the top ten of the national competition in Parliamentary Procedures, Nutrition Knowledge Test and the HOSA Bowl. Congratulations to
Jarnae Thronesberry for placing fourth in the Nutrition Knowledge test. The Parliamentary Procedures team also placed fourth. Congratulations to Kevin Cabe, Holly Hibdon, Angelica Martinez, Joanna Pantoja, Lourdes Saldana and Grace Salewon. HOSA Bowl competitors placed seventh. Congratulations to Chris Carr, Kristi Divelbiss, Cari Odle and Karen Renshaw.
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.
The Capitol Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Africa West 2011. Africa West is to be held on the Metro Technology Centers Springlake campus at 1900 Springlake Drive off of Martin Luther King Avenue on Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. to 9 pm.
Africa West brings together the community, historians, political leaders, and businesses to celebrate the “African American Imprint” in Oklahoma. Africa West is an event for the entire family with live music, food, art exhibits, a fashion show, historical story telling of the culture of African America and Oklahoma African Indian Territory.
Chandra Currelley, actress and jazz singer of Tyler Perry Productions will close the event with songs from The Diary of a Mad Black Woman and the upcoming film, Madea’s Big Happy Family. Representation of Ethiopia and Ghana will perform with an opening procession on Saturday morning. Ghana Queen Mother, Florence Berko, will represent the Akwapim-Akropong area of Ghana. Her role as a Queen Mother is to aid in the development of her people through social, cultural, educational and political representation.
The Africa West event is designed to create involvement in the Northeast Oklahoma City community and to highlight the need for safety, community and economic development, health and education improvements. The Capitol Chamber of Commerce has partnered with corporate sponsors, health organizations, financial institutions, and local businesses to address these issues.
I live in an inspired world. Filling lives with hope and planting seeds of wonderful dreams. The people I encounter are just as I see them but less of what they see. Cultivating others is what I enjoy. Taking something from good to great is a challenge. I desire to search the person for the pearls we each posses and help others understand their value.
Every day my life is changed when I encounter all the beauty my students radiate. I don’t see the negative labels others place on them. I simply see what is beneath the surface and I desire to go deep sea diving in their worlds and bring them to life.
By: Ms C.
Bright, colorful, alive
The past does not define you
The present is your gift
Destined for greatness
Only deterred by poor decisions
Your path is yours to walk
Stopping often to enjoy the beauty around you
The future genius
The future parent
The next great thing
If only you can imagine
The career you choose
The specialness you posses
The world needs you to survive
The world needs your unique gifts and talents
Your present welcomes you
Your past releases you
Your future awaits you
Coming to a classroom near you,
***NEW PARENTING CLASS
The MCA Parent Resource Center in partnership with Healthy Start and Counseling Solutions and Interventions (CSI) will begin a basic parenting class Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the Metro Career Academy.
This 12-session class is designed for parents of children from birth to age 3. The curriculum will consist of the following topics:
Choosing a Pediatrician
Choosing a child care facility
How to advocate for your child
Certificates provided for parents/care givers who complete the 12-session class.
**This parenting class may meet court mandated requirements. An assessment must be made to determine the needs of the court-referred client.
Transportation will be provided upon request. For further information call Patricia Edmond @ 427-3200 or Carole Brown @ 595-4325.
If you have a family member, loved one or friend whose drinking bothers you, you may be a candidate for AL-ANON.
The first meeting will be held Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the Parent Resource Center—1901 Springlake Drive. Contact Carole Brown @ 595-4325.
Join Metro Tech for the 2nd Annual Parent Academy on this Saturday March 26th from 10am – 4 pm. Carole Brown, Director of Metro Tech’s Parent Resource Center has designed the event in hopes of teaching parents the importance of involvement in the education of their children. It’s also a wonderful way for parents and families to learn of community resources available for their use. The event will take place at 1900 Springlake Drive at the Business Conference Center.
Special events include:
-Free Immunizations by the OKC County Health Department. (Bring copies of the child’s immunization records)
- Free lunch- The Taste of Diversity
- Free childcare (must pre-register)
- Workshops include: Gang Awareness and Prevention, Understanding Social Media, Parents Assuring Student Success, Conflict Resolution, Bullying: It’s Everyone’s Business, Powder Puff Self Defense, “Edutaining” Your Kids and Navigating the School System.
To register online: visit http://www.metrotech.edu/community/Parent_Academy.html
To register by phone: call 595-4325.
Don’t miss this exciting event!!! Help prevent student drop outs!!
While at one of my middle schools I visit, I sit in a room full of our future leaders. I wonder who they will become. I sit among the brightest and the best who have yet to realize or maximize their true potential. I listen to the voices as they begin to change from child to adolescent. I love what I do! As the Career Specialist for Rogers Middle School and Crooked Oak Middle school the opportunity always awaits for me to stand in awe of youth. Someone must stand and shine a light onto a dark path and have the courage and conviction to plant a seed. In my world ”Encouragement”, is an action word. So I decided to read along with my students and the book of choice is awesome.
The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake. Working in a middle school setting creates a new desire to understand my children and relate to who they are at this very vital moment in their young life.
So I asked my kiddo’s for a “Top 5″ book list and agreed to read all of the books with them. The Skin I’m In is awesome. Stay tuned to find out more.
Talk at cha later,
“Be convicted enough to be committed to change the world starting with yourself.”
I believe that CareerTech is in my blood.
My father, my children, and I have all been actively involved in a CareerTech program while we each attended high school. Through my own involvement I learned skills and had the opportunity to participate in leadership and teamwork activities. These experiences provided a strong foundation for me as I later became a CareerTech teacher. Through the years I have had the opportunity to provide similar experiences for my own students and hopefully this will help to continue the impact of CareerTech for many years to come.
*Patricia is the coach for Metro Tech students who are preparing for competitions in Parlimentary Procedure. Her students take pride in the work they do and the competitions they face. You can read more about this year’s Parly team on student blogger, Bianca’s blog. Patricia can answere all of your Parlimentary Procedure questions on Twitter @ParlyPro or find her on Facebook.