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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.
Several Administrative Assistant students attended the October Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium in downtown Oklahoma City. OK Ethics fosters positive characteristics of integrity in the successful achievement of its goals. Their guiding principles were developed based on the Character First Institute’s values and philosophies. Sound familiar Metro Tech?
The Keynote Speaker for the consortium was Mr. Chuck Colson, “Do the Right Thing”. Mr. Colson is a popular and widely known speaker, author, and radio commentator. He was an aide to former President, Richard Nixon and is the founder of Prison Fellowship, Break Point, and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Fellow student, Garliec Embery said Colson made the audience really thing about two questions; How would you describe the ethical climate in this country? and How does one arrive at agreement about moral truths that transcend differences in individuals’ upbringing and perspectives? “In my opinion, one’s ethics and morals begin in the home and it is all about how you were raised,” Embery said. “I enjoyed the meeting and would love to attend another OK Ethics luncheon. It was great.”
Another student, Jessica Lagunes-Flores said she was very impressed at how everyone presented themselves at the event. “During lunch they showed a movie presentation
about “How to Better our Society,” Lagunes-Flores. “Mr. Colson spoke about problems and solutions to some of our country’s problems .I am very grateful that my instructor and Metro Tech gave me the opportunity to experience the OK Ethics luncheon.”
Anticipation was in the air for the 2011 Oklahoma Creativity Forum in Norman on 11~1~11!
Metro Tech students from Graphic Design, Administrative Assistant and the Metro Career Academy proudly wore their sleek MTC shirts and represented themselves well with 1100+ other progressive thinkers from Oklahoma and the nation.
The Oklahoma Creativity Forum (OKCF2011) was a stimulating site with a chandelier of foil sculptures and rows of art, exhibits, books and other curiously creative things. The opening session did not disappoint. The story of Wishing Well: Water for the World was told with the creative use of art, music, media and culture.Students were encouraged to spread out during the opening session to meet others and
share creative conversations.
Everyone seemed to like the panel discussion about Creativity Driving the 21st Century, especially Robert J. Sternberg from OSU.Bart Conner, MC of OKCF2011, and Desmond Mason may have been the first Olympian and NBA star students have had the opportunity to be in the same room with, let alone to be inspired by them. Students picked their sessions and took it all in. Soon, we will post a blog collecting all of their thoughts and inspirations to share with you.
Please share in the comments what you brought home from the OKCF2011 and your thoughts on using creativity to solve the worlds problems.
This year’s Culinary Arts Assistants prepared Oklahoma’s State meal: chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and corn. The day before we cooked the meal, we prepped all the ingredients. The Oklahoma State meal was our introduction to cooking, seeing as how it was our first time in a professional kitchen. To me, this was the best part; becoming familuar with all of the equipment.
We learned some fun facts about Oklahoma. Did you know the Oklahoma state drink is milk? I
Preparing the meal required a lot of teamwork to pull it off. In the end we were more than satisfied, especially after only having 30 minutes to scarf it down and clean the kitchen! We were rushed to enjoy all of our hard work but it was still a great experience. Be sure to catch up with me next time to learn about the upcoming,
wonderful experiences of the culinary mind and professional kitchen.
Metro Technology Centers Horticulture and Culinary Arts students learned about local business and viticulture at the Redland Juice Company in Lexington, Oklahoma. Viticulture is the science and production of grapes and grape products in a vineyard. Metro Tech students toured the vineyard as part of their hands-on experience in the fields in which they are continuing their education.
Culinary Arts student, Kristen Gers said she never realized how important grapes were in Oklahoma. “I couldn’t believe two to four tons of grapes can be grown on a single acre,” said Gers. The Redland Juice Company is a seven acre vineyard that produces only grape juice.
Co-owners of Redland Juice Company, Jill Strichler and Kathy Bates, operate the Made-In-Oklahoma (MIO) vineyard. “We are proud of our products and what they stand for in terms of quality, taste and for the state of Oklahoma,” said Strichler. Bates and Strichler invite students and grape enthusiasts to the vineyard to teach them about
grapes as a unique crop that is produced in Oklahoma. Along with touring the vineyard, students learned how to use a refractometer to check the sugar content in grapes and learn about what it takes to become a MIO company.
Horticulture student Leola Scott said tasting the various flavors of grape juice the Redland Juice Company Produces was a nice surprise. “The tastes were so unique and refreshing,” Scott continued. “I couldn’t believe the difference in the quality of this juice compared to what I’m used to having from stores”.
Gift # 1: Anyone who goes to Metro Tech is seeking to gain the necessary skills for their chosen career path. This is an understatement. I came here with virtually nothing in regards to training for Administrative Assistant (my major at Metro Tech). I am now fully confident in the skills I’ve acquired. This is a big stepping stone that will help me further my career in business.
Along with my extensive training, I’ve gained something that I didn’t expect; personal development. As I was given the opportunity to take a leadership role as the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Class President, I’ve learned so much about people and even more about myself.
Gift # 2: Metro Tech has exposed me to people that I love having in my life, priceless. In a matter of months, we grew as a family. It was unreal. I feel so comfortable with my classmates, other students, my teacher and all of the staff I have gotten to know at Metro Tech.
My classmates and I have an amazing support system, and we’re always pushing each other to go further and to do better. It’s a truly awesome gift to gain different insights from each other. My teacher is always there for me. It’s comforting to have such a strong person watching out for me. As for the staff, there is nothing they won’t do to help me achieve my goals.
Gift # 3: Words cannot express the endless amount of opportunity Metro Tech has given me. From volunteering in my community to being a leader, I have several opportunities to pay it forward. We have worked events like raising money for the United Way through a Garage Sale. Students and staff donated clothes, toys, and appliances and we worked the sale from beginning to end.
At the Festival de las Americas parade we showed support to our cherished Hispanic community. Over 80 students marched the streets of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, representing our school.
The biggest honor was to volunteer during the Creativity World Forum. This spectacular event was to promote advancement in all areas of life through creativity. This was the first time the
forum had been held in the United States and Oklahoma City was chosen. I knew this was a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity and because of Metro Tech, I was able to take it.
With all of the opportunities to giving back to the community; there is ample amount of opportunity for professional development. “Winning the Workplace Challenge” was a workshop held at Metro Tech. The workshop taught exercises on how to deal with conflict in the workplace. There was also the BPA’s Fall Leadership Conference. I had the honor of meeting the BPA State President. I attended his workshop and learned a lot more about what it is to be a leader and what it can mean for me, my career and my community.
Metro Technology Centers has given me more than what I expected and for that I am grateful.
THANK YOU METRO TECH!!!
I am one of the thirteen students from Metro Tech that was chosen to be a volunteer for the Creativity World Forum. This is the first time the forum will be held in the United States and they chose Oklahoma City to host this huge event. I attended an awesome luncheon to teach us international protocal and meal ettiquite. Superintendent Dr.Branscum, the Associate Superintendent Dr.Vincent, and my two favorite ladies, Ms. Liz Guerrero and Ms. Bonnie James.
Another awesome lady, Hilarie a protocol expert presented us with all we will need to know to greet international guests. Ms.Blaney’s lessons were so effective. She told use about each country our guest would be coming from, what to do, and what not to do when greeting or speaking to them. My favorite lesson was meal etiquette. No you sillies, not because I got to chow down, but because it opened my eyes. I now know….I eat like a barbarian. I’m still training myself how to eat Continental style. We also learned about how to have an effective handshake. Ha, and my handshake game is on lock!!!
I would like to thank Metro Tech for giving me this opportunity. They will never know how much it means to me.