In addition to the many exciting programs available to students, Tulsa Tech provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of career and technical student organizations (CTSO’s) related to their particular career interest. These essential groups allow students to develop leadership skills, network with professionals across the nation, and get involved in numerous projects for the betterment of our community. Students begin by participating at the local level in various CTSO activities and competitions, with many participants advancing to district, state, and possibly national ranks.
Tulsa Tech is a proud host to several chapters of CTSO’s, including Business Professionals of America (BPA), DECA Association of Marketing Students, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Future Health Professionals (HOSA), Oklahoma Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT), SkillsUSA, Technology Student Organization (TSA), and the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).
Jordyn Davis, a former student who studied Pre-Engineering and Biomedical Sciences while at Tulsa Tech, discovered that she missed many of the benefits and activities related to her involvement in a career-related student organization after she began attending Oklahoma State University.
“At first I didn’t think much about it, but the more I thought, I began to realize how I missed having those connections and how valuable many of the activities were as a student,” Davis said. “That’s when I started to explore the possibility of forming a HOSA chapter here at OSU, and began to see what steps might be involved.”
The HOSA student organization provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs across the nation.
The former Bixby High School student discovered there were several steps involved with not only the formation of a new chapter, but also that the final phase would involve approval by the university.
“The entire process of forming the chapter and getting approval took about four months,” Davis said. “The requirements included finding a professor from Oklahoma State who could serve as our advisor, along with four officers, a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, in addition to 10 active members currently registered with the organization.”
Davis, currently a sophomore at OSU majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences, with a goal of eventually becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, worked diligently to meet those requirements before meeting with university officials for final approval.
“After our group had obtained an advisor, and chosen our four officers, I had to appear before both the Student Organization Committee and the Student Government Association Senate for OSU,” Davis said. “The entire process was challenging and a lot of work. I was very happy and somewhat relieved once our chapter at Oklahoma State had been approved.”
The future pediatrician nurse hopes that other students in health-related degree paths at OSU will also benefit from their involvement with HOSA.
“My involvement with HOSA has helped me both as a student and as an individual,” Davis said. “I used to be really shy, and now I am able to speak up within a small group, or even speak to a large group. My involvement in HOSA has also given me the opportunity to meet other members within the state and across the country. I would not have gained those skills or had those types of friendships and network without HOSA.”
On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students, Tulsa Tech thanks amazing individuals like Jordyn Davis for their exceptional service, and for being such incredible ambassadors and advocates for our state, and all of Oklahoma Career and Technical Education.