HOSA E-Magazine - page 9

“I am Oklahoma CareerTech.”
This sentence epitomizes the
purpose of the 48th Annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education
Summer Conference. Your Region I Vice President
Santina Cherian
Secondary Board Representative
Tammy Phillips
had the pleasure of
attending this event, which serves as the major professional development
activity for Oklahoma CareerTech teachers, counselors, administrators, and
state staff. This conference took place on August 3-5 at the Cox Business
Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
While there, your national officers had the opportunity to see the passion
that the Oklahoma CareerTech family possesses up close as they learned
innovative technical and instructional skills and networked with participants
from all over the state. In addition to the conference, the CareerTech Expo
was also an invaluable resource to the educators in attendance, allowing
them exposure to over 150 exhibiting companies that showcased cutting-edge
products and services available in the career and technology education field.
Simply being in the presence of such innovation, your national officers felt
a renewed belief that the strength of the CareerTech system will continue to
positively impact lives, especially those of HOSA members.
We are beyond excited to welcome a new division into our National HOSA family: the middle
school division. Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, the middle school division is a nationally
recognized division meaning that the resources and opportunities offered to the secondary and
postsecondary levels are now also available to middle schools around the nation. Middle schools
are not new to HOSA as several state associations already have a well-established middle school
At the national level, middle school students are able to compete in a number of events such
as Extemporaneous Health Poster, Healthy Lifestyle, and Prepared Speaking. These events will
allow our middle school members to expand upon their health and leadership skills and provide
avenues for them to network with their peers and future goal aspirations. Alongside competitive
events, middle school members can also be recognized through the HOSA Recognition category
such as Barbara James Service Award, HOSA Happenings, and the National Service Project.
To establish a middle school chapter, visit the publications section of resources on the
National HOSA website to find the Middle School Handbook. This handbook is the essential
toolbox to starting a chapter, as well as maintaining a chapter for the members to get the most
out of their early HOSA experience. In the handbook, there are a range of topics organized
in a manner that will effectively bring a middle school chapter to the next level in helping their
members strive to be future health professionals.
HOSA Middle School Division
Submitted by Barbara Sanchez – Florida HOSA
State Northern Vice-President, PS/C
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