CV Tech program provides support for girls for support in non-traditional programs

CHICKASHA, OK – Canadian Valley Technology Center's Girl Tech Program recently kicked off its year with an initial meeting and luncheon, giving CV Tech female students and their mentors an overview of the program, along with training in preparation for the coming year.

GirlTech members and their mentors began the day with teambuilding and communication exercises on the campuses low Ropes course. Following the Ropes session, Gay Pettit, GirlTech advisor, led a training session, introducing members and mentors to the GirlTech organization and highlighting the year's activities. Participants also received technology training from Dr. Don Wilson, CV Tech's Director of Educational Technology, for the technical tools they will utilize throughout the year.

"I am very excited about the diverse group of young ladies we have participating in the program this year," Gay Pettit, Girl Tech advisor, said. "We have high school students and adults from Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Computer Information Systems, HVAC, Welding, Precision Machining and Service Careers."

The group includes female students from not only the Chickasha campus, but CV Tech's El Reno campus as well. "Shelli Chipman, advisor for El Reno Girl Tech students, and I, will be co-sponsors for the program again this year," Pettit said. "We are very excited to be working together and giving the students from both campuses the opportunity to get to know one another better, as well the opportunity to network with mentors from industry."

Currently CV Tech's Girl Tech program includes nine women from the Chickasha campus:
   • Icy Avery, adult, Precision Machining; mentors Destiny Robitaille, Easton Corp., and        Cassandra Abrams, Badgett's
   • Tonya Hightower, adult, HVAC; mentor Danielle Plemons, Hunton Group
   • Brecken Ibsen, Alex HS, Computer Aided Drafting and Design; mentors Katie Byers, Marcia Gallant, and LeAnna Richter, MA+ Architecture
   • Mary McLaughlin, adult, Computer Information Systems; mentor Candis Ryczkowski Mustang Schools
   • Ashley Parks, Rush Springs HS, Service Careers; mentor Cricket Scott, USAO
   • Linda Treadaway, Rush Springs HS, Welding; mentor, Loretta Boller, CV Tech
   • Taisha West, adult, Computer Aided Drafting and Design; mentors Joie Wall, Kamber Norman and Jean Rogers, OK Dept. of Transportation
   • Melanie Willis, adult, Computer Information Systems; mentors Hayley Rader, Mustang Schools and Erica Miller, CV Tech

Girl Tech offers female students opportunities in a variety of activities designed to provide awareness of the trade and industry, information technology, scientific research and engineering fields. It also allows students to develop career skills and pursue further exploration in these fields. The program emphasizes career development, communication skills, assertiveness skills, time management, course advisement and portfolio development.

Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, face time and real time with mentors, career exploration and personal development.

For more information on the Girl Tech program, or in becoming a mentor with the program, please contact Pettit at CV Tech, at (405) 222-7574 or email her at