CV Tech Graduate Rides Wave of Success to Employment

National runners-up!
CV Tech’s post-secondary Chapter Business Procedures team finished second overall at the SkillsUSA Nationals in Louisville, Ky. The team consisted of (from left): Shanice Johnson, of Yukon; Issaiah Mosley, of Yukon; Rose Baum, of El Reno; Bobby Tran, of Oklahoma City; and Shawnlyn Deitz, of Yukon. Nearly two dozen CV Tech students won state gold medals and earned trips to national contests in four Career Tech student organizations. Yukon's Sharon Harwell competed in two national contests after finishing as best in the state in two organizations.

July 18, 2017

EL RENO – Sharon Harwell started her first real job last week – at least the first one after high school.

Harwell, 18 of Yukon, recalls being asked in her job interview to share about her skills and qualifications.

She was anticipating this moment and relished in it.

Harwell opened a portfolio showcasing a number of accomplishments at Canadian Valley Technology Center that included gold medals in two recent state contests.

Harwell was judged as the very best in Oklahoma. Twice.

She was hired on the spot.

By virtue of winning the gold medals, Harwell earned the opportunity to compete at in Orlando, Fla., and Louisville, Ky., in two different student organization national contests.

Harwell placed 20th nationally in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) contest in Orlando in the basic office systems category.

Shortly thereafter, she also placed 20th in the national SkillsUSA contest in Louisville in the customer service contest.

“I am so happy that I came to Canadian Valley and proud of everything that I accomplished,” Harwell said. “Competing helped me see how much effort everybody puts into things and how competitive it is in the workplace.”

Harwell believes the job interview can make or break job seekers. She is convinced her interview demonstrated that she is a hard worker. She is the daughter of Jim & Ronda Harwell of Yukon.

Now comes an adjustment to looking through purple- and yellow-colored lenses. These are the primary colors of her employer, Planet Fitness of Yukon.

“I’m excited to get started, and I think I can eventually move up in the company,” Harwell said.

While at Canadian Valley, Harwell learned various business office procedures and software applications in the school’s Accounting and Business Education program, taught by Connie Garner at the Dr. Earl Cowan Campus near Yukon.

Virtually all students are given opportunities to compete at district-level contests in their respective student organizations at CV Tech. Some qualify for state contests, and most state champions qualify for national contests.

Other student organizations include Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Other national placers taking the stage this year include CV Tech’s post-secondary Chapter Business Procedures team, which finished second overall at SkillsUSA Nationals.

Besides a written examination, the team had to undergo a live presentation highlighting the proper way to handle motions during a business meeting. The team was coached by CV Tech Precision Machining instructor Marc Belew and consisted of Shanice Johnson, of Yukon, Issaiah Mosley, of Yukon; Rose Baum, of El Reno, Bobby Tran, of Oklahoma City, and Shawnlyn Deitz, of Yukon.

The tandem of Autumn Jones and Kyrsten Huggins finished third nationally in the Focus on Children division at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national contest.

The Biomedical debate team of Anesha Mason, Destiny Moxley, and Monica Mueggenborg placed fourth at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference in Orlando.