CV Tech Hosts SkillsUSA Leadership Conference

Karla Monjaraz, a Bethany High School senior, was a keynote speaker during the state SkillUSA Leadership Conference on Thursday at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus. Monjaraz is enrolled in Digital Media Technology at CV Tech and was elected a state officer for this school year.

November 3, 2017

EL RENO – More than five hundred students from across the state converged on Canadian Valley Technology Center’s campus for the Northwest District Fall Leadership Conference on Thursday.

CV Tech Student Organization Coordinator Wendi Ferrell said the event had outgrown previous hosting sites.

“Since we have this outstanding facility, we offered to host the event,” she said.

Canadian Valley’s El Reno Campus re-opened in January following more than three years of reconstruction in the wake of a May 2013 tornado that destroyed all nine buildings at the site.

SkillsUSA is one of four student organizations in which CV Tech students can participate, based on the type of full-time program they are enrolled. Other student organizations are Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Ferrell said student organizations also enhance the overall student experience by providing opportunities for district, state and national competitions. Last year, CV Tech had 43 state champions and 24 state runners-up among the four student organizations.

All students enrolled in SkillsUSA have the opportunity to attend this conference for leadership development, Ferrell said. 

“We try and encourage as many students as possible to be involved,” she said. “The conference is an excellent leadership development opportunity for them.    

CV Tech student Karla Monjaraz provided the keynote address. Monjarez, a Bethany High School senior, is enrolled in Digital Media Technology. She was among the state runners-up last summer and was elected SkillsUSA State Parliamentarian.

The SkillsUSA creed includes profession of beliefs in the dignity of work, in the American way of life and in education.