eMS students place at State HOSA Competition

May 10, 2018 - For Immediate Release

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Recently, students from Kiamichi Technology Center’s (KTC) Emergency Medical Services programs competed in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Contests in Norman, Oklahoma.  HOSA has more than 200,000 members in approximately 4,100 chartered chapters in 53 state associations, including American Samoa, Canada, Germany, Guam, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  Oklahoma has a membership of over 6,000, including middle school, secondary, postsecondary, collegiate students; professional members; and alumni members. The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.


Paul Lynn and Nathan Summerlin received second place in the Emergency Medical Technician contest.  Stephen Taylor and Bobby Jenkins placed first in the Emergency Medical Technician contest.  Kalen Melton received first place in Pathophysiology.  Amber Zimmer, Dakota Partain, Wenoa McCollum, Mindi Wheat, Amber Childers, and Shayna Ross placed 1 st in the Public Health competition.  All first place award winners will compete in HOSA’s International Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas June 27-30, 2018.


Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties.  KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state.  KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields.   KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.  For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at www.ktc.edu.  Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ktcpoteau. Amanda Pond Dever and Gage Carrell are the first two students from Oklahoma to receive their Employability Soft Skills Certifications through Microburst Learning.  They are both students at Kiamichi Technology Centers-Idabel This rigorous certification highlights their knowledge of interpersonal skills and how to excel in a work environment.  Amanda is an adult student in the Culinary Arts program, and Gage has just completed the Industrial Technology program.