GirlTech Members and Mentors Celebrate Successful Year With Luncheon

CHICKASHA – Canadian Valley Technology Center's GirlTech program concluded the year recently with a luncheon and celebration in honor of the members and their mentors.

GirlTech mentors, CV Tech administrators and instructors of GirlTech students also attended the luncheon. Advisors Gay Pettit and Shelli Chipman recognized and presented certificates of accomplishment to GirlTech mentees, and the students then presented their mentors with certificates of appreciation.

El Reno Academic Center Coordinator Shelli Chipman has teamed up with Chickasha campus KEYS Center Coordinator Gay Pettit for the past several years to make the GirlTech program a district-wide collaboration available to female students across the district. "Shelli and I have worked together with this program for a few years now, and we enjoy being able to collaborate and share responsibilities," Pettit said. "Most importantly, Shelli and I working as a team has been beneficial to everyone involved in the program."

Pettit was pleased with the outcome of the day's luncheon. "I want all of these girls to not only believe in themselves and their abilities, but also commit to the goals and careers that they really want, and not just what society expects of them."

Chickasha campus students and mentors participating in this year's program include:

  • Jacquelene Bradford, adult, CADD; Mentors: Joie Wall and Jean Rogers, Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation, and Katie Byers, MA+ Architecture
  • Mary McLaughlin, adult, Computer Information Systems; Mentor, Annette Charboneau, USAO
  • Amanda DeLong, adult, Auto Service; Mentor, Kimberly Cook, Steve Cook Creations
  • Jennifer Foulk, adult, CADD; Mentors: Joie Wall and Jean Rogers, Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation, and Amy Carrell, Marcum's Nursery
  • Destiny Hanley, Tuttle HS, Service Careers; Mentor: Crickett Scott, USAO and Amy Carrell, Marcum's Nursery
  • Ashley Hannah, Chickasha HS, CADD; Mentors: Joie Wall and Jean Rogers, Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation, and Katie Byers, MA+ Architecture
  • Brecken Ibsen, Alex HS, CADD; Mentors: Joie Wall and Jean Rogers, Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation, and Katie Byers, MA+ Architecture
  • Ashley Parks, Rush Springs HS, Service Careers; Mentor, Crickett Scott, USAO
  • Dystany Stephens, Ninnekah HS, Service Careers; Mentors: Crickett Scott, USAO and Loretta Boller, CV Tech
  • Linda Treadaway, Rush Springs HS, Service Careers; Mentors: Crickett Scott, USAO and Loretta Boller, CV Tech
  • Victoria Westman, Chickasha HS, Auto Body; Mentor, Kimberly Cook, Steve Cook Creations
  • Harley White, Tuttle HS, Precision Machining; Mentors: Connie Thompson and Malinda Ervin, Baity Screw Machine and Destiny Robitaille, Easton Corp
  • Melanie Willis, adult, Computer Information Systems; Mentor, Annette Charboneau, USAO

GirlTech 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 had the opportunity to participate in job shadowing, mentoring, soft skills training, career exploration and personal development.