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Southeastern hosts Career Discovery Day for eighth-graders

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes the students to campus Thursday morning.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomes the students to campus Thursday morning.

District Attorney Emily Redman offers career advice Thursday morning.

District Attorney Emily Redman offers career advice Thursday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DURANT, Okla. – The campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the site Thursday for the “It Starts Now’’ 8th Grade Career Discovery Day.

More than 600 students participated and learned more about careers in such areas as education, legal, medical, science, law enforcement, the arts, vocational, and media communications. Professionals from 16 different career clusters presented information about the jobs available in their fields and training requirements to obtain those positions.

Participating schools were Durant, Calera, Victory Life, Caddo, Boswell, Silo, Rock Creek, Achille, Coleman, Bennington and Colbert.

The event was sponsored by Southeastern, the Southern Workforce Board, Thje Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, First United Bank, Burrage Law Firm, Cardinal Glass, CMC Commercial Metals, Durant Industrial Authority, KBBC B99.7 the Buzz & 106.3 KLBC, OG& E, First Texoma Bank, Landmark Bank, and Red River Ford-Lincoln

Local radio general manager Jason Taylor serves as emcee for Career Discovery Day.

Local radio general manager Jason Taylor serves as emcee for Career Discovery Day.

Todd Hughes, Senior Director of Tribal Solutions at The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, makes a presentation at Career Day.

Todd Hughes, Senior Director of Tribal Solutions at The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, makes a presentation at Career Day.

Area eighth graders attend Career Discovery Day at Southeastern

Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman was a community participant in Career Discovery Day. Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers  Thursday.

Bryan County District Attorney Emily Redman was a community participant in Career Discovery Day.

DURANT, Okla. –  “It Starts Now’’ was  the theme for Career Discovery Day Thursday at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

More than 600 eighth grade students from throughout southeastern Oklahoma attended the event, which was designed to provide information about higher education and career opportunities.

Southeastern president Sean Burrage welcomed the students to campus at a genral session to open the day.

During breakout sessions, students heard from community professionals in such fields as Engineering, Manufacturing, Education, Business, Law Enforcement, Medical, Legal, Media and Communications, Arts, and Military.

The event was sponsored by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Center for Regional Competitiveness, and the Southern Workforce Board.

Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers Thursday

Jay Cuesta provides information to students interested in health care careers Thursday

Southeastern’s Kathy Hendrick receives Governor’s Commendation for service on workforce board

Southeastern’s Kathy Hendrick receives Governor’s Commendation for service on workforce board

Press Release Date: 7-5-2011

Kathy Hendrick

DURANT, Okla. – On behalf of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Keith Buelow, Southern Workforce Board Chairman, presented the Governor’s Commendation to four board members for outstanding contributions and dedication to Southern Workforce Board’s workforce development initiatives.

The Southern Workforce Board is industry-driven and its mission is to implement the strategic process that aligns workforce with economic development in partnership with the community to maximize opportunities and address needs.

Among the four recipients was Kathy Hendrick, Director of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Center for Regional Economic Development. She has served on the Southern Workforce Board for two years. She is the chair of the SWB’s Business Services Team and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee.

Hendrick was instrumental in the development of the Texoma Regional Consortium (TRC), a two-state alliance with Southern Workforce Board and the Texoma Workforce Development Board (Texas ) in 2005. Due to the TRC collaboration and partnering with two states, the region is now also involved in a tourism branding initiative centered around Lake Texoma and the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations resorts. The TRC has won state, regional, and international awards for its workforce initiatives.