Thousands of students from across the nation recently competed in state-wide contests as part of their chosen CareerTech Student Organization, and eight students from the Northeast Tech Kansas Campus have had or will have the opportunity to represent Oklahoma at national competitions this year.

SkillsUSA, Business Professionals of America (BPA) and the HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals are just three of several CareerTech Student Organizations available to students across the nation. Each organization hosts local, state and national competitions in which students put their trade skills to the test against peers from across the country.

“Our board and instructors realize the importance of these competitions, not only for the skills and professional networking opportunities it brings to the students, but also because it expands their world a little bit,” said Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis. “For that reason, our district sends a number of students to the competitions each year.”

Skills USA and HOSA have yet to hold their national contests, but the BPA National Conference was held in Orlando last month. Visual Communications post-secondary student Jesse Downing claimed the National Championship win in Mobile Applications. Additionally, post-secondary student Layla Evans placed fifth in the national Graphic Design Promotion contest. Other Visual Communications students who qualified for the national competition were Jalin Houchin (Jay HS), Emmalea Johnson and Kaitlynn Roller (Locust Grove HS), and adult student William Overbey.

Among those going to the SkillsUSA National competition in Louisville is Joseph Friesen, a home-schooled electrical student at Northeast Tech. Friesen placed first in his competition category – industrial motor controls – at the state competition.

And rounding out the Northeast Tech delegation of competitors is Practical Nursing student Linda Shipp who will travel to Orlando later this month to compete in the HOSA National Competition. Shipp will represent Oklahoma in the Medical Terminology category.

Kansas Campus Director Greg Mitchell is not surprised at the number of students from his campus who advanced to nationals, and he’s hoping the final two will also bring home a national championship.

“These students work for months to perfect the project or skill on which they’re going to be tested, and while most of the credit goes to the students, I know our instructors are also an important part of our success in CTSO competitions,” Mitchell said. “It won’t surprise me one bit if another one of our students comes home as a national champion.”

About Northeast Technology Center

Northeast Tech’s campuses are located in Afton, Kansas, Pryor and Claremore. Through its full-time daytime classes, short-term evening classes, and its business and industry services and training, Northeast Tech serves well over 34,000 patrons per year. For more information on any of the classes or training programs available, visit Northeast Tech’s website at or call (918) 825-7040.