VOTECH: More than classroom education

Johnny Lee, from left, JaQuante Grimes, Robert Raines, Aquavious Brown and Curtis Green work on an engine at Automotive class at OVC. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Johnny Lee, from left, JaQuante Grimes, Robert Raines, Aquavious Brown and Curtis Green work on an engine at Automotive class at OVC. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

 

OKOLONA – In addition to hands-on skilled and technical training, the Okolona Vocational Center offers students an extra opportunity to interact with community members.
During the first semester, students participated in a safety awareness program. Members of the Okolona Fire Department visited the complex to demonstrate the propler use of fire extinguishers by creating a small, controlled fire and allowing students to practice putting it out. A representative of Farm Bureau Insurance also brought a slide show of the effects of not following safety rules.
In October, OVC held the annual College and Career day with representatives of local, area and outside businesses setting up boths to provide employment information to students.
Also in October, OVC students participated in the annual Pre-school Fall Festival. Hosted by Annie Gates, children from local daycare centers were invited to the complex for storytelling, games, and activties. OVC students assisted with the festival.
OVC students also participated in a bullying awareness event during the fall semester.

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