Each year, thousands of Oklahomans reap the benefits provided by Career and Technology Education. CareerTech Champions tell the story of how individuals apply learning to become successful employees, entrepreneurs and leaders in business organizations.
Emma Hutchison – DECA
Former DECA officer plans to take her leadership skills into the courtroom.
THEN: A class dedicated to topics like sports marketing and fashion marketing sounded exciting to the Putnam City North High School student. Emma Hutchison had also heard great things about the DECA advisers at her high school and the strong reputation of their marketing program.
Emma got involved in DECA and later was chosen to serve as Oklahoma DECA president. She said the CareerTech student organization gave her
- Public speaking skills, which she uses almost daily, both in law classes and advocacy competitions.
- Leadership skills.
- An opportunity to travel and meet DECA members from around the world.
- Confidence about her future.
“I am more confident talking to professors or interviewing for positions because of my experience addressing the Oklahoma DECA membership and staff,” she said.
Emma said CareerTech is unique in that students are learning material in class and applying it outside of the classroom at competitions and other activities.
NOW: A college graduate with a B.A. in political science from the University of Oklahoma. She is a law student at George Washington University Law School and plans to practice law in the D.C. area after graduation. Her resume since high school includes serving as an intern for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, an Appropriations Committee intern for the Oklahoma Senate, a legislative intern for the U.S. Senate and a law clerk for the National Association of Attorneys General.
“I would advise young people to take advantage of opportunities early in high school and college to get hands-on experience and gain skills you can use to make yourself stand out as a candidate,” she said.
“Employers should value CareerTech students because they are driven, passionate and skills students who will become valuable employees.”
Emma Hutchison, law student