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Chris Johnson
Whenever I was in high school I attended a tech school for HVAC, I knew i wanted to go into the HVAC career.
After asking around I found that the best school in Oklahoma for HVAC was OSU IT, I made my plans to attend college there.

I went to a Native American Fair at my high school and found out that the Choctaw career development was very helpful in helping people get into and complete college learning.

The Choctaw Career Development was EXTREMELY helpful in getting me everything that I needed to attend college and succeed. Tracy Gilbert was my mentor and if I needed anything I knew I could call her and she would always get back to me with answers to any questions that I had. With all of the support I found that It would be really hard for anyone to not succeed.  
Upon my graduation I already had a job waiting for me at Trane.

I can not thank everyone enough for the help I received while attending college.

Internships Help Students Prepare for Workplace

Job shadowing also a tactic schools use for career readiness

Post excerpt from Education Week


By Caralee J. Adams


Internships and job shadowing offer a close-up look at life in the workplace, yet some high school students are so focused on academics that they pass up the opportunity, or they are uncertain about their interests and don't know where to start.

But the push to improve college and career readiness and produce a better-prepared workforce is increasing the pressure on schools to build partnerships with businesses. What's more, educators realize that students are motivated when they see the relevance of what they are learning.


"The central goal is to get students out of the classroom and into the real world so they can feel and see the entire work process," said Randy McPherson, a counselor at Trezevant Career and Technology Center in Memphis, Tenn., and the American School Counselor Association's counselor of the year in 2011. "Otherwise, they don't really grasp what a day looks like or what a job entails."


Read the rest of the article on job shadowing.


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10 Minutes to Improved Finances

Setting up a budget or reviewing your credit card statements sounds daunting, but it doesn't have to be. In just ten minutes you can make small changes that can have a big impact on your finances (and save you money!). Take a few minutes today and check one of these tasks off your financial to-do list.

Mark your calendars....


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Durant - Hugo- Idabel- McAlester - Poteau   

Talihina - Stigler 



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Nine Things Never to Say to Your Boss! 


 By Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer, and Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

"Think before you speak" is always a good policy -- and at work it's even more important. Saying the wrong thing to your boss can do serious damage to your career -- and some of the things bosses don't like to hear may surprise you. We checked in with some managers and came up with this list of nine phrases they strongly dislike -- and we'll tell you what you should say instead:


1. "I need a raise."

Never enter salary negotiations talking about what you need -- because of rising costs or a new expense, for instance. Your employer doesn't care about your financial problems. However, management probably does want to reward success and keep high-performing employees satisfied. A raise request should always be supported by evidence of what you've achieved for the company -- along with information about what people with your responsibilities typically earn.

2. "That just isn't possible."

Always speak to your boss in terms of what can be done. For instance, rather than saying "We can't get this done by Friday," say "We could definitely get this done by Monday, or if we brought in some freelance help, we could meet the Friday deadline." When you talk to your boss, think in terms of solving problems for her, not in terms of putting problems on her plate. 

Read more.



Employer Spotlight


Verizon Offers Accounting & Finance Opportunities in Tulsa


Verizon's Finance Operations Center of Excellence in Tulsa consolidates functions like Accounts Payable, Accounting and finance activities for the company's wholesale and Verizon Enterprise Solutions operations into a centralized location. The Tulsa hub is a key component of Verizon's Finance Transformation strategy and an excellent opportunity for talented and qualified individuals to be a part of shaping the next generation of finance within Verizon.

The Tulsa facility operates 24x7, 365 days a year and is home to numerous Verizon departments such as wholesale sales, information technology, engineering, network operations, finance, customer service, wholesale marketing, corporate facilities and maintenance, corporate real estate, legal, credit and collections, human resources and public relations.

The hub is located within an existing 1 million square-foot Verizon facility at 6929 N. Lakewood Avenue, where more than 1,000 Verizon employees already work. Verizon and its family of companies have operated in Tulsa since 1985.

Verizon currently employs approximately 1,250 people in Oklahoma, with a payroll of more than $80 million. The company is now actively recruiting and expects to complete hiring for 500 positions by the 2014-2015 timeframe. Candidates interested in available positions should visit the following web address to view career opportunities in Tulsa:  www.verizon.com/tulsacareers

Verizon Finance & Accounting Hiring Event


Thursday, January 9, 2014


Tulsa Eastgate Workforce Center

14002 East 21st, Suite 1030


200+ Openings in varying levels of the following types of positions:



AP Analyst - System Support     

AP Analyst - Electronic                                          

AP Analyst

AP Sr. Analyst - System/Project Support      

Contract Billing Analyst 

AP Supervisor                                

Contract Project Manager           

Sr. Contract Billing Analyst                           

Revenue Assurance Analyst

Billing Analyst Finance Op                                       

Credit & Collections (C&C)

Technical Analyst                                                       

Technical Manager-Systems

Manager, Billing                 

Sr Analyst, Financial Planning

Associate Director, Billing                                                            

Payroll Analyst

Benefits Include: 

401(k) with match                            

Medical, prescription & vision

Personal Days                                      

Corporate discounts for attractions             


Life and Disability

Dental & HSA

Discounts on Verizon products






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