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Hayden Hokit
Hayden Hokit

Hayden Hokit will soon complete the Residential HVAC Technician career major at Wes Watkins Technology Center (WWTC), Wetumka, Oklahoma. The HVAC Tech major takes about 10 months to complete as a full time student. Hayden has been an exceptional student and has excelled in the HVAC program. Currently, he is completing his work-based learning experience with Luker Heat and Air, McAlester, Oklahoma. Hayden will receive two full years of internship hours toward his journeyman certification for completing the HVAC program at WWTC. The Construction Industries Board (CIB) requires only one more year of working as an HVAC Tech apprentice to meet the requirements for taking the Journeyman assessment.   

Hayden is a 2012 honor graduate of Stuart High School. He was ranked number one and graduated valedictorian of his senior class. Hayden received many academic honors and awards throughout his high school career. His future plans after high school were to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU) and major in Engineering. Hayden was accepted into the university Honors Program and received academic scholarships that covered all his tuition, fees and housing expenses. Yet, once he moved to Norman in Mid-August of 2012, he realized attending OU and majoring in Engineering was not what he wanted to do. After consulting with his parents, he made the decision to leave OU and enroll in the HVAC Tech program at WWTC. The Choctaw Nation Career


Hayden's future plans include completing the additional one year requirement for his HVAC apprenticeship with Luker Heat and Air and taking the Journeyman examination. He plans to enroll in Oklahoma State University - Institute of Technology in the fall and complete an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Natural Gas Compression. He plans to work in HVAC while attending OSU. His future goals include owning his own HVAC business while pursuing a career in the energy sector.



Development program fully funded Hayden's training at WWTC. The tribal program is in tune to the workforce training and development issues businesses and industries across the United States face with increasing demand for highly skilled workers in high demand technical trade areas linked to employer certifications. Recent reports by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reflect that 80% of future jobs will require technical skills linked to employer certifications and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees, while only 20% of jobs will require a bachelor's degree program.
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Think Outside the Box for Career Opportunities!

Excellent career opportunities can be found in places that we may not initially think of when someone asks "Where do you want to work when you graduate?"  For instance, did you know that Frito-Lay & PepsiCo hire IT professionals, safety & environmental professionals, engineers, and finance professionals as well as Route Sales Representatives, Merchandisers, and warehouse managers?  These high-profile companies offer a  wide variety of opportunities from Hawaii to New York, and from Texas to Alaska!

PepsiCo has hired 300,000 entrepreneurs, dreamers, doers, rainmakers and shakers. Every minute of every day on the job, they encourage their employees to be the best at whatever they're doing and whoever they are. Stretch assignments, early responsibility, job rotations and awesome mentors are just part of what makes the real world at PepsiCo an unbeatable training ground. Want proof? Eighty percent of PepsiCo's executive team was promoted from within.

Frito-Lay, a key business unit within PepsiCo, is a market leader in the snack food industry. They make some of America's favorite snack foods including, FRITOS�, LAY'S�, DORITOS�, CHEETOS�, AND TOSTITOS�.

Frito-Lay's success is directly related to their employees' constant focus on results, growth, and innovation. It's the talented, motivated members of their team who ensure that they continue to lead the industry and set the pace.

Frito-Lay is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming workplace for all employees. They believe that their people are their greatest asset, and there are numerous exciting opportunities across North America including an excellent Route Sales Representative position in McAlester, OK  that is posted at HireChoctaws.com. Also, Frito-Lay anticipates hiring 1-3 Route Sales Associates in the Tulsa, OK area later this year.  See details & apply for these positions at www.fritolayemployment.com between August 7 and August 31, 2013.


OSUIT is proud to be the only Oklahoma affiliate of the Infinite Scholars Program, providing financially disadvantaged students the means and guidance to further their education at institutions of higher learning.


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