HIGH SCHOOL AMBASSADORS STEP-UP FOR GPTC

Alexus Martin and Chaple Mullins, Graphics Design students were among 54 students selected for Great Plains Ambassadors.

Alexus Martin and Chaple Mullins, Graphics Design students were among 54 students selected for Great Plains Ambassadors.

Fifty-four Great Plains Technology Center students were selected for the tech center’s first ever “Student Ambassadors” program. All 21 high school and joint high school/adult programs are represented. Student Ambassadors will represent the school at public functions and assist with Great Plains Tech Showcase scheduled for November 30th-December 2nd.

“The Student Ambassadors is a leadership development program in action”, said Sherrie Bellamy, Student Activities Coordinator. “They will help Great Plains recruit additional high school students by sharing their experiences at the tech center”, Bellamy said. She believes that type of peer to peer communication has a lot of credibility. She also cited Great Plains October 26th Foundation Banquet where 10 Student Ambassadors shared a Top Ten list of reasons to celebrate Lawton-Fort Sill.

Seven Ambassadors also voiced two “I AM Great Plains” radio commercials that are scheduled to run on Lawton Oklahoma radio stations through mid-December. “The Ambassadors are an integral part of the Sophomore Showcase as they will share their personal experiences at Great Plains before prospective students get off their buses to start their Showcase. Ambassadors will also escort the visiting sophomores to the two Great Plains programs the guests have pre-selected. Finally, Ambassadors will introduce the instructors of each program. More than 1,400 sophomores will attend the Tech Showcase, according to Joelle Jolly, Director of Student Services.

Ambassadors were selected after an application and interview. Jolly, Bellamy and Teresa Abram, media coordinator have already provided “team building” exercises and in-service on public speaking. Bellamy said the the Ambassadors will participate in several leadership development activities in the spring semester including dinner etiquette and social media etiquette.