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America is best described by one word: _____________________________________________ Dwight D. Eisenhower. Freedom. FREEDOM MEANS : We can make our own CHOICES about careers, education, relationships, how we live and where we live. Learning what to CHOOSE , and
Dwight D. Eisenhower
our own CHOICESabout careers,
education, relationships, how
we live and where we live.
Learning what to CHOOSE, and
how to CHOOSE may be the most
important education you will
ever receive. We can also CHOOSE
if we want to be a Winner!!!
The Socioeconomic Pyramid
Education attainment for Stephens County
59.4% High School Diploma or less
22.7% Some College/Technical
13.8% Bachelor’s Degree
4.2% Graduate or Professional Degree
Upper Middle Class
$30,000 - $100,000
Lower Middle Class
Oklahoma’s average income: $29,200
Source: Okla. Dept. of Commerce
Poverty level for a family of four: $18,200
Source: Census Bureau
People who need to be helped by the rest of us,
Elderly – Disabled - TANF
What section of the pyramid do you want to live in? You have the freedom to CHOOSE your lifestyle. The desire to succeed and education (either formal or self-directed learning) will get you to the top. It’s up to you to make the CHOICES that determine your future.
Girls: Your CHOICES will determine where you live on the pyramid of life.
FACT: Only one-third of teen mothers receive a high school diploma, and only 1.5% have a college degree by the time they reach 30.
Boys: Your CHOICES will determine where you live on the pyramid of life.
FACT: DHS Child Support Enforcement will garnish up to 60% of your wages for the next 18 years for child support if you are proven by DNA testing to be the father.
(2003 Median Annual earnings of full-time wage and salary workers.)
$95,700 a year
$46.37 an hour
$79,400 a year
$38.47 an hour
$59,500 a year
$28.83 an hour
$49,900 a year
$24.18 an hour
Associate’s Degree or
A trade from Career Tech
$37,600 a year
$18.21 an hour
High School Diploma
$30,800 a year
$14.92 an hour
High School Dropout
$21,600 a year
$10.46 an hour
These are all Character related issues.
The Six Pillars of Character
Josephson Institute of Ethics
T R R F C C – Be Terrific by Having Character!!
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent.
Most talents are to some extent, a gift.
Good character, by contrast, is not given to us.
We have to build it piece by piece – by
Thought, Choice, Courage and Determination.
by John Luther
Manage Your Choices and You Will Manage Your Life
Where You Are
It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
-Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Choices I can make to get to my Dream
Shelly now age 36
Tina now age 36
Flunked out of College
Prison for Drugs
Worked while in College
6 figure salary
Condo on Beach
Starting own Business
You become the best you can be!
You will never know your best.
Tobacco is often the first drug used by kids who use alcohol and illegal drugs like marijuana and meth.
Most people start using tobacco before they finish high school. This means that if you stay smoke-free in school, you will probably never smoke.
Most teens who smoke are addicted to nicotine. They want to quit smoking, but they can’t. Don’t get trapped. Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and spit tobacco is addictive.
Kids who start smoking are more likely to get lower grades in school.
Yuck! Tobacco smoke can make hair and clothes stink. Tobacco stains teeth and causes bad breath.
Smoking can wreck lungs and reduce oxygen available for muscles used during sports. Smokers run slower and can’t run as far, affecting overall athletic performance.
Nicotine use narrows your blood vessels and puts added strain on your heart.
Smoking doesn’t look cool, it doesn’t smell cool, and coughing doesn’t sound cool.
Know yourself. Think about who you are, who you want to become and what you believe in. When faced with a difficult choice, ask yourself, “Does this fit with who I want to be?”
Know the facts. Some decisions can be based on simple facts. For example smoking is addictive and expensive, and causes serious diseases.
Know the situation. Before going along with friends, know what you’re getting yourself into. Where are they going? What will they do? Who will be there? When and how will you get home?
Know when to ask questions. If you don’t know the facts and the situation, ask questions. Make sure you get answers.
Know how to get help. Everyone needs help at times. Think about which responsible adults in your life you can turn to for guidance and support when you need it. Remember, asking for help is usually a sign of strength, not weakness.
Plain and simple. “No thanks.” Like Sarah discovered, sometimes the most direct way is the simplest and most effective.
Forceful. Some kids have enough self-confidence to say no in a way that their friends will never ask again. “Are you crazy? Those things can kill you.”
The strict parent. You can always use parents as a way to say “no.” “My mom would smell the smoke and I’d get in trouble.”
The switch. Come up with a better plan. “I’m gonna go swim some laps at the Y. Want to go with me? You can’t smoke if you’re gonna do that.”
The friend. Remember, a real friend won’t ditch you if you don’t go along with the crowd. Use this logic with the friend: “If you were really my friend, you wouldn’t ask me to do something that could make me sick.”Step-Up & Say No
“I was at a party and somebody offered me a cigarette,” says Sarah, 14. “I said ‘no thanks,’ and it was cool. I thought it would be a big deal, but it was so easy.”
Research can tell us amazing things. This chart shows that the younger a person begins to drink, the more likely they will be to become an alcoholic and have lifetime alcohol problems. Research has determined that if a person takes their first drink at 13 there is an almost 50% chance that they'll have a lifetime alcohol dependence problem.
Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Alcohol is really unhealthy for our bodies. The parts of the body that could be damaged by alcohol are:
Drinking too much alcohol is the most common way for people to get liver diseases.
Drinking alcohol over a long period of time could cause stomach ulcers or stomach cancer.
Drinking alcohol could cause your blood pressure to rise, increase your heart rate, and cause an irregular heartbeat so that you won’t be able to play sports or exercise as well as you normally could.
Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination and poor judgment so that you can’t ride a bike, inline skate, play sports, or even walk in a straight line.
Why? She wants to save your life. When she was 15, she lost a close friend in an alcohol related car crash. Because it was alcohol related it was 100% preventable – her friend did not have to die.
“So my mission is to provide more education for our youth on the dangers that alcohol has on their minds and their bodies.”
Miss America 2006 from Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma CareerTech Champion – Leader in high school FCCLA and DECA organizations
At age 40 he is the youngest governor currently serving in the United States,
He believes that a college education enhances quality of life and gives people a chance for better jobs and more financial security.
His education agenda includes: Oklahoma’s Promise – began in 1992; since then more than 65,000 students have enrolled in the program.
Oklahoma Careertech Champion
- Leader in High School FFA
Take certain courses in high school, earn at least a C+ average
Sign up for the program in 8th, 9th or 10th grade and your family’s income must be $50,000 or less at the time you sign up.
Besides passing these courses and making good grades, you’ll also have to stay away from serious trouble, drugs and alcohol.
If you keep these promises, you could earn free college tuition from a fund the Oklahoma State Legislature has set up to help pay for your college.
Oklahoma’s Promise-OHLAP Mapping Your Future
Features then Careership
= $7,540.00 a year
Oklahoma’s Promise pays – 2,352.00
Pell Grant pays – 4,000.00
You pay $1,188.00
In 2005-2006 72% of Cameron’s student body was on some type of financial assistance.
Business and Information Technology
Health Career Certification
Automotive Collision Technology
Auto Service Technology
Diesel Service Technology
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Precision Machine Technology
Earn College Credit with These
Red River Technology Center’s Courses
See Lisa Williams – RRTC Counselor
(580) 255-3903 ext. 230
Technology center graduates can use technical skills to earn higher wages, working to help pay college expenses. By earning college credit while in high school through cooperative agreements, students can shorten college stays. That can save both money and time.
Career and Technology Education
can prepare children for college
and a great career while still in
More than one-third of Oklahoma’s career and technology education students go on to higher education. Many of these students enroll in a college major directly related to their CareerTech training. They report that their tech center experiences prepared them well for their college studies.
the end of the rainbow?
You have found it – it lies between your ears!!
You have learned to THINK and make POSITIVE CHOICES!!
Courage – Believe in Your Dreams
Education – 90% are college graduates
Vocation – 32% are entrepreneurs
19% attorneys or physicians
16% senior executives
33% retirees, CPA’s, sales professionals, engineers, architects
Family – 92% are married
Lifestyle – 97% are homeowners
Frugality – Frugal shoppers – they live by 3 R’s
Repair – cars, houses
Restore – houses & furniture
Reduce – expenses
Determine Short Term Goals
Determine Long Term Goals
Long Term Goals
Short Term Goals
What determines your WEALTH is not how much you make but how much you keep of what you make!!
Before you spend money ask yourself three questions:
The only thing you borrow money for are things that appreciate in value.
Credit Card Debt
1 will be rich
4 financially successful
6 will work part time
59 will work full time
30 will be dead
Step up and be
The Best You Can Be!!