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Dow and Lazo Valdez Earn SOKC Chamber Teacher & Student of the Year Honors

Auto Service Technology Instructor Lee Dow has been named the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Technology Schools Teacher of the Year from Moore Norman Technology Center. Additionally, MNTC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R) student Julio Lazo Valdez was selected as the MNTC Technology Student of the Year.

Lee Dow

AST Instructor Lee Dow

Dow and many others who work in public and technical education took honors in multiple categories and received their awards during the SOKC Chamber’s annual Excellence in Education award banquet.

Dow has been Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified for more than 25 years. He has worked in Oklahoma’s CareerTech system and at Moore Norman Technology Center for 23 years. These years - combined with his 17 years of industry work - has had Lee either working or teaching in the automotive industry for 40 years.
He holds an Associate of Applied Science: General Motors-ASEP from Oklahoma City Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Trade and Industrial Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and Lee holds a Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership through the University of Oklahoma.
“Coming to work each day at Moore Norman is another opportunity for me to make a real and positive difference in the lives of my students. Teaching my students a technical trade provides both personal instruction, and a pathway for a lifetime of prosperity," Dow said.

At MNTC we invest in each person; we don’t see them as just students. Our investment is a skillset with the tools and training to have career success out in the industry, but we also help our students develop a growth mindset to become lifelong learners.

Julio Lazo Valdez

MNTC HVAC/R Graduate Julio Lazo Valdez

Valdez finished his studies in the HVAC/R program in May 2020. In December 2019, Valdez earned the December 2019 Moore Rotary Club Student of the Month. His instructor and MNTC Assistant Program Director, Steve Yadon, nominated him for the Student of the Year honor. 

"Julio Lazo is a fine young man with a promising future ahead of him. Julio has been able to overcome great challenges that for many would have been detrimental for their success, however, Julio has persevered as a young man wanting something better for himself," said Yadon.

Julio will be successful at whatever he endeavors to do. I am proud to have had this young man in my class and look forward to hearing of his successes. 

Learn more about MNTC’s Automotive Service Technology Program or Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration. To learn more about other full or part-time career options, visit MNTC's Career Program page, or call 405-801-5000.

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