Each day, as a way to pursue his dreams and provide for his family, student Akom Bildad attends the MNTC Database Administration program part-time. At night, he works at a juvenile detention center in Oklahoma City.
As if school and work don’t keep Bildad busy enough, he is also an enlisted solider in Oklahoma’s National Guard. His father was a police officer and soldier while he was growing up and he wanted to mimic that service.
The United States has done so much for me, so I decided to serve and give back.
Bildad is originally from the Central African country of Cameroon where he earned his English Common Law Degree. He migrated to America a few years ago and received his official U.S. Citizenship in December 2019.
Bildad is pursuing a career that will allow him to work anywhere in the world. After researching several Database Administration programs in central Oklahoma, he finally settled on MNTC’s Database Administration program.
“One thing I enjoy about Database Administration is that my classmates have a lot of the same interests and goals,” he said.
Bildad is determined to continue his education and pursue a college master’s program in a database-related field. “I like sitting behind a computer, keeping archives and data,” Bildad said. “It is of great importance and with a law background, I enjoy all the details. I also just like working with data.”
MNTC Database Instructor Reagan Anthony is proud of Bildad’s success.
Not only is Akom working full time with at-risk youth, attending school himself, taking care of a family and being a member of the National Guard, but he’s also obviously focused on his future and working hard to make it happen.
“He's a shining example of the type of adult student that MNTC wants to see succeed,” said Anthony.
Learn more about MNTC’s Database Administration program.