May 23, 2018 -- Legal Office Services student Jessica Clark earned two first place awards at the Business Professionals of America “Dream Bigger” National Leadership Conference held May 9-13 in Dallas.
Of the high school and adult students representing 25 states, Clark, who graduates today from MNTC, was the only one to earn first place in the Legal Office Procedures contest and also in the Business Law and Ethics contest.
“I couldn’t believe it when they called my name!” Clark exclaimed. “They called those of us who had earned in the top ten and announced the third and second place winners. I was just happy to be on the stage with them! But when they said my name I was just…in shock.”
She prepared for months and said the competitions were performance-based and much harder than the state competitions she did in Tulsa in March. She said for the Legal Office Procedures competition she had to answer 30 or more questions ranging from types of federal bankruptcies, to specific legal terms, to drafting a legal letter and a durable power of attorney.
“I’ve truly had an amazing support system in place here at Moore Norman that made this all happen. A win like this makes me feel like anything is possible. Now I know I’m going to apply for law school.
“I’m a different person than I was before and I count my blessings and am so grateful for all the important people in my life who have helped me in this journey,” Clark said.
Because she made it to the national level, Clark was also able to take professional certification exams for $5 each, instead of the regular $87 cost. She earned the Microsoft Word Expert certification and user-level certifications in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint at the contest. She’s taking the Microsoft Outlook certification this week thanks to an MNTC Foundation Scholarship and she took the NALS certification exam last week to be a certified legal office specialist.
Clark wants to work in an area of criminal law or with an agency or law firm that helps clients who need to navigate a system after an arrest due to substance use or abuse.
“Two years ago my life was completely different. I lost so much because of my choices, but through my work and commitment in the HIRE and Legal Office Services programs, I have a totally new perspective. Things that I thought mattered just don’t anymore. Now I go to bed feeling good about my days and about how hard I’m working to reach my goals,” Clark said.
MNTC’s Help In Reaching Employment (HIRE) program partners with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to help clients move toward a better future through gaining employment as a result of a technical education, job training and personal skills development. Clark chose the Legal Office Services program because she wants to help others navigate what can seem like an overwhelming legal system if ever they need to use the it for any reason, bad or good.
“Things that we all go through can become motivators, if we allow them to. I had to decide a pathway for education as a part of my process and I felt like going back to college wasn’t what I wanted to do just yet. Then I was introduced to Becky Wood and her team with HIRE and found the Legal Office class.
Clark was the January Moore Rotary Club Student of the Month, is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and is on MNTC’s honor roll. She also serves as the chapter president of BPA. She has over 100 college credit hours and knows now that she wants to change her course of study in order to eventually complete a degree in law. She already has a resume and portfolio of her work and has performed internships that she believes will lead to employment after graduation.
To learn more about MNTC’s Legal Office Services program for high school students and adults visit here or call 405-801-5000.
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