Feb. 2, 2018 – Two Moore Norman Technology Center students were named the Norman Kiwanis Club and the Moore Rotary Club Students of the Month for January.
Southmoore High School senior Jaden Head is the Norman Kiwanis Club selection. He is in finishing a second year of the Automotive Service Technology program. He is a member of the SkillsUSA student organization and will perform in skills contest this month. He is also a concurrent student with Oklahoma City Community College.
“This program helped me get ahead in the industry much sooner. I did an internship last spring and was able to take on full-time work with Eskridge Honda soon after. I’ve been working with them full-time since while finishing high school and doing classes through OCCC. It’s been great,” said Head.
At Eskridge, Head works on vehicles with recalls, does product updates, alignments, maintenance and repairs. He said although he is the youngest employee, he’s confident while working because of the training and leadership skills he gained while at MNTC.
He’s completed all 10 of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications and wants to become a Honda Certified Master Technician. He hopes to begin that path by enrolling in OCCC’s new Honda PACT program: a two-year Professional Automotive Career Training program.
After graduation in May, Head will continue to work at Eskridge Honda, but knows with his ASE and continued education in the automotive industry, that he is employable anywhere.
“I’m glad I chose to come to Moore Norman. I didn’t know for certain that I wanted to work with vehicles, but the instructors led me to understand my potential in this industry and also helped secure an internship that led to employment where I already make a good salary. It’s been one of the best decisions for me,” Head said.
Legal Office Services student Jessica Clark is the Moore Rotary Club selection. She began the program last August and graduates in May. She has been a member of the Business Professionals of America student organization and serves as the chapter president. She’ll participate in skills contest this semester in nine categories such as legal office procedures and business law and ethics. She has certifications in Microsoft Word and Excel, fundamentals of technology and will sit for a certification exam through the National Association of Legal Professionals.
“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.
“I really want to become a legal advocate for addicts who are stuck in prison. The path to getting there is hard, but if I continue to stay focused and keep getting the grades and achievements, then it might be the way to having my applications noticed and getting the right job,” Clark said.
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.
“Each day I make the choice to stay on track and stay focused on the bigger picture. I feel like a much better person than I was before and it’s because of the encouragement and the amazing support system that I’ve found at Moore Norman that I’m able to do all of this,” said Clark.
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