April 25, 2018 – Two Moore Norman Technology Center students were named the Norman Kiwanis Club and the Moore Rotary Club Students of the Month for April.
Norman High School senior Adam Pruitt is the Moore Rotary Club selection. He is finishing a second year of Pre-Engineering and is a member of MNTC’s VEX Robotics Team, is a member of the Technology Student Association and is a member of the National Technical Honor Society. He had previously been a part of MNTC’s FIRST Robotics team, as well.
At NHS, Pruitt plays guitar with the jazz band, is on the Botball team and Kipper Open, an offshoot of Botball.
“I always liked math and science and I enjoy physics and calculus. When you apply it to pre-engineering concepts is when it gets fun. I can use it and it makes sense,” said Pruitt.
He likes working on the robotic teams the most and most especially when he can see the robot he worked on up on the Cox Convention Center jumbo tron during competition.
“The class environment is different and focused on the engineering industry. I’m also in class with like-minded people who want to be here, so it’s a great place to join groups and find a place where you fit in,” he said.
Pruitt said students in Pre-Engineering have the chance to prove to themselves what they’re truly capable of because the class structure is project and group work based. He said the FIRST Robotics Competition taught him how to stay focused and work on a project for long periods of time and that sometimes when the results seem “average” is what helped him understand that it is still a win and really, that’s not why the students do that difficult work. They do it for the learning experiences.
After May graduation from NHS and Moore Norman, Pruitt plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering or engineering physics. He wants to continue his involvement with robotics competitions and would like to be a part of their Rover Team. He’s considering working on production and manufacturing processes and developing packaging. His dream job is to become a Pre-Engineering instructor and be like those he had while at MNTC who inspired him.
Practical Nursing student JaLisa Shaw was selected as the Norman Kiwanis Club choice for April. She started the program in August 2017 and graduates June 14. She is a member of NTHS and the Health Occupations Students of America. She has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences with an emphasis in health billing from the University of Missouri. She also earned a medical assistant license through Forest Park Community College. She moved to Oklahoma City in 2015 and has works as a medical assistant at Mercy Hospital.
“I’ve been looking to advance in my medical training so I can offer patients more care. I learned about MNTC from a co-worker and found out that Moore Norman has a high completion and pass rate of the NCLEX-PN exam and so I decided to enroll,” Shaw said.
Nursing runs deep among her immediate family members with her Mom and two sisters all being nurses. She also said her own personal experience with nurses while growing up contributed to her wanting to work in the field.
“This class has opened my eyes to the fact that all procedures work differently on each patient; not one thing works across the board. I’ve learned to become flexible in my patient care,” said Shaw.
MNTC PN students perform clinical rotations for about a month at a time at each of their assigned sites and Shaw said they typically have different focus areas in the health field. She has done clinicals at St. Anthony Bone and Joint Hospital, Integris Jim Thorpe Rehab Facility, St. Anthony Hospital: Joyful Beginnings and the St. Anthony Psychiatric Facility.
“I’ve learned that I’m capable of more than I gave myself credit for. This class is intense, but then I would study and pass each exam. I also learned that you never know who’s watching. I would have instructors or my counselor come to me with scholarship opportunities and now this honor; it’s been amazing how much all the staff cares about students,” Shaw said.
She’s looking into options for an LPN to bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN) program as she said it can open more opportunities for managerial positions to her. Her long-term plans involve joining the Air Force in 2019 and continuing her education for a master’s degree and then a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).
To learn more about the Pre-Engineering or Practical Nursing career programs that are available for high school students and adults visit mntc.edu or call 405-801-5000.
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