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Moore Rotary & Norman Kiwanis Clubs Honor April Students of the Month

April 13, 2017 – Two Moore Norman Technology Center students have been named the Norman Kiwanis Club and the Moore Rotary Club Students of the Month for April.

Moore High School senior Alex Kniffen is the Moore Rotary Club selection. She is enrolled in a second year of MNTC’s Computer Aided Design & Drafting program and is an active member of the student organization SkillsUSA, the National Technical Honor Society and the National Honor Society. She is also a member of the Business Professionals of America student organization through MHS.

Kniffen grew up military, lived in Europe and her family moved to Oklahoma from Hawaii. Beyond her travels, she is also not the typical high school senior in that she takes classes only at MNTC and attends Oklahoma City Community College to complete graduation-required classes that also count on her college transcript. She earned college credit last semester, as well. While in the CADD class, Kniffen has earned an OSHA 10 certification and is focused on mechanical engineering.

“I like all the little details of what make things work and I find that the math involved is a bit easier,” said Kniffen. “I like to see how all the parts come together for a final product.”

One of the projects students work on in teams is a guitar design project. Kniffen served as a group leader and said she learned about leadership, keeping others on task and about encouraging others to use their talents to get the project done. She also took on a project designing an equipment trailer for MNTC’s Service Careers program. She worked closely with the instructor and with the Welding program instructor to solidify her proposal and get it ready to be fabricated by welding and painted and detailed afterward by the Auto Collision program.

“I’ve grown so much through this class and learned how industries work together. I can work and talk with others in a professional way and make presentations. These are life skills I’ll always have and use in my career,” Kniffen said.

Kniffen is still considering options for degree programs after graduation next month, but knows she wants to work in a biomedical field as a mechanical engineer. She plans to finish her associate degree through OCCC and then work toward a bachelor’s degree at either the University of Oklahoma or Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Second-year Programming & Software Development student Donovan Clofer is the Norman Kiwanis Club selection. He is a 2016 graduate of Southmoore High School and attends MNTC using the Tuition Waiver. He was recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society and attends OCCC concurrently.

He has learned C#, Visual Basic, mobile app development, Java Script and Java Programming languages while in class and plans to become certified in Java Programming by next month.

This spring he participated in state skills competition through the Business Professionals of America student organization and earned third place in C# and Visual Basic programming languages.

“I really enjoy video games and knew I wanted to be in the programming class here,” said Clofer. “I’ve since learned that gaming might not be the direction I want, but instead to focus more on programming as a career.”

During class Clofer worked on a team project creating a video game. He did the programming and sound development and effects and through this effort said he has grown in his confidence as a programmer, in his social skills and in the type of work he hopes to do in the future.

Clofer also developed an online resume and portfolio through MNTC’s Employment Services office. He said this makes it easy for him to apply for positions and have his credentials reviewed by potential employers. 

After May graduation Clofer said he will look for a programming position and will continue working toward completion of his associate degree in computer science through OCCC. He is also still considering options for starting a bachelor’s degree program in a similar industry area, but wants to work on it while employed in industry.

To learn about MNTC’s Computer Aided Design & Drafting or Programming & Software Development programs visit here or call 405-364-5763, ext. 7260.