Feb. 19, 2018 – Two Moore Norman Technology Center students were named the Norman Kiwanis Club and the Moore Rotary Club Students of the Month for February.
Norman North High School senior Jared Mason is the Moore Rotary Club selection. He is in finishing a second year of the Database Administration program. He is a member of the Business Professional Students of America student organization and is also a member of the National Technical Honor Society.
“I originally wanted the Networking program but it was full, so I took a chance and enrolled in Database Administration. The coursework really challenges me and I enjoy it, so I decided to complete the program during my senior year,” said Mason.
He has earned the Microsoft Access and Oracle SQL certifications and looks to earn one additional professional industry certification before May. While in class he has learned about the fundamentals of Linux, SQL and PL/SQL for database applications development, in addition to programming fundamentals.
After graduation, Mason wants to earn an associate degree while deciding on a career path he’s most interested in, but knows that because of his investment in a technical training program, he can work in the IT industry almost immediately. According to onetonline.org the average Oklahoma hourly wage for database administrators is $22.74 to 62.47 per hour.
“My confidence has grown and is different than when I first started in the program,” Mason said. “I’ve learned to be diplomatic when working with others to accomplish goals for a project and how to maintain working relationships. The things I’ve learned in the class will help me the rest of my working years.”
Medical Assisting student Aliyah Martin is the Norman Kiwanis Club selection. She began the program in August and graduates this May. She is a member of Health Occupations Students of America and serves as class treasurer. She’ll participate in skills contest this semester in the informative poster category. Because she began the program prior to her 21st birthday and lives in MNTC’s district, she is able to attend tuition free utilizing the MNTC Tuition Waiver.
She found herself wanting to complete formal training as a medical assistant as she worked in an orthopedic physician’s office. She already had courses completed at Oklahoma City Community College and asked about their associate of applied science degree in medical assisting.
She learned that she would have to complete a training program like MNTC’s, earn the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification and would then qualify for their AAS degree program. As it stands, Martin will earn her CMA this spring and then has one course to complete before finishing her AAS through OCCC this fall.
She learns skills related to medical coding, phlebotomy, taking vital signs, room and supply prep for physicians and more. She said all of this knowledge has helped her grow in knowing she can perform at a high level when she returns to work in a doctor’s office.
“I’m so glad I’m getting ahead with all of this training and certifications now. Honestly, I wish I had started a health program at MNTC when I was in high school, but it’s all working out well for me,” Martin said.
She knows the benefits of starting while either a junior or senior in high school because her younger sister, Kaleigh, took the Nurse Aide program while a senior at Moore High School and is already a certified as a Long Term Care Nurse Aide (LTC) and Home Health Aide Deeming (HHA). She said her family is highly supportive of what she and her sister have accomplished through their Moore Norman programs and encourage them both to go as far as they can in their education.
Because of her experiences taking college classes, Martin said she can tell a difference in how her MNTC instructor, Crystal Conner, teaches the course content and it is something to which she has responded well.
“We can each work at our own pace on the various curriculum areas and use one another for practicing all the time. Ms. Conner helps us move through the skills training and testing so that we’ll truly be successful. We still have deadlines but she has taught us how to take Cornell Notes and how to be better students. I’m grateful,” Martin said.
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