Students Earn Portfolio Contest Awards

May 23, 2017 – Three Moore Norman Technology Center students were honored today with scholarships for continuing education through participation in an MNTC Career Connection portfolio contest. Avara sponsored $500, the MNTC Foundation sponsored $300, Home Creations sponsored $200 and OEC provided large portfolios for first through fifth place winners.

Graphic Design student Meaghan Hill earned first place and $500. She began the program during her senior at Moore High School and graduated this month. She interns with the University of Oklahoma Printing Services group and said she is excited about moving into full-time work. She will continue working with OU Printing Services after graduation this month.

Hill said, “I learned that I have more qualifications and experience than I originally realized through this portfolio contest process. There are so many things I can add to my resume and portfolio to show a future employer my employability.”

Norman High School junior and MNTC Programming & Software Development student Reza Torbati earned second place and $300. He started MNTC’s Pre-Engineering program as a freshman at NHS and has made choices to move him closer to his dream career of programming robots. Reza makes multiple trips to MNTC’s campus each day; once for his Programming class and an earlier trek to take Calculus with MNTC’s Math Specialist. He plans to finish his Programming class during his senior year and attend college after graduation next May.

“Through participation in this portfolio contest, I learned that it’s important to keep a record of accomplishments,” Torbati said.

Programming & Software Development student Katherine Straughn earned third place and $200. She has been in the program since January and said since developing her resume and portfolio through MNTC’s Career Connection process she logs onto her account a few times each week to search jobs and update her portfolio of work. She wants to work as a software developer after she completes her MNTC program.

“I enjoyed putting my portfolio together and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to enter this contest. Now I have a great view of all of my completed work and it’s encouraging to see how much I’ve learned since starting at MNTC. I’ve grown as a student and as an individual,” said Straughn.

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