MOORE — The Norman Kiwanis Club recognized two Moore Norman Technology Center students as January Students of the Month during the regular meeting last week. The students represent the Technical and Health areas of study at MNTC.
Moore High School senior Wesley Tinnin is a first-year student enrolled in MNTC’s Therapeutic Services class, with a focus on veterinary assistant. He is an active member of the Health Occupations Students of America organization and is his class president for HOSA. Through his work with HOSA, Tinnin has had the opportunity to perform community volunteer work at The Daily Living Center Adult Day Health Services in Oklahoma City.
“Doing this type of work helped me realize that no matter what we do, we need to find a way to make a connection in our communities and relate to others,” Tinnin said.
He plans to compete in the HOSA veterinary sciences skills contest this spring. He is a member of the National Honor Society at MHS and was a band member for five years. Tinnin also is active in his church and has volunteered with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for four years as a regular volunteer and one year as a coordinator.
He has been interested in a medical-related degree program for college and his family encouraged him to consider veterinary medicine. After listening to a presentation made to juniors by MNTC representatives, he decided to enroll in the Therapeutic Services class for his senior year elective courses.
“I didn’t expect all of the opportunities available to me through this class,” said Tinnin. “The things I’ve learned through this class have helped me know that being a veterinarian is really something that I want to do as a career and more specifically, I would like to focus on veterinary surgery.”
Tinnin will perform clinical sites this semester at local veterinary clinics and said he is excited to experience working directly with veterinarians and assistants. He hopes to learn more about interpersonal skills on-the-job and about the professional work setting.
He has already been accepted to Oklahoma State University for this fall and looks to apply for their college of veterinary medicine in time.
“Being at MNTC has allowed me to meet new people and gain new contacts for my future. I feel like I’m not only learning, but also molding myself into what I’ll be; I really enjoyed being here,” said Tinnin.
Adult student Brittany Wardlow is a full-time evening cosmetology student who is on pace to graduate in May and take her Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology exams in June to become licensed in hair, nails and as an esthetician.
She is an active member of SkillsUSA and serves as her class president and also as the SkillsUSA reporter for MNTC. She also expects to be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society in March.
Last spring she volunteered with her class to help underprivileged students in the district by doing their hair and nails for prom. Wardlow also taught a Hair Rage Summer Youth Academy class at MNTC last June and said she would like to volunteer teach again this year. She recently completed work on a fundraiser to support work to be done on Veteran's Memorial Park in Moore after it sustained damage in the May 20 Tornado.
Wardlow had only been in the cosmetology class for a few weeks in 2013 when she performed in a SkillsUSA contest and placed 5th. She plans to compete in the hair technical skills competition again this semester and also in a leadership skills contest for a job skills demonstration.
“I’ve loved cosmetology since I was very young; I was always cutting hair and doing my friends’ and family members’ hair. I thought doing hair was just a hobby that I really liked, but after I got married and moved here my plans changed,” Wardlow said.
She had attended OSU for two years in their interior design degree program, but when into credit transfer issues, she began to seriously consider going to school for something else she really loves — cosmetology.
“There are so many great things about MNTC, but I found it to be the most affordable program around. My instructor is just incredible and I’ve learned so much. The evening setting allows for a high number of clients, sometimes up until 9:30 p.m., so I’m getting all the experience that I had wanted, too,” she said.
She also believes that she’s gained knowledge about the personal qualities and attributes that are necessary to be successful in this industry, such as: How to be a good employee, how to be someone others would want to work with, about personal responsibility and working skills that don't depend on one’s technical skill set. Wardlow is also thankful for the help she and her classmates have had in building their networks and connections with other professionals in the cosmetology industry.
Looking ahead, Wardlow said with the flexibility this career offers, she would ultimately like to have her own salon next to her home. For now she wants to work with a group that believes in continuing education and that supports their stylists staying on top of creative trends in her three areas of focus. Wardlow said in the future she may also consider continuing her education to become master teacher certified to teach cosmetology, but she wants to work in salon setting for a while first.
To learn more about MNTC’s full or part-time education classes or about the Business & Industry Services available to local businesses, visit smntechnology.com or call 364-5763.