Aviation Career Campus
Robert Powell made a decision four years ago to attend Prairie View A & M University in Texas after completing at Metro Technology Centers Aviation Career Campus. Now as a graduate from Prairie View A & M University with a Bachelors’ of Science in Civil Engineering, Powell has set his sights on some new, even more ambitious goals.
Robert had experienced research in the Engineering spectrum during his junior year of college. That experience lit a spark in him that never faded away. He joined the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT) Summer Research Program that summer and has been continuing to do research for MIT ever since. “The experience and relationships I built led
me to the decision to apply for graduate school,” Robert said. Today he is studying to receive his Masters of Science in Transportation at MIT.
Robert says he was inspired by the faculty at Metro Tech who encouraged him to reach beyond his imagination and create the reality he wanted to achieve. “My instructor, Mr. McCawley, was always motivating and encouraging me regardless of the circumstances,” Robert said. “He taught with passion and kept a good sense of humor.” Robert says he still keeps in touch with another inpiring instructor, Mrs. Riley. “I am reminded of the impact Mrs. Riley had on me each and every day as I look at the tattoo on my arm with the scripture, Proverbs 22:29,” Robert said. “She wrote that scripture in a card she gave to me at my high school graduation.”
Robert is a strong believer in his faith and knows that he has the power to make his dreams come true. He says his newfound love for reading has kept him motivated and helps him remember his humble beginnings. “The path I chose wasn’t always a straight one but when I set my goals, I took action to get into the position I am in today. I am proud to say I am the first to graduate college in my family, not to mention debt free and with honors.”
*Robert has been documenting his journey with his blog – Journey 2 Success
Woo hoo!!! Metro Tech now has student bloggers. Instructors from the various Metro Tech campuses were asked to pick student bloggers to cover events and success stories for their sites. These students will serve as reporters for their Career and Technology Student Organizations. (CTSO) On Friday October 15th, the students met with Bonnie James and myself for blog training. Bonnie did a wonderful job organizing this effort. The bloggers learned how to set up their profiles, post a blog, insert images, media, and hyperlinks, add tags, blogging etiquette, and what their expectations as Metro Tech bloggers are.
EXCITING DAY FOR ASHLEY AND BRIGETTE!!!
“I’m super excited to be a student blogger for MCA. I love the idea that people will get to read what’s going on from a student’s perspective.” said Ashey Crowe.
TERRENCE, CARENA, AND MRS. MARTIN IN TRAINING
Terrence Kimble had this to say about being named a Cosmetology and MCA blogger, “I’m honored to be a blogger. Now I can post and blog about great things I face in life or at school.”
CARENA…. THE BLOGGER!!!
Carena Prather said, “I am very excited about being a student blogger. It will give me a chance to show my experience here at Metro Tech.”
Check out Carena’s first post here……………………http://blog.metrotech.edu/?p=252
“I am really excited about becoming a blogger, but at the same time I do feel kind of nervous because I feel like i’m not really good with my words. I think it will get better because I think this will be fun, so I’m going to stick with it.”
~ Brigette Anderson, MCA and Childcare student
Brigette, we know you and all our other bloggers will be wonderful. We appreciate you all taking your time to share Metro Tech’s story through your eyes.
***** Below are some of the bloggers first stories. Please leave questions and comments. They welcome them!!!
In 2000, Patricia Hudson began working for Metro Tech. Since 2003, Patricia has taken on the role of the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) coordinator along with her duties as an Instructional Specialist. Patricia not only coordinates student memberships to organizations like SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America (BPA), she also fills the role of an advocate and mentor.
“I felt that taking this position was a calling. Many of our students never have had the opportunity to be in an organization or in a leadership role,” Patricia said. Many of Metro Tech students have gone onto national competitions because of the diligent preparation that is available to them through Patricia’s efforts.
Once all the students have prepared themselves for an array of competitions through a variety of student organizations, Patricia makes sure their appearance represents their professionalism. The Health Occupations of America (HOSA), SkillsUSA and BPA all require matching blazers and that men wear ties. Students must dress the part to receive their awards at competitions. “One kid couldn’t go on stage because he didn’t have a tie,” Patricia said. “I did what was needed and found him a tie”.
Metro Tech gives a CTSO scholarship of 600 hours of Metro Tech classes to the first, second and third place winners at all state competitions. “This opportunity really makes a difference in the kids’ lives. It gives them a chance to continue their education”. Patricia said. “Once they get that first taste of winning, taking state isn’t good enough; they want to go to nationals”.
Teachers use the “CTSO Survival Guide” Patricia wrote to delegate tasks that are required of each organization’s elected officers. Patricia goes to great lengths to ensure that all students who are participating have the best chance to succeed. From a contest-to-contest basis, she works directly with students to prepare them for Parliamentary Procedure competitions. Parliamentary Procedures are the rules of conducting a business meeting. “You could say Parliamentary Procedures are my baby,” Patricia said. “I try to make it fun and awarding for the students”.
When asked what the most rewarding part of coordinating CTSO is, Patricia didn’t hesitate to answer. “I get to see them grow like I did when I was a teacher. They develop confidence, aspire to set goals and realize they are awarded for their hard work. Hard work pays off.”