On The Road To Success

Olivia Wiggins is a Business, Computer and Technology (BCT) with a focus on Medical Office Assistant student at Southwest Technology Center (SWTC). Olivia was put into foster care in 2004, but her world changed for the better when she got adopted in 2008 by Juanita and Donnie Wiggins of Mangum, OK. After graduating from Mangum High School she stopped focusing on her future. In April 2016, she gave birth to her daughter Lexus. That is when she realized that she is not only responsible for her life now but also her daughter. After looking at all her options she turned to SWTC to help her choose the right path for success. She chose the BCT program because she is able to see herself as a medical office receptionist and that way she can give her and daughter a better life.

While attending SWTC she has received: The Foundation Scholarship for both fall and spring semester and The Otha Grimes Scholarship. These scholarships have helped Olivia pay for tuition and also give her some extra money in her pocket. Olivia is also involved in different student organizations on campus like: BPA (Business Professional of America) and NTHS (National Technical Honor Society)

She is so excited about starting her internship for Gallagher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine very soon. This way she will be able to put forth what she has learned in the classroom to real life! We asked Olivia about her time at SWTC and this is what she said, “This place has given me the confidence and motivation I needed to know that I can do anything I put my mind to. I have learned so much in my class and I am so excited to graduate so that I can give my daughter and I the life we deserve.” We have asked her teacher, Mrs. Carol Walker, about Olivia and this is what she had to say, “Having a child and going to school full-time is challenging. Olivia has worked hard to excel in her BCT courses, always strives to do her best, and happily accepts new challenges. She has overcome a lot of obstacles that life has put in her path. I am confident she will be successful whatever career path she chooses to undertake.”

April Employee of the Month

SW Crop Insurance Agent, Emily Worrell, recently presented a certificate and $100 bill to Southwest Technology Center (SWTC) employee, Carol Walker for being named the February 2018 Employee of the Month.

Carol Walker is currently the Business, Computer and Technology (BCT) Instructor but will become the new Teacher Prep Instructor coming this August at SWTC, a position she has held for the past five years. “Carol arrives early each morning to prepare for her day.  She genuinely cares about her students and their progress. She is happy to be involved in helping interview/choose the best individual as BCT Instructor for next year so this program can continue to be successful. She shows excitement in being the Instructor for the new program we will be offering at SWTC.  Carol is always willing to give a hand, lend an ear and kindly brings treats on special occasions.  She is one of many reasons that SWTC is a great place to work,” said SWTC Superintendent, Dale Latham.

When asked about the employee of the month recognition, Walker said, “Work fills a large part of your life. The only to be satisfied is to do your best and to love what you do. I love teaching and being part of the SWTC family. Being recognized as April’s employee of the month is an honor. ” Walker went on to say, “Thank you to SW Crop Insurance for their generous support to this program.”

The Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Since the first two scholarships of $500 each were presented in 2001, the Southwest Technology Center Foundation has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships to deserving adult students enrolled in full time programs.

Recently, David Braddock, Foundation President, and Dale Latham, SWTC Superintendent, presented fifteen scholarships totaling $7,800. Among the recipients were Cheyenne Collvins, Alex Cook, Jose Rivas, Francis Palomo from the Aviation and Aerospace program; Olivia Wiggins from the Business and Computer Technology; Shelby Broaddus, Ashley Wallace and Kristy Lara from the Cosmetology program; Justin Ritter from Construction Trades; and Perla Galaz, Kathleen Okeowo, Shannon Elliott, Harmony Curry, Alison Flowers and Baley Brooks from the Practical Nursing program.

The sole purpose of the Foundation is to support students through the scholarship program. Many times these students have tuition expenses as well as the added burden of not being able to hold a full-time job while attending school to prepare for the workforce. Upon completion of the program added expenses of becoming certified in their specific industry are incurred before the student can work through a pay period. It is very important to the SWTC Foundation Board members to help these students during difficult times and ensure success in their career field.

Each summer a golf tournament is conducted as the SWTC Foundation’s only fundraiser, and for the past several years over $15,000 has been raised at this event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the tournament is given back in the form of student scholarships.