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Weekly Wrap Up - 07/29/2022

July has been a busy and successful summer at Metro Tech. From student to employee success and engagement, we have a lot of news for you in this month’s wrap up.

Six FCCLA Culinary Arts High School and Adult students competed at nationals and 5 placed in the top ten with 2 placing in first. Adult Student, Brandi Jones, placed first in the level 4 Culinary Arts competition and Adult Student, Breea Melton-Highfill placed first in the level 4 Baking Pastry Arts competition. 

Two Metro Tech students were featured at the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and Odyessy de Culinaire. Odyssey de Culinaire is a two-night fundraising dinner presented in partnership with Oklahoma ProStart, and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association as a part of the Oklahoma Hospitality Foundation’s school-to-career initiative. This ever-popular event, which is open to the public, features two great evenings of dining with many of Tulsa and Oklahoma City's finest chefs being featured in their home cities. Each of the five courses features a chef mentoring a Oklahoma ProStart culinary student to treat attendees to an incredible five-course dinner. Epic Charter Schools Student, Mikyah Martin, and Chef Jeff Chanchaleune served the first course of the night titled "Good Times Roll" featuring a red curry spiced shrimp with sweet corn puree, mint and toasted rice pesto, pickled onions and cilantro paired with the wine, Eroica Riesling. Santa Fe South Student, Diego Rojas, and Chef Zach Hutton served the fourth course of the night titled "Pastures A Plenty" featuring a braised short rib, tunip greens and green peach pepper vinegar paired with Kunde Merlot.

The Freedom School Walk-A-Thon was held at our Springlake Campus with various members of the community who paid to walk in the marathon to support Northeast OKC literacy. Read more about Freedom School here: https://bit.ly/FreedomSchoolOKC2022

Summer 2022 Welding Graduation The Metro Tech Summer Welding Graduation was held at the Oklahoma City Iron Workers Union No. 48 in collaboration with the Department of Corrections.

At our Health Careers Center and South Bryant Campus, we paid host to hundreds of first responders from around the country attending lectures and trainings for the David Wade Memorial Active Attack Conference, you can read more about this event here: https://bit.ly/DavidWadeMemorialConfe...

Metro Tech executives, board members and special guests Representative Elect Arturo Alonso from Housing District 89.

Walton Brown said he had always had a passion for aviation, but it wasn't until a conversation with a former college classmate at a football game that he decided to take the first step towards a career in aviation maintenance. Director of Metro Tech's Aviation Careers Campus, Michael Branch, said he and Brown had cross passed for many years, and he was excited to have a former classmate join him on campus. "It was actually at a Langston game that we discussed him coming to Metro Tech," Branch said. "When I discussed enrolling in the Aviation Maintenance Technician program at Metro Tech, Mr. Branch was so enthusiastic, which made me feel enthusiastic," Brown said. "The rest, pretty much, is history." Branch said Brown has been a model student since enrolling at Metro Tech. "He is a great role model to the younger students in the class," Brown said. "He is a leader that helps glue the class together."

Carmen Muinde is celebrating three decades with Metro Tech. Muinde's MT for life story began as a sophomore in high school and a student in the Metro Tech Nail and Facial program. As a senior in high school, Muinde was a student of the Metro Tech Child Care program and during this time, began her employment at MT as a receptionist. Muinde officially became a full-time employee of Metro Tech in 1997 and plans to carry out more years here until retirement. "I have been driving here for the last 30 years," Muinde said. "Metro Tech must be doing something right." "She exemplifies the Metro Tech pillar of 'Empowered Employees as Valued Team Members and Stakeholders,'" Martin said. "She provides 100% customer service excellence with agility, humility, grace and genuine concern at the forefront."

On Monday, we welcomed all of our new employees at the Metro Tech Café. MT executives shared their #MT4Life stories, we had a raffle with a lot of cool donated items from one of our educational partners, KI, and we had a delicious and beautiful charcuterie lunch prepared by Career Advisor, Tonya Walker, and Student Liasin, Khanita Jefferson.

We CAN’T WAIT to see you all here in a couple of weeks, the Fall Semester is going to be one for the books!!! #MT4Life!!!