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Chris Alvear - Southwest Technology Center, Altus

Chris Alvear learns to help himself before he can help others.
Chris Alvear - Southwest Technology Center, Altus

Chris Alvear

THEN: A high school dropout on the verge of jail. Chris had no job, no income and, at times, no home. Realizing the trouble his life was in, he turned to South Western Oklahoma Development Authority, a group that promotes workforce development. Chris earned his GED and then enrolled at Southwest Tech as a student while also working as an administrative assistant in the nursing program where he

  • Completed medical terminology, CNA and CPR courses.
  • Gained leadership skills as the president of the Health Career Student Organization.
  • Gained confidence and a desire to help others.

NOW: With dreams of attending medical school, Chris is working on his licensed practical nursing certification at SWTC and has been named a Workforce Alumni Honoree by SWODA. He says SWTC and SWODA have opened up the whole world to him, and he wants to pay it forward.