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Amber Lee – Moore Norman Technology Center and Metro Tech Aviation Career Campus

High school student combines medical background with new love of airplanes.
Amber Lee – Moore Norman Technology Center and Metro Tech Aviation Career Campus

Amber Lee chose a rather unconventional career path.

THEN: Received her certified nurse aide certificate from Moore Norman Technology Center six months before graduating from West Moore high school.  Amber planned to become a physician’s assistant, but a mandatory chemistry test stopped her in her tracks just short of receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She tried repeatedly to pass the test, but eventually gave up her dream of a medical career and took a year off from school to “evaluate her career options,” she said.

 Amber decided to follow her brother’s career path, enrolling in Metro Tech’s airframe and powerplant program. She credits Metro Tech instructor Tim Fannin with giving her the motivation and direction she needed to chart a new career path. Amber

  • Returned to OU, where she graduated in May 2015.
  • Plans to graduate from Metro Tech's A&P program in March 2015.
  • Gained skills in time management, critical thinking, working in groups and laws pertaining to airplanes.
  • Got a job working on jet engines.

NOW: Working toward a new career goal as an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, Amber wants to investigate plane crashes. She will join the United States Air Force as a crew chief at Tinker Air Force Base this summer, and in 2017 she plans to start a masters degree program in aviation science or aviation safety.

“I owe a lot to Mr. Fannin,” Amber said. “He expects a lot from me and has given me invaluable career guidance and hands-on experience.”

 

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