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Melanie Walker - Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville

CareerTech lottery scholarship advances Melanie Walker’s skills and love of learning into love of teaching.
Melanie Walker - Tri County Technology Center, Bartlesville

Melanie Walker, cosmetology master instructor at Tri County Technology Center

THEN: Completing her cosmetology license and working almost a decade in industry, Melanie decided to teach cosmetology at Tri County Technology Center. Transitioning from industry to teaching requires different skill sets. Since learning at the New Teacher Academy about the CareerTech Lottery Scholarship, Melanie has

  • Fast-tracked her understanding of facilitating and delivering high-quality, high-level education.
  • Earned 12 credits through Oklahoma State University toward teaching certificate requirements.
  • Taken a CareerTech Student Organization course at OSU.

NOW: Melanie is working toward a degree in career and technical education at Oklahoma State University with plans to seek national board certification in teaching, then a graduate degree. She combines her skills in cosmetology with teaching as an American Cancer Society volunteer, conducting the local Look Good, Feel Better program for women with cancer who are undergoing treatment.

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