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Rebecca Thacker – Meridian Technology Center and BPA

No longer a “loser,” Meridian Tech grad says her children are proud of her.

THEN: A single mother of four who described herself as a “loser mom in a dead-end job.” Rebecca Thacker was also the daughter of a single mom, and when her mother became ill, Rebecca dropped out of high school to help support her family. More than 20 years later Rebecca’s mother had passed away and Rebecca was going through a divorce. She decided it was time to make positive changes in her life.

After randomly choosing Oklahoma as the location for her metamorphosis, she worked 60 hours a week at two cooking jobs. Still not making ends meet, she studied at Meridian Technology Center to get her high school equivalency diploma and later decided to sign up for its business technology program in hopes of getting an office job. At Meridian Tech, Rebecca:

  • Was an officer for MTC’s Business Professionals of America chapter.
  • Took first place in the interview skills competition at the state BPA conference and fourth place at the national contest.
  • Completed a paid internship at Oklahoma CareerTech’s state agency.

Rebecca’s business technology instructor said Rebecca has excelled in many areas and has stood up as a leader.

NOW: She is putting her skills to work as a technical support specialist at Oklahoma CareerTech. No longer an embarrassed high school dropout, Rebecca is both a high school grad and a graduate of Meridian Tech. She is a positive role model for her children and says her children even brag about her.

“My daughter said she wants to be me,” she said.

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