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Alex Cuevas – Kiamichi Technology Centers, McAlester

CIT student plans to go right to work after high school, with certifications in hand.

THEN: An emancipated minor, juggling work, school and extracurricular activities. When Alex Cuevas wasn’t studying or practicing routines for McAlester High School’s marching band, he was taking computer classes at Kiamichi Technology Centers. He enrolled there as a junior, saying he wanted real-life, hands-on experience in a field that would allow him to go straight to work after high school. He was elected class officer in the SkillsUSA organization and

  • Won a bronze medal at the national SkillsUSA competition.
  • Gained a better understanding of how a computer works, what computer networking is and how to work with coaxial and Ethernet cables.
  • Was named outstanding student in computer and information technology.

Alex said competing at SkillsUSA taught him the value of hard work and determination and how they can lead to new opportunities. He plans to compete again this year, vowing to bring home a first-place award.

Instructor Susie Hass described Alex as a very responsible young man.

“He is a true CareerTech champion,” she said. “He is excited about what he is learning and is eager to start working in the computer networking field.”

NOW: With all of his activities and responsibilities, Alex has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He will graduate from Kiamichi Tech’s CIT program at the end of the year and will receive the related certifications to help him get a job.

“These skills have given me the confidence to DIY my own computers and networks and help my family and friends with theirs,” he said. “I am ready get to work and start making money!”

 

CareerTech is a great experience and a good way to get ready to go right to work after school, or help you better prepare for college.”

Alex Cuevas, CIT student

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