Lion's Club financial gift helps Metro Tech graduates get started in a new career

A second-year $6,000 financial gift from the Downtown OKC Lion’s Club to the Metro Tech Foundation will continue to remove financial barriers for Metro Tech students by helping them obtain driver’s licenses and job-related tools. Financial barriers, according to Foundation Director Ashleigh Gibson, can often mean the difference between giving up and succeeding.

“With last year’s generous gift from the Lion’s Club, we addressed some areas in need, such as students in our Law Enforcement program that required a driver’s license to secure employment after graduation. Driving school, test and license fees, those things add up and can be expensive for a high school student. We wanted to help with those costs,” Gibson said.

The Lion’s Club gift will also continue assisting graduates like Alfredo Diosdado, who completed Metro Tech’s Auto Service program in May and received a job offer that required an expensive set of tools. A 2019 graduate of Santa Fe South High School, Diosdado was able to accept a position in the automotive industry after the Foundation purchased his required tools.

Tom Springer, Lion’s Club board member, said the club has historically supported college scholarships for high school students, but wanted to expand their giving as many of their members attended technical school.

“We enjoy supporting students who graduate with a trade and might need a little help getting started in their career. We never want a student to miss an opportunity due to lack of funds,” Springer said. 

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