Student Succeeds With Career Change
Jim Patterson had been working at a manufacturing company for over 20 years. He was almost 50 years old when the company laid-off several workers and closed its Oklahoma City plant. Jim did not have skills needed in a new job market.
The thought of returning to school was very intimidating for Mr. Patterson. When enrolling in Metro Tech's Computer Repair and Networking (CRN) program, Jim did not pass the math portion of his assessment test to enter the program. Patterson attended Metro Tech's Academic Center lab to work on his math skills. Within a few months, Jim's grade level in math increased by three grades and he was able to enroll in the CRN program. Even after Jim performed at the top of his class, he decided computer repair was not his best interest.
Jim Patterson completed the Customer/Administrative Services program in 2004.
He began working at the Office of Personnel Management for the State of Oklahoma. Human Resources Manager Patricia Ormerod stated, "Everyone is so pleased with Jim's work performance. He really has a 'Can Do' attitude."
Jim attributes his success to his instructor, Barbara Batchelor, specifically for the time management skills he learned. Instructors at Metro Tech expect you to succeed and make sure you gain the skills needed for your career.