Child Care Center Graduate turns internship into full-time employment

Champaine Collins is a Douglas High School graduate who came to Metro Tech as an adult student in 2011 with dreams of one day operating a child care business. She completed two years at the Child Care Center, and through Metro Tech’s partnership with St. Luke’s Children’s Center downtown, she was offered an internship working with infants.

“When I first came to Metro Tech, I didn’t take the college credits offered me because I never planned to continue my education,” Champaine explained.

Through her education at Child Care Center, Champaine learned the importance of developing lesson plans, and the benefits of integrating art into play time with the kids. And upon completion of her Metro Tech program, she was offered a full-time position at St. Luke’s. Three years later, Champaine is now a college student at OSU-OKC, studying early childhood education, with plans to own a child care center.

Gabrielle Moon, St. Luke’s Executive Director, said Champaine is an excellent employee who is great with the infants, where she has worked since her internship.

“She recently went back to school and works really hard at her job and her education,” Gabrielle said.