Health Careers Center names "Students of the Quarter"

Metro Tech Health Careers Center recently announced Students of the Quarter, nominated by teachers based on attendance, grade point average, attitude and leadership skills.

Libby Smith is an adult student in Karyn Stafford’s Dental Assisting program. She maintains a 92% GPA and her teacher described her as, “dedicated, organized student who goes above and beyond on class assignments and preparation.”

Libby was a stay-at-home mom for six years and returned to school at age 36 with a desire to work in the healthcare field. Although balancing motherhood and school has challenges, Libby enjoys the knowledge of her teacher and practicing classroom skills during community service projects.

Lucero Zapata is a junior at ASTEC Charter High School and a student in Stacey Post-Vails’  Long-Term Care Nurse Aide program. She maintains a 3.5 GPA at ASTEC, and a 96% GPA at Metro Tech. Her teacher described her as, “eager to help classmates. She is able to remain focused on the task at hand and is always joyful.”

Lucero plans to attend SWOSU to be a registered nurse. She believes that in order to receive you must give, and she wants to help others because she has been helped her entire life.

Jorge Jiminez is a junior at NW Classen High School and a student in Tori Wolohon’s Nurse Aide program. He maintains a 3.5 GPA and has 100% attendance. His teacher described him as, “exhibiting a mature attitude that is above and beyond. He is engaged, actively listening and willing to do whatever is necessary to receive the best education possible.”

Jorge plans to continue his education in the health industry. When he was younger, he had surgery on a collapsed lung and since then, he’s wanted to give back like the nurses who cared for him.

Rebecca Bagwell is an adult student in Toni Brinkley and Mercy Amuda’s 1+1 PN program. Rebecca maintains a 3.4 GPA and her teachers said, “she goes beyond her responsibilities as a student to help clinical staff, instructors and students in the nursing field. She will be an excellent nurse.”

Rebecca was a police officer for five years, and has been a paramedic for 13. She plans to work in the emergency room as a nurse, as she enjoys the fast pace and adrenaline. She currently works for Saints as a paramedic, and has a job guarantee when she graduates.

Jessica Cinfuentes is an ASTEC Charter junior and a student in Karen Upton’s Biomed program. She maintains a 4.0 GPA at ASTEC and Metro Tech, and has 100% attendance. Her teacher said, “she puts her best into everything. As HOSA reporter, she has taken on creating and maintain the monthly newsletter which is on time and high quality each month.”