Students of the Month

Tri County Tech student, Nathaniel Veld, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s High School Student of the Month for October. Veld, a home educated senior, is currently enrolled in the Precision Machining Operations program.

“I chose the PMO program so I would better understand the manufacturing process,” Veld said. “I seek to learn as much as I can while I still have this great opportunity in high school.”

In addition to the PMO program, Veld remains active. He held an internship this past summer with Metal Goods Manufacturing, which has now been extended throughout this fall. He has held positions for his SkillsUSA team and has also won numerous awards for his bird photography. Additionally, Veld proves to exhibit a servant heart by volunteering throughout the community of Bartlesville and being involved with the Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

“Nathaniel is one of the most well-mannered, forward-looking, and career-driven students I have had the pleasure to have in my program,” said James Cowart, TCT Precision Machine Operations Instructor. “I look forward to seeing the great accomplishments that I know are going to be produced by this young man.”

Upon graduating from Tri County Tech, Veld plans to attend Oklahoma Wesleyan University to obtain his Associate’s degree and then transfer to Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Once he has graduated, he said he would ideally like to open and operate his own machine shop.

Tri County Tech student, Madison Mitchell, was recently named the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s Adult Student of the Month for October. Mitchell, a Bartlesville resident, is currently enrolled in the Cosmetology program and plans to graduate in December.

“I chose this program because I have always loved to do hair and beauty related things,” Mitchell said. “I worked for a health insurance company for six years, and after that business was bought out, I decided to go after my dreams and do what I have always wanted to do.”

In addition to the Cosmetology program, Mitchell has mastered the perfect balance between her personal and professional life. She has reserved a chair at Boulevard Color Company and will start working there in December. While obtaining her Associate’s degree, she also graduated with honors. She has also completed numerous hours of community service, all while raising her children alongside her husband.

“Madison is a self-motivated and career-focused student who is very responsible for her own learning, with a very strong work ethic and caring attitude,” said Lisa Meyer, TCT Cosmetology Instructor. “Madison is the student other students look up to, she never hesitates to help them.”

Upon graduating from Tri County Tech, Mitchell plans to begin her career at Boulevard Color Company. Ideally, she said she would like to fill her books with clientele within the first two years on the floor and open her own full-service salon.

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