Adam Lettkeman – Meridian Technology Center
From homeschool to higher ed, pre-engineering grad is building a future for himself.
THEN: A boy who loved creating crazy buildings and dragons and spaceships from a pile of Legos. Adam Lettkeman grew up with 10 brothers and sisters. His parents homeschooled him until he was old enough to find a formal outlet for his love of building things, along with his passion for graphic design. He enrolled in Meridian Technology Center’s pre-engineering academy and Project Lead The Way in hopes of channeling his interests into a career path.
Adam was a year younger than his classmates when he started the program, but he quickly became very active, competing in robotics competitions, building model airplanes and more. Adam said the engineering program and the instructors at Meridian Tech
- Helped him choose architecture as his career path.
- Fueled his love for creating things, from circuit boards to buildings.
- Helped him adjust to a classroom setting for the first time and prepared him for college classwork.
- Offered advance math and science classes that he said were more rigorous than some of his college courses.
- Introduced him to 3D modeling software programs, which are a huge part of his architecture design studios in college.
“My instructor, Debbie Short, helped me not only in the classroom but also in my personal growth,” he said. “I will always remember how much joy she brought to the program and how much she helped me along the way.”
NOW: Adam has completed his first three years of a five-year architecture program at Oklahoma State University. He is interning at Guernsey, an Oklahoma City architecture firm, and will take time out from his internship to study in Europe with the OSU College of Architecture. His goal is to work in New York City next summer, accumulating additional internship hours that will apply to his architecture licensure requirements.
“PLTW really kick-started me into believing that my dreams could be accomplished if I set my mind to it.”