Each year, thousands of Oklahomans reap the benefits provided by Career and Technology Education. CareerTech Champions tell the story of how individuals apply learning to become successful employees, entrepreneurs and leaders in business organizations.
Malcolm Smith – Tulsa Technology Center
Malcolm Smith made the “switch” from cleaning other people’s businesses to cleaning up his career.
THEN: The owner of a small commercial cleaning company who had a passion for technology. Malcolm Smith said Tulsa Technology Center’s Cisco certified network associate routing and switching program was a perfect fit for his schedule, his skill set and his passion.
Malcolm is on track to be a network architect in a few years. At Tulsa Tech, he
- Gained skills in network configuration and troubleshooting, physical layer cabling and topology implementation.
- Learned soft skills relevant to the network industry.
- Was chosen to participate in Cisco Dream Team 2018, which took him to Florida for Cisco Live! 2018.
“That experience was one of the best in my life so far,” he said, “and I have to say that I never would have found that opportunity without Tulsa Tech’s CCNA program.
NOW: “Networking has become a way of life,” he said. “I’ve been introduced to an entire community of amazing people that I never knew existed.”
Malcolm is moving to Texas to work for CDW, a provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. He plans to be a sales engineer. Malcolm said most of his fellow students who began the program in high school landed great paying jobs right after graduating. A few of them were even hired before graduation.
“Tulsa Tech has amazing programs and I would implore anyone interested, especially those in high school, to get a head start on your career.”