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.
Carter Rogers – Pioneer Technology Center and BPA
Woodland high schooler wrote the code for career success.
THEN: He was only 9 years old when his grandfather bought him his first computer. Carter Rogers was curious how the machine worked, so the precocious youngster read online books and tutorials on how to write code. He wrote his first program while he was still in elementary school and discovered he liked coding.
In middle school, Carter toured Pioneer Technology Center, and when he was in high school he decided to enroll in Pioneer Tech’s business and information technology education program. At the tech center, he gained additional experience in coding, and he
- Is working on his CCNA, an information technology certification from Cisco Systems.
- Competed at the state and national level in Business Professionals of America.
- Won first place in Java programming at the BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California — the first time a Pioneer Tech information technology student won the top honor.
BITE instructor Zac Ladner said Carter worked hard to prepare for the competition, and it paid off.
“Placing first at Nationals is a huge honor,” Ladner said.
NOW: This fall, Carter will be a senior at Woodland High School. He is the network administrator for the town of Ralston, Oklahoma.
“A year ago I never would have thought I’d be placing first at a national competition…your only limit is the one you give yourself.”