Evelyn Morales – Metro Technology Centers and SkillsUSA
THEN: The daughter of immigrants, Evelyn Morales said she wanted to demonstrate the true meaning of serving and protecting her community.
“I want to make a difference in the way justice is served,” she said.
The Northwest Classen High School junior enrolled in the law enforcement education program at Metro Technology Centers and joined SkillsUSA’s Crime Scene Investigation program. There, Morales learned how to find and lift fingerprints and solve crimes.
Morales said the Metro Tech program
- Helped her develop better communication skills.
- Allowed her to earn her unarmed security license and CPR certification.
- Taught her leadership skills.
Those leadership skills have come in handy in her job at Chick-Fil-A, where she said she was recently promoted to team leader.
The multi-talented high school student was also chosen to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremony of SkillsUSA’s national conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
NOW: Morales plans to finish high school this year, but her goals to serve and protect are just getting started. After graduation she plans to go to college and work as a detention officer. From there, she would like to work for the Oklahoma City Police Department, be a patrol officer and work in the K-9 unit.
“Power should not mean corruption,” she said. “As a Latina woman, I want to use strength and humility as a law enforcer.”
“I have matured during the CareerTech experience and learned to look at life in a more passionate way.”
Evelyn Morales, law enforcement student