Raylynn Thompson – Indian Capital Technology Center and HOSA
Biomed program is just what this future doctor ordered.
THEN: A voracious learner who said she ran out of classes to take by the time she was a sophomore in high school. Raylynn Thompson had completed pre-AP biology and the introductory Project Lead The Way courses at Muskogee High School. When she heard about Indian Capital Technology Center’s biomedical academy, she knew it was a perfect fit. She enrolled as a high school junior in order to take the advanced classes she needed to reach her medical career goals.
Raylynn worked long, hard hours to complete the biomed program. She even found time to serve as chapter president of HOSA, the CareerTech student organization for future
health professionals. Her efforts earned her the designation of Stern Award Recipient Valedictorian of her high school class, with a weighted GPA of 4.7. When she graduated from MHS, Raylynn had already earned 31 college credits.
She attributes much of her success to Indian Capital, which helped her
- Gain acceptance into 65 universities.
- Receive multiple full-ride scholarships.
- Develop classroom skills that allow her to better understand college coursework.
The academy provided Raylynn with a knowledge base that allows her to better grasp concepts in her college biology and calculus courses.
“Since I was exposed to it early on,” she said, “I understand it better, easier and faster.”
NOW: Raylynn accepted a full-ride scholarship at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, where she enrolled as a sophomore biology major with a concentration on medicine. She said that although the curriculum is challenging, she finds herself assisting classmates who are further along in their education.
She plans to graduate from ASU in three years. She then plans to go to medical school to become a neonatologist, a pediatrician who specializes in the care of newborn infants.
“CareerTech students begin with the end in mind, so they don’t undervalue the work they’re doing.”