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February 8, 2013

Technology center programs are great for high schoolers

NORMAN — Q: Recently, my sophomore daughter went on a tour at the Moore/Norman Technology Center. She is interested in one of their programs and has told us it’s free. She says the school will provide transportation. How in the world can she get all the credits she needs for graduation if she goes there for half her school day?

— Laura, Moore

Dear Laura,

Your daughter is exactly correct. We are so lucky to live in a state that has such a wonderful technology program available to our students. The Tech Center offers various programs to students in the 11th and 12th grades and, yes, they are free. These hours become the students’ elective hours, and they receive their core course requirements at their home high school.

Most of the programs are two-year programs, and most offer certifications and/or college credit at a greatly reduced hourly rate. If a student doesn’t begin until his/her senior year, for example, they are given the opportunity to finish the program the year after they graduate … and it’s still free.

We highly recommend students look into this, whether they are college-bound or not. Learning a trade is never a bad thing. If your student is college-bound, this would provide a great part-time job opportunity to help with college expenses or just to have spending money.

The application process is going on now, so your daughter should pick one up at her school. Obviously, there’s not room for all students in every program, so there is a process for admission. Information will be available in your school’s counseling center or you can always call the Tech Center.

MNTC provides transportation to and from the Tech Center. Some kids like to drive themselves if they have that luxury, so that’s also an option.

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