North Tech’s list of successful alumni is full of students who have accomplished some amazing things. Sometimes, students have to take on tough challenges beyond the work we require of them in their programs in order to reach their goals. Takala Cooper has overcome significant barriers with the help of her North Tech family and NPower.
Cooper graduated from North Tech in 2017. She studied in our Sophomore Exploration Program, then in our Health Sciences program her junior year and our Emergency Medical Technician program her senior year. While still in high school, Cooper left home and supported herself as she worked toward graduation. She held a full-time job at Quick Trip, purchased her own car, and handled numerous challenges typically not faced until adulthood. She supported herself financially with some aid from community agencies, maintained a 3.5 GPA, earned her program certifications, and graduated on time.
After graduation, she learned about NPower from North Tech’s social worker Krista Sherman and decided to enroll. NPower helps young people realize their own pathways to prosperity by teaching them the digital and professional skills sought by employers. NPower focuses on preparing underserved students for careers in Information Technology. Cooper completed their training program in December of 2017, adding even more skills to her already impressive resume.
Cooper will begin her career with the United States Navy this month where she plans to train for her firefighting certifications. She credits North Tech for supporting her, saying…
“Tech gave me the support that I didn’t get at home… (they are) more like a family and I felt that the staff…never judged me, but helped me out in any way that they could. If I didn’t have that support I probably wouldn’t be where I am today.”
We all wish Cooper continued success and are confident she will realize every goal she has set for herself. She’s an outstanding young woman and we are so proud of her determination, her fortitude, and her success.