Posted Date: 10/11/2022
Bracyn Foster is a Keota High School senior in the Automotive Service Technology program at Kiamichi Tech – Stigler. He will complete the program in May 2023 and be prepared to successfully continue his education and training in the automotive field by attending OSU IT. Bracyn says that Kiamichi Tech has given him the skills to prepare for the next level of his career.
Q. Why did you choose to attend Kiamichi Tech?
I chose to attend Tech because it is a small, friendly campus with staff and instructors that care about students. The program really brought me in and gave me an environment I wanted to be in. In Automotive, we have really good equipment, including tools and machines that I had never had the chance to work with before.
Q. How has your involvement in a CareerTech student organization helped you grow?
I have been involved in FFA at my high school, which has given me the chance to compete in my trade and in leadership competitions. Last year, I placed 10th overall in the Western Equipment Ag Tech Open Invitational in a competition that included written, technical and critical thinking skills. That involvement encouraged me to also get involved in student organizations at Tech, where I am in SkillsUSA and serve as President of the Automotive Service Technology program.
Q. What skills have you developed at Kiamichi Tech that have helped you succeed?
Through my program and the Microburst EmployABILITY skills in Career Connections, I have learned to express myself and conduct myself professionally in working situations. I am more patient and give myself additional time to assess the situation, which helps me to be a better employee. I am able to step back from what I am working on and view it from a broader perspective.
Q. What are your career plans?
The experience I have got has helped me in my current job at Napa Auto Parts. I plan to continue my training and education in the automotive field. Through my program, I have learned about employers who will help me pay for the next step in my training, and that is something I would not have known about if I had not attended Tech.
Q. What have you enjoyed most about your experience at Tech?
I most enjoy the people and learning more about my career path in automotive. Everyone at Tech is friendly, they do whatever they can to help students succeed.