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Carmen Garcia

Carmen GarciaCarmen Garcia, the financial aid officer at Wes Watkins Technology Center, recently earned a Bachelors degree with the help of Reach Higher, Oklahoma’s degree completion program, which offers degrees to students who have earned college credit in the past and now want to complete a college degree. Carmen initially earned her first college credit hours through a cooperative agreement through WWTC and another higher educational institution.

Carmen began her studies at WWTC in high school when she enrolled in the career tech's Computerized Information Technology program. As an adult, she also completed WWTC’s Medical Office Technology (MOT) career major where she accumulated 22 hours of college credits. She was hired by WWTC in 2004 as an administrative assistant then became the Adult Education administrative assistant and now works in her current position in financial aid.

“My foundation of attending Wes Watkins Technology Center in high school prepared me for the workforce as well as enrolling in college. When I returned to WWTC as an adult, I earned college credits from OSU-Okmulgee through the cooperative alliance. I had several college credits, but due to working full time, I didn’t think I would ever be able to earn a degree. Reach Higher allowed me the flexibility to take the majority of my classes online and since the colleges are located in Oklahoma, I didn’t have to worry about high costs that are generally associated with online classes. The Reach Higher program is designed for working adults that have a certain number of college credits and I am thankful for a program that assist working adults in meeting their goals of attaining a college degree,” said Garcia.

Carmen earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from East Central University of Ada in December 2009. It took her a year and a half to earn her college degree with the help of the Reach Higher program.


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