Chickasha Campus Celebrates Successful Year, Names Foundation Scholars

May 4, 2017

CHICKASHA – Eleven months ago Angelica Herrera’s world was placed on pause by the unexpected closure and bankruptcy announcement of Wright Business College, where she was enrolled in the nursing field.

“What now,” she remembers thinking.

Fortunately, a group of ladies representing Canadian Valley Technology Center reached out to a group of former Wright students, and Herrera had renewed hope. Since childhood, she has wanted to be a nurse.

Herrera, of Oklahoma City, was given credit for much of the coursework she had already completed and successfully transferred to CV Tech as a Practical Nursing student. She now has only the state licensure board exam to complete before embarking upon a nursing career as a licensed practical nurse.

Herrera describes Canadian Valley with three words: “affordable, flexible and doable.”

She has been named the post-secondary recipient of the CV Tech Foundation Outstanding Scholar Award for the 2016-17 school year. It’s a title that carries with it a $1,000 cash gift (courtesy of the foundation) and the personal satisfaction of knowing she is among the very best students.

Herrera is joined by Cameron Smiley, of Chickasha, a recent graduate of CV Tech’s Automotive Service Technology program. He is the secondary recipient of the award this year.

Smiley is described by school officials as a well prepared and passionate student ambassador.

Smiley will be attending St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee on a tumbling scholarship next Fall.

Herrera and Smiley are among 106 graduates at the Chickasha Campus this school year.

CV Tech, which opened in 1970, also operates campus sites in El Reno and Yukon. The school’s mission is to prepare people to succeed through quality career and technical education programs and services.