CV Tech Foundation Scholars Highlight Commencement
Roy Weeks (right) is one of three students named as Canadian Valley Technology Center Foundation Outstanding Scholars. Weeks is pictured with his Electrical Trades instructor Micky Marsee. Weeks, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and single father of three, chose Oklahoma to start afresh. CV Tech has helped him get the training he needs to earn a better living.
May 13, 2016
YUKON – Roy Weeks left sunny California six years ago in search of a better life for himself, his six-month-old twin boys and 6-year-old son.
A single father, Weeks traveled Interstate 40 to the western Oklahoma community of Clinton. He was offered housing at a mission there and worked odd jobs to make ends meet.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Weeks was offered a job at the state Department of Veterans Affairs Division in Clinton. He started in housekeeping and worked his way up to the maintenance department.
He enrolled in Electrical Trades Technology at Canadian Valley Technology Center with hopes of improving his skills and making more money within the Veterans Affairs division.
Weeks said he sold possessions to pay for gas to make the 150-mile round trip back and forth between his home in Clinton and the CV Tech Campus in Yukon.
He completed another important milestone in his journey on Wednesday. Weeks was one of 270 CV Tech high school and adult students to participate in the commencement ceremony at Yukon’s Fine Arts Auditorium.
He walked away with more than a diploma cover. Weeks was recognized as one of three CV Tech Foundation Outstanding Scholars for this exemplary record at CV Tech, which include perfect attendance, multiple Student of the Quarter awards and the program Student of the Year award in Electrical Trades.
The Foundation Outstanding Scholar award also includes a $1,000, courtesy of the school’s foundation that supports the school’s mission of providing students with quality career and technical education programs and services.
“I have been blessed,” Weeks said. “I gladly served my country, and in turn my country has provided opportunities for me and for my children.”
The foundation also provided $1,000 awards to secondary students at both the Holt and Cowan campuses.
Phuc Mai is the high school student recipient at the Holt Campus. Mai, of Mustang, left Vietnam three years ago with his mother looking for opportunities not afforded in his native country. He said he could not choose the type of training he wanted.
Mai enrolled in Automotive Service Technology at CV Tech and excelled, said instructor Justin Roberts.
“In Vietnam, Phuc had little confidence and was told repeatedly that he would not be successful,” Roberts said. “That all changed at Canadian Valley, and his confidence soared. He received positive feedback from instructors and peers.”
Mai has perfect attendance and is a member of both the National Technical Honor Society and National Honor Society.
The Cowan Campus high school Foundation Scholar is Nathan Herndon of Minco. Herndon has completed the Biomedical Sciences program at CV Tech.
Herndon is a finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. He will be majoring in Microbiology at Oklahoma State University and ultimately wants to be a pediatric surgeon.
Canadian Valley Technology Center opened in 1970. It is a publicly funded school providing full-time career training to high school and adult students. CV Tech also provides short-term courses and affordable customized industry training for area businesses. Campuses are located in El Reno, Yukon and Chickasha.