Video and Audio Podcast Episodes, and Interviews with YPNG Mentors
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“How to Find More Scholarship Money”
Brooke Randels is the College Readiness Coordinator at the University of Tulsa. This is the first in a series of podcasts we are doing with Brooke about things high school students should be doing, so they are ready for the college application process.
Mentor – Tia Edwards
Tia is a graduate of Booker T. Washington and the Tulsa Tech STEM Academy. She paid for college from Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship Program and grants. She later got her MBA from OSU as well so she could pursue her dream and move into management. Tia gives back to the community and is a member of the Women’s Society of Engineers.
Mentor – Dr. Preston Phillips
Dr. Preston Phillips is a nationally known orthopedic surgeon and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Regardless of your career interest, every student, parent and teacher will be interested in listening to the first fifteen minutes of this podcast where Dr. Phillips talks about how he prepared himself for college and the importance of a well-rounded high school education. Dr. Phillips is another YPNG mentor whose hard work in high school opened doors to scholarships and financial aid and admission to a great college.
Tulsa Police Dept Supervisor
Mentor – Heather Weakley
Cpl. Heather Weakley is a Supervisor and detective in TPD’s Family Violence Unit. Heather is an example of a strong woman who took charge of her life when she was a teenager and overcame the problems she faced growing up in an unstable family environment. Heather put herself through college and has gone on to build a professional career she loves and a great family.
Mentor – Jessica Blake
Jessica Blake is an environmental engineering and project manager. Environmental engineers do important work that improves the quality of life for all of us. Jessica has a BS in Bio-Systems Engineering from OSU and is completing her Master’s in Engineering Management. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Women in Energy Network, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, and the Women’s Leadership Network.
Top 50 Black Business Leader
Mentor – Sam Combs
Sam Combs is recognized as one of the top 50 black business leaders in the U.S. and was the president of both Oklahoma Natural Gas and ONEOK Distribution Companies. He left corporate life in 2009 and formed his own management consulting firm and a private investment company where he has built a diverse portfolio of investments in banking, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, professional sports and real estate. Sam is a good example of how education and setting high personal goals will elevate your life.
Program Assoc at Family Foundation
Mentor – Brandon Oldham
Brandon Oldham is a Program Associate at the George Kaiser Family Foundation. He grew up in North Tulsa, graduated from Central High School and is the first member of his family to graduate from college. Brandon attended OU where he earned a BA in Public Relations and a Master’s in Education. Brandon is a good example of someone who worked hard in high school and built a record of achievement that gave him the opportunity go to a good college which opened the door to a rewarding career.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Mentor – Alex Gomez
Alex Gomez is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Key Plus Broadcasting, Oklahoma’s top Hispanic radio group. Alex is a member of the Greater Tulsa Area Hispanic Affairs Commission and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and works with Tulsa Partners and Red Cross Youth. He holds an Associate’s degree in Marketing and Marketing Management from Oklahoma State University that he earned while working full time.
Sales & Marketing Executive
Mentor – Louis Coleman
Louis Coleman is an international sales and marketing executive for Autoquip Corp headquartered in OK. In his interview, Louis talks about his career and what he considers the most important things someone should know to be successful in business. Louis earned an MBA from TU and a BBA from OU and for many years was a cohost of a weekly public radio program on business, broadcast on KWGS.
Surgeon & Inventor
Mentor – Dr. Andronica Handie
Dr. Andronica Handie is recognized as one of America’s top foot and ankle surgeons and is the inventor of several innovative medical devices used in orthopedic surgery. He was able to get a good education and go on and build a successful medical practice despite growing up in an impoverished part of rural Arkansas. His life is a testament to how educational achievement will let you pursue your own dreams.
Mentor – Dr. Gary Watts
Dr. Gary Watts is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery. He is a graduate of the OK School of Medicine and has his own independent practice. Dr. Watts talks about why he chose a career in medicine, the path he took to become a specialist and running an independent practice.
Behavioral Health Counselor
Mentor – Premadonna Braddick
Me’hkia Frazier interviews Premadonna Braddick, a Behavioral Health Counselor specializing in crises counseling, depression, anger-management, and marriage counseling. Me’hkia is a student at Langston Hughes Academy in Tulsa, OK.
EDUCATION IS ELEVATION
Steps to take in high school that will open doors to a good paying career.
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Mentor – Dr. Sharon Lewis
Me’hkia Frazier interviews Dr. Sharon Lewis, an associate professor of chemistry at Langston University. Dr. Lewis has been recognized as an outstanding mentor by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Me’hkia is a student at Langston Hughes Academy in Tulsa, OK.
Accounting Manager & Trailblazer
Mentor – Carl Bracy
Interview by Eric Thomas of Carl Bracy defining success. Carl is an Accounting Manager and trailblazer in business. Eric Thomas is a student at Langston Hughes Academy in Tulsa, OK.
Cox Area Field Manager
Mentor – Jamel Fields
Me’hkia Frazier interviews Jamel Fields, a Cox Area Field Manager. Me’hkia is a student at Langston Hughes Academy in Tulsa, OK.
Agronomy and Soil Sciences
Mentor – Dr. Jeff Edwards
Dr. Jeff Edwards, the head of Agronomy and Soil Sciences at OSU, talks about careers in agriculture that are in high demand in OK.
Mentor – Tomas Barrientos
Tomas Barrientos discusses career opportunities in real estate. Tomas has an MBA and is the managing broker of his own firm.
Founder of Gateway Mortgage
Mentor – Kevin Stitt
Keven Stitt is the Founder of Gateway Mortgage, an INC Magazine top 5000 business. He was interviewed by Bixby HS Student Maximus DeVore.
Tulsa Tech Career Academy Graduate
Mentor – Marco Valadez
Marco Valadez graduated with good grades from Tulsa Tech’s Career Academy after struggling to keep up in his high school. After graduation, he was promoted by his employer and started a part time business.
Tulsa Tech Career Academy Graduate
Mentor – Chris Brackett
Chris Brackett talks about how Tulsa Tech’s Career Academy helped him get his diploma and trained him for a career in manufacturing.
Head of Tulsa Tech’s Career Academy
Mentor – Dr. Richard Palazzo
Dr. Richard Palazzo, the head of Tulsa Tech’s Career Academy, talks about alternative education programs available to at risk high school students.
Digital Advertising Producer
Mentor – Dana Jacobs
Dana Jacobs is a digital advertising producer at the Tulsa advertising agency, Acrobat Ant. In her interview, Dana tells you how she built a career in a field that uses a combination of business and artistic skills.
Mentor – David Davis
David Davis is an entrepreneur in Tulsa with interests in finance, accounting and real estate. David grew up in Detroit and was the first in his family to graduate from college.
Renewable Energy Company Founder
Mentor – David Jankowsky
This video interview was made by Frank Muller, a student studying film and video at Jenks High School in a class taught by Clifton Raphael. David started Francis Renewable Energy, LLC (FRE) in 2015 to provide solar, geothermal and other energy efficient systems for the residential, commercial and public sectors.
Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic
Mentor – Steve Nguyen
Steve is the Coordinator of the Emergency Medical Services Program at Tulsa Tech, where you can become certified as an emergency medical technician (EMT) while you are still in high school.
Pharmacy Technician Instructor
Mentor – Nicole Hanselman
Nicole is an instructor for the Pharmacy Technician program at Tulsa Tech’s Health Sciences Center. This program is designed for high school seniors and prepares them for the national certification exam after they graduate.
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