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Electrical student Byron Golphin

Sacrificing Now For a Brighter Tomorrow

Sacrifice can be defined as “the forfeiture of something highly-valued for the sake of something considered to have greater value.”  For Byron Golphin, he sacrifices sleep, as his daily routine is unlike most students. This adult student leaves his third-shift job as a quality control supervisor and comes straight to class.

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A Place to Belong

A stroll down the halls of any Tulsa Tech campus is a feast for the senses. Step inside the Broken Arrow campus, and your first sight is a pristine old car, proudly displayed across the welcoming lobby. But beyond the sights and smells, you also find a sense of family. “I like the culture here; I have found friends,” Maksym Smolko, a student in the Collision Refinishing program said. 

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Fulfilling Her Need to Serve

In surveys from the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, as many as 30 percent of workers said they wanted out of the profession. That was also true for Tulsa Tech student Kristy Irvine. “I was a nurse for 25 years, and the pandemic put me on a different level of stress and being away from my family,” she said. Like many Americans, the pandemic caused Irvine to reevaluate her life. But she did not want to abandon what she had learned over the last quarter century.

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