Metro Tech's successful partnership with the Oklahoma City Police Department is going strong in its second year, adding Oklahoma City Public Schools Bodine Elementary students to the program in 2016.
Similar to the Metro Tech Cadet Program, the junior cadets from Bodine Elementary have their own uniform and undergo regular inspections from OCPD. With the elementary school within walking distance of Metro Tech, the junior cadets make their way across the field separating the two schools a few times a week to shadow the Metro Tech cadets.
Dangela Hunter - Metro Tech Law Enforcement Services second-year student and current OCPD cadet - attended Bodine Elementary as a child and enjoys giving back by mentoring the younger students. Dangela graduated from high school last year, qualifying her to enter the OCPD Community Cadet Program. She was one of 36 chosen from hundreds of applicants.
Bodine Elementary School Principal Nikki Coshow said the partnership has changed students for the better.
"Students know that in order to participate at Metro Tech they have to keep their grades, behavior and attendance up. Spots for this opportunity are competitive; it's all they talk about. Their desire to participate makes them think before acting," Mrs. Coshow said.
Metro Tech is an Oklahoma technology school that offers free tuition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak Public Schools and Millwood Public Schools students. Full-time and part-time training is offered for adult students, as well as customized Business & Industry training. For more information (405) 424-TECH.