Metro Tech DraftingTechnician changes course of her life after prison through education and community

South Bryant Campus Drafting Technician student Amber Anthony dropped out of high school her junior year of high school and spent several years in and out of prison for drug charges; but she’s making a comeback in a big way.

“It’s difficult to see the good through the bad, but I was able to earn my high school diploma while I was in prison, and I knew I wanted to change my life for the better,” Amber said.

Thanks to the support of TEEM Ministries, a non-profit organization that assists incarcerated inmates with finding training and employment – Amber moved to a sober-living house and rode a bus to work every morning at 5:30 a.m., even in the freezing cold.

“TEEM assigned a case manager that helped me map out a course for success. I did two years of construction-related training in prison and I’m a good problem solver,” she said.

Those skills and an interest in interior design led Amber to the Drafting Technician Program at Metro Tech. Her teacher, Russ Powers, said she’s one of the most exceptional students he’s ever had in class.

“Amber completed her first course in six weeks. It normally takes a student an entire semester. She works hard and is focused on creating a positive future,” Mr. Power said.

Amber back for a second year in the Drafting Technician Program and expressed gratitude for the second chance she’s received at life.

"I continue to do things different and better. I'm making good choices, continuing my education and communicating with my children who were adopted while I was incarcerated." 

For more information about enrolling in a Metro Tech program, please call (405) 424-TECH and our customer service representatives will help you change your life!