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Todd Moran
Todd Moran


As a May 2013 graduate from The University of Oklahoma (OU), I would like to thank the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for supporting me in my journey to earn a degree in construction science, a minor in business, graduate with honors, and Cum Laude. Along with earning my degree, my goal was to graduate debt free, and you have played a significant role in helping me achieve that goal.


During my senior year of high school, my family contacted the Department of Higher Education to learn about various opportunities that were available to assist me with college. Everyone was extremely helpful and directed me to Career Development and the Scholarship Advisement Program. After applying to participate in these


Karen Thomas was assigned as my counselor through the Career Development office. Immediately, she began working with me regarding funding my summer courses, intersession courses, and certifications required in my degree program. Also, Ms. Thomas spoke with me about acquiring the Career Readiness Certification which I completed at the Moore/Norman Technology Center near my home. With the many extra hours required to graduate with honors and earn a minor in business, the financial assistance provided by Career Development was vital. Ms. Thomas was my counselor throughout my college studies and always went the extra mile to make sure that I had what I needed so that my focus could stay on my studies.


The Scholarship Advisement Program was still fairly new, so I did not know exactly what to expect. Kaci Jackson worked with me to get my application and necessary documents into their database the summer before my classes began. During my third week at OU, Jo McDaniel called to congratulate me on being selected as the Flintco/Choctaw Nation scholarship recipient. This scholarship was renewable each year and also offered me the opportunity to work for Flintco during summer internships.

Knowing that I had this funding coming each year was a tremendous benefit. Everyone with SAP supported me throughout my college journey and ensured that I had the necessary scholarship funding even when the economy became sluggish. Many thanks to Jo McDaniel, Kaci Jackson, Shauna Williams, the scholarship donors, and everyone in SAP for all your efforts in helping me achieve my goal of graduating debt free.


Finally, the Department of Higher Education was there each semester with needed funding to complete my coursework. At the beginning of each year, I would submit the application and then followup at the end of each semester with my transcript and course schedule for the next semester. Also, they made sure that I had my required laptop before my freshman year began. My part was simple and painless. Everyone that we spoke with was always helpful and courteous. Knowing that you could count on the funding each semester was very important to me.


There were many offerings through the Choctaw Nation that I could have used to help in my job search. Fortunately, I was able to make connections with my current employer through the spring job fair sponsored by OU. At the end of May, I began working as a project engineer/estimator for HGL Construction in Midwest City. I am very excited for this opportunity and feel that the job is exactly what I was looking for.


What I have learned over these last four years is to stay in touch with your counselors every few months. There are always new offerings and opportunities, and everyone that you speak with at the Choctaw Nation is always watching out for you and keeping you informed about offerings that you might be eligible for.


With deep appreciation, my family and I thank The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma for your generous assistance and support throughout this journey. When I began college, I had no idea the great role that you would play. Your support allowed me to focus on my studies and realize my goal of graduating debt free.


With gratitude,




Todd Moran







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Landing a New Job Requires More Than a Good Resume

When evaluating job candidates, employers care about more than the competence and skills described on the resume.  They are looking for someone who will be both compentent and pleasant to work with - someone who will fit into the organization successfully and work with other employees to achieve the goals of the organization.  And behavior in the job interview is where that fit (or lack of fit) usually becomes apparent. Read more...





Employer / Industry Spotlight


ENOSERV Partners with TCC for New Electrical Substation Technology Program

Whether it is keeping your lights on during a spring storm with high winds or making sure the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans maintains power, substation technicians are in demand in the electric power industry.  Many of the substation technicians currently employed are reaching retirement age and the power utility industry is experiencing a shortage of candidates for employment.


Tulsa Community College and ENOSERV are partnering to offer classes in a new Electrical Substation Technology program.  TCC will be one of the few community colleges in the country to offer the training associated with this new program.  The classes and curriculum were developed in partnership with ENOSERV and industry experts after learning of the need for skilled workers both for power utility companies and large manufacturers that depend on their own electrical substations.


"In this new economy where skilled workers are so essential, TCC wants to ensure it remains responsive to workforce demands of our local employers and this program is an example of what we can do," said Lauren Brookey, TCC VP of External Affairs.  "TCC continues to serve our students by equipping them with skills that transfer to the job market, and this training could allow them to step directly into the workforce thanks to the current environment."

In addition to providing a knowledgeable industry instructor for the courses, ENOSERV donated $100,000 and relay equipment to TCC to help support the new program.  ENOSERV is a Tulsa-based software company that pioneered the idea of universal/multi-platform system protection testing for power companies.


"ENOSERV constantly strives to find ways to support the power industry. In terms of timing, this was the perfect opportunity for us to pair up with TCC. As a software and service provider, we are constantly aware of the urgent need for good relay technicians. This is especially encouraging in an economy where jobs are a scarcity," says Dennis Loudermilk, ENOSERV president and CEO.


Loudermilk said in his efforts to hire qualified employees, he found a need for a hands-on substation technician training program.  He said the starting salary for an individual with specialized substation training begins at $50,000 to $60,000 and can easily move into the six-figure range with a few years of experience.


Classes begin this semester with a Substation Relay Circuits class to be offered in the second eight-week session which starts mid-March.  The class meets one night per week (Friday) for four hours for eight weeks.  The substation specific courses will be offered in a credit or noncredit format allowing traditional students and seasoned electrical workers to be in the same class.



ENOSERV pioneered the idea of universal/multi-platform system protection testing. ENOSERV has a 100 percent focus on the power industry and more specifically protection and control. For us, the Power Industry is not simply one of many vertical markets; it is our only business. Our solutions were developed by actual protection engineers and field technicians. The ENOSERV software suite represents the efforts of thousands of man hours in research, development and responding to customer feedback. For more information on ENOSERV, visit www.enoserv.com.


About TCC:

TCC is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the United States ranking23rd in the number of graduates among 1,150 community colleges nationwide.  Serving 27,000 students annually in credit courses, TCC is the state's largest two-year college with four campuses in the Tulsa area. For more information on TCC, visit www.tulsacc.edu.


10 money habits new grads should avoid

The terrain is already tough enough for new graduates. Don't make it worse by making these money missteps.

By MSN Money Partner May 30, 2013 11:58AM
If you're just graduating, I feel for you.


The economy is still bogged down and the job market is soft -- not a great time to start out in the world.


College graduate � Alys Tomlinson/Creatas Images/Jupiterimages

But don't make it worse by getting your financial life off on the wrong foot and developing bad money habits. In no particular order, here is a list of money moves to avoid as you enter the real world.


1. Borrowing to buy things that lose value

Cars, furniture, appliances, tech gadgets -- the value of these things is headed in one direction, and that's down. Paying interest means getting hit twice, first by the value loss, then by finance charges.


There are purchases where borrowing is justified: A home, a business, or an education can be among them because they at least have a chance of ultimately increasing your net worth. For pretty much everything else, the fewer borrowed bucks, the better More.

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