Mahseet chooses unconventional career path to success

February 26, 2019
Leisha Mahseet chooses unconventional career
Leisha Mahseet (Apache) pursues certification in Diesel Services to ensure employment at a major fleet enterprise.

CKTC students continue to make groundbreaking leaps into nontraditional careers

Jobs that were considered an unconventional career choice for women some 30 years ago are no longer labeled as such. According to the United States Department of Labor – Women Bureau, those careers include lawyers, physicians and butchers to name a few. Unbeknownst to Leisha Mahseet (Apache) breaking more molds is precisely what she did when she enrolled in the Diesel Services Tech program at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. To her it was simple: She needed a career that could provide a better life for her and her family, and she wasn’t afraid of hard work.

“I didn’t even know I if I would like it until I started working hands-on in the program. And I didn’t just like it; I loved it. It came naturally to me,” said Mahseet.

According to Instructor Allan Leatherbury, Mahseet is a natural leader in the program and also a perfect example of someone who breaks traditions and promotes equity in a male-dominated industry.  At the top of her class, staff and students describe Mahseet as a quiet, yet strong role model for not only her classmates but also for other women who want to get their training in an unconventional career choice such as Diesel Service Tech.

Mahseet also worked on top of wind turbines

But this isn’t Mahseet’s first time to succeed in a nontraditional career. She was the first female employee to work at the top of the wind turbines for the Blue Canyon Wind Farm located near Apache, Oklahoma.

And it won’t be her last. Mahseet recently earned ASE student certifications in Engines, Brakes, Steering and Suspension and Electrical. Moreover, she will finish the Diesel Service Tech program this spring and will start working on her CDL through the Truck Driver Training program, also at CKTC.

“I feel this is just the beginning for Leisha,” said Leatherbury. “She’s done quite well in the program, and I expect she will be even more successful in the field.”

Caddo Kiowa Technology Center is currently accepting applications for classes starting in August. If you would like to know more about the program go to Diesel Service Technology

For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.

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