Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Oneida/Huntsville’s President Dwight Murphy is pleased to announce that Emilly Brewster is the 2018 Tennessee College of Applied Technology–Oneida/Huntsville Outstanding Technical Student of the Year. Emilly was selected from 10 post-secondary students nominated by TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville instructors. Each of the finalists were interviewed and the winner chosen by a committee of local business and industry community leaders. According to Noah Duncan, OTSY coordinator for TCAT - Oneida/Huntsville, "The purpose of the Outstanding Technical Student of the Year award is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today's world of work and to recognize outstanding achievement by students attending Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology and community colleges. This title is based on excellence in leadership and ability.” Chosen as nominees for recognition by their instructors were the following students: Rick Wiseman, Administrative Office Technology; Thomas Barnes, Automotive Technology; Brent Thomas, Collision Repair Technology; Weston Bell, Computer Information Technology; Andrea Bowling, Cosmetology; Dakota Cross, Machine Tool Technology; Emilly Brewster, Pharmacy Technician; Tyler Irwin, Power Line Construction & Maintenance Technology; Jeffrey Goodman, Practical Nursing; and Ferris Brady, Welding.
Emilly Brewster, the 2018 Tennessee College of Applied Technology–Oneida/Huntsville Outstanding Technical Student of the Year, is enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. According to her instructor Casey Byrd, “Emilly has shown great potential as a student in the Pharmacy Technician Program. She is punctual, organized, and continues to excel in the classroom. She has done a great job representing TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville as the outstanding technical student of the year, and I look for her to do very well in the pharmacy as a technician.” Emilly states, “I would encourage people to look into enrolling at TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville. I never realized all the different programs that are available at the TCAT for adults in our community. TCAT makes it possible to have not only a job but a promising career. Before enrolling at TCAT-Oneida/Huntsville, I had worked over one year at a theater and also at a coop. One of my co-workers talked about wanting to take the pharmacy technician course. I did not know the training for a pharmacy technician was available in Scott County. That sounded interesting so I decided to check into it too. I’m glad I did! I have learned a lot about medicines and what a retail pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy are all about. My instructor, Casey Byrd teaches in a way that I understand. He makes it enjoyable—he’s a great instructor. I’m half way through the program and am very anxious to begin my career as a pharmacy technician. I do not know who wrote this but this quote has helped me so much, “Faith it, till you make it.””
Pictured with the 2018 Tennessee College of Applied Technology–Oneida/Huntsville Outstanding Technical Student of the Year Emilly Brewster is TCAT-O/H Assistant Director Amy West, the honoree, Pharmacy Technician instructor Casey Byrd, and OTSY coordinator Noah Duncan.