Cave Springs’ Louisa Blevins – Athlete of the Month Presented By Indian Capital Technology Center

In sports as well as in life, great things never come from resting inside comfort zones. Success requires going beyond what you think you can do in order to see your full potential.

It’s an everyday vision for Louisa Blevins as the Cave Springs senior prepares for the next chapter of her life success continuing to use the life skills and traits mastered through her learning experiences as a student at Indian Capital Technology Center.

“It was obvious from the first tour, the ICTC experience would open doors to my future,” said Blevins, who plans to pursue her heart’s passion as an elementary school teacher. “I knew the programs would teach me a lot and that it wouldn’t be just another normal classroom experience.”

Blevins participation in the Business Management Administration program includes a wide range of responsibilities and techniques required in a business office environment as well as developing confidence and professionalism.

“This program affords our students the opportunity to enter the workforce as a frontline staff member and rock it from the get go,” explained program instructor Rachel Oglesby. “We really push our students to grow by challenging themselves to move outside your comfort zone.”

The BMA program at ICTC includes options for the future in one of three different pathways involving Executive Administrative Assistant curriculum as well as Medical Office Assistant and Medical Insurance Coder, each one matched to the individual students interest and needs.

Students gain computer skills and fundamentals of technology including Microsoft Office suites.

“The Executive pathway that Louisa is enrolled in allows students to learn principals of accounting and QuickBooks, a skill that almost all employers in this pathway are looking to employ. They want students who have mastered this trait,” explained Oglesby.

It’s an area that Blevins welcomed the opportunity to raise the bar of performance.

“I really enjoyed working with the computers and learning the Microsoft Office system,” said Blevins. “It’s been challenging and fun at the same time.”
In addition to her own individual benchmarks, Blevins admits she’s enjoyed the opportunity to work as a group.

“It’s like playing basketball, the others in the classroom are my teammates and we all work together on projects and our Mrs. Rae is the coach.  Together we figure our to get the problems solved and the win,” explained Blevins.

Teamwork activities including communication as well as presentation and interview skills pushed Blevins out of her comfort zone on her way to success.

“Through the presentation drills, Louisa ’s enriched her self confidence and now is non-stop outgoing personality. She took the ball and ran with it including being voted president of BPA (Business Professionals of America) student organization.

Blevins closes the high school chapter of life with honors including Homecoming Queen, serving as Senior class president and graduates with honors as Class Valedictorian.

“I’m proud of myself for what I’ve been able to do and the ICTC experienced has really helped. I got a whole lot more than just another class credit. I’ve learned so many things that will benefit me in the days ahead.”