• Sat. Jun 3rd, 2023

Ouachita alumni additional know-how with Apptegy


Mar 28, 2023

Ouachita Baptist College has sustained momentum in equipping college students for postgraduate
success, persistently reporting profession outcomes charges that far exceed the nationwide
common. Graduates are pursuing alternatives in quite a lot of fields, together with know-how.
For instance, 5 alumni working at Apptegy, an training software program firm in Little Rock, Ark., are growing software program for
Ok-12 faculty advertising. Their contributions embody software program engineering, designing
user-friendly interfaces and guaranteeing shopper success with Apptegy merchandise.

Based on its firm web site, Apptegy is devoted to powering a Ok-12 faculty’s
“identification” by constructing its colleges’ manufacturers with an “ADA compliant faculty advertising
technique.” For seven years, Apptegy has offered a software known as Thrillshare, an app
and internet platform that allows colleges to share their story throughout a number of platforms
with the faucet of a button, permitting them to “management the dialog” concerning their

Ouachita alumni at Apptegy embody Jasmine Thomas ’10, a studio artwork and communications
& media graduate who’s a person interface/person expertise designer; Elva Rosas ’16,
a finance graduate working as shopper success supervisor; Seigen Caton ’20, a enterprise
administration/entrepreneurship and Christian research graduate main the shopper
success group; Sarah Yates ’21, a arithmetic and laptop science graduate who’s
a software program engineer; and LaCameria Clark ’22, a communications & media/strategic communications
main who joined Apptegy as a shopper assist consultant after her December commencement
from Ouachita.

Every shared how Ouachita ready them for his or her careers by cultivating a ardour
for training and the neighborhood, rising well-rounded people within the liberal arts
custom and constructing problem-solving expertise.

Caton mentioned professors at Ouachita taught her to “work diligently, suppose critically
and stay a life in pursuit of strolling with the Lord.”

“Whereas at Ouachita,” Yates recalled, “I realized easy methods to problem-solve, work with folks
and discover which means within the work I do.”

As a pupil, Rosas mentioned she developed “actual life expertise, comparable to easy methods to talk
successfully, construct wholesome relationships and handle a wholesome life-style.” She reported
utilizing classes in the present day that she realized in Ouachita lessons comparable to Enterprise Ethics,
Enterprise Regulation and Psychology. Past the classroom, she additionally valued the setting
Ouachita cultivated.

“Having the ability to meet folks from all around the nation and world helped me perceive
the significance of being intentional always,” she recalled. “I made lifelong
associates who I now think about household. I’ll at all times be glad about my time at Ouachita.”

Rosas just isn’t the one one who got here away with a contemporary viewpoint.

“I realized so much about perspective throughout my time at Ouachita,” Caton mentioned. “It wasn’t
one thing I gained from any single class, however extra one thing I noticed by a number of
lessons, professors, golf equipment and associates. Perspective is monumental to the way you strategy
conversations, challenges and relationships, and the superb factor is that you’ve got
the flexibility to decide on it.”

Caton’s Ouachita expertise has impacted not solely her, but additionally the group she leads
in attaining shopper success.

“At Ouachita, I used to be inspired to ask questions and never accept straightforward solutions,”
she mentioned. “That is one thing I now coach my group on day by day.”

“Ouachita helped mildew me right into a well-rounded particular person. I gained worthwhile information
that goes past being a talented skilled in my trade,” Yates reported. “I
realized the significance of investing in my non secular development and serving my neighborhood
by my church.”

When requested which Ouachita programs ready her for Apptegy, Yates mentioned, “Particularly,
I take into consideration a few of the ideas from Algorithm Design and Evaluation. I focus so much
on efficiency and the effectivity of our applications.”

Studying to handle a busy campus schedule that included obligatory chapel attendance,
practicum, conferences and Arts Engagement actions helped put together Clark for the quick
tempo of her work with Apptegy purchasers.

As a pupil, “I believed it was an excessive amount of, and generally pointless, however that’s not
the case in actuality,” she mentioned. “I noticed how useful it’s, for use to having
a full day of occasions and stability every little thing.”

The Ouachita alumni at Apptegy characterize totally different diploma applications and emphases, accounting
for 5 of Ouachita’s seven undergraduate colleges, not together with the core curriculum.

“Job markets are shifting fairly rapidly lately, however we’re seeing our graduates
discover work that’s significant and makes use of their expertise and diploma in methods they might have
by no means dreamed,” mentioned Adam Wheat, director of profession & calling at Ouachita. “From Christian
research majors in know-how, to musical theatre majors working towards legislation, to enterprise
majors in medical faculty, my group and I discover pleasure in serving to college students suppose creatively
about their subsequent steps.”

Ouachita Baptist College, a non-public liberal arts college, is in its 137th 12 months as a Christ-centered studying neighborhood and is ranked nationally by U.S. Information & World Report. Ouachita continues to interrupt data for enrollment – reporting its highest headcount
in 56 years throughout the Fall 2022 semester and a Spring 2023 headcount that’s its
highest in 26 years – and profession placement charges, reporting that 99% of its 2022 graduates
are employed or furthering their training. To be taught extra, go to www.obu.edu.

Lead picture: Ouachita alumni on the employees of the Little Rock, Ark., training software program
firm Apptegy are (from left) LaCameria Clark ’22, a communications & media/strategic
communications main, shopper assist consultant; Jasmine Thomas ’10, a studio
artwork and communications & media graduate, person interface/person expertise designer;
Elva Rosas ’16, a finance graduate, shopper success supervisor; Sarah Yates ’21, a arithmetic
and laptop science graduate, software program engineer; and Seigen Caton ’20, a enterprise
administration/entrepreneurship and Christian research graduate, shopper success group
chief. Picture by Bri Vongvilay

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