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Former teen mom in Oklahoma beats odds by attaining higher education, good job

By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World Modified: March 18, 2014 at 6:57 am •  Published: March 18, 2014

Nikki Parker is part of the 2 percent.

The 28-year-old director of human resources for the Tulsa Regional Chamber is rare. A former Memorial High School athlete and graduate, she holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and master's from Dallas Baptist University.

She was also a teen mom, had a second child four years later and spent eight years on nearly every welfare program available.

Though she has continuously held a full-time job since before having her first child, the income was never enough to support herself and her children.

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