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Oklahomans Work Together, ‘Making it Work’

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 17 community college and CareerTech students, educators, businesses and community partners at the 16th Annual “Making It Work Day at the Capitol.”  The event was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol Blue Room on March 24, at 10 a.m.

“Making It Work Day” recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for families in poverty by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. Special recognition is also given to people who received acknowledgment for their efforts on a national level.

OKCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council promotes communication and the use of resources for the education of disadvantaged students. OKCTEEC also creates linkages between students, educators, community partners, and business/industry leaders.

“Students will be recognized for their successful efforts to obtain education, training and employment amid the struggles faced by striving to rise above poverty,” said Ronda Weaver, Student Services counselor at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center and OKCTEEC awards chair.

“These students are learning methods to independently continue their education while working to further improve the lives of their families,” said Lou Ann Hargrave, OKCTEEC advisor and CareerTech state coordinator for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Educators and professional partners also play an important role in “Making it Work.”

“State and federal programs often cannot remove all the obstacles facing those living in poverty,” said Michelle Jackson, president of OKCTEEC as well as the coordinator of Project HIRE at Tulsa Technology Center.  “A strong community partnership is a vital link in the employment chain from education and training to self-sufficiency. We rely heavily on our community partners to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom.”

The purposes of OKCTEEC are to increase effectiveness of education, promote research and strategies in education and educational equity, develop leadership, and provide advocacy for equity and diversity.

“By contributing to the professional development of students in poverty, we are able to improve the economic outlook for the future,” Hargrave said.

For more information about OKCTEEC, call Lou Ann Hargrave at 405-743-5128 or visit http://cteec.org/. For more information about CareerTech agencies, visit www.okcareertech.org/main/division.htm.

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: March 25, 2010

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