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Oklahomans Work Together, ‘Making it Work’

“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.

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 19 community college and CareerTech students, educators, businesses and community partners at the 17th Annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on April 6.

“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 Lou Ann Hargrave. Hargrave is the OKCTEEC advisor and CareerTech state coordinator for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

“These students are learning methods to independently continue their education while working to further improve the lives of their families,” Hargrave said.

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

“A strong partnership between agencies, businesses, and industries is the vital link in the chain from education and training to employment,” said Steve Banker, president of OKCTEEC. Banker is the director of the Adult Training Program at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester. “We rely heavily on these 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/.

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By Ann Houston, Communications and Marketing  ahous@okcareertech.org

Posted April 12, 2011

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