April 25, 2014
Indian Capital Technology Center student Angela Turner recently received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Turner was one of 25 people honored at the 20th annual Making It Work Day April 24 at the state Capitol. Making It Work Day recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students and members who received national honors for their efforts.
Turner is the only female in Indian Capital Tech’s auto body collision and paint class, said Kirsten McKay, ICTC FOCUS program teacher, and Terri Nicholas, FOCUS program coordinator, who nominated Turner for the award.
A single mother of two young sons, Turner is a full-time student who works hard to be in class every day and who is doing very well in her class, McKay and Nicholas said. When she finishes her studies, they added, she will have achievements in several auto body repair areas, including some aligned with national standards.
OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.
“The mission of OkCTEEC is to serve as a unifying council for all personnel serving displaced homemakers, single parents, teen parents, single pregnant teens and women, nontraditional students and at-risk females,” said Lou Ann Hargrave, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. She serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Sandy Elledge of the Department of Human Services and Kathy Quinn-Teague of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
“State and federal programs often cannot remove all the obstacles facing those living in poverty,” said Janie Clay, OkCTEEC president and coordinator of the Allied Jobs Program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. “Therefore, a strong community partnership is imperative among agencies, businesses and industries as the participants transition from education and training to employment and self-sufficiency. We rely heavily on our partners to provide learning opportunities outside the classroom.”
Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor