Keisha Gordon, Anadarko Public Library
April 25, 2014
Keisha Gordon and the Anadarko Community Library recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Gordon and the library were among 25 individuals and organizations 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.
Gordon, director of the library, offers internships and work-based learning opportunities to students at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, said Ronda Weaver, Caddo Kiowa Work Prep coordinator, who nominated her for the award.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Center in Caddo County uses the library for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Work Experience Program also, and people required to complete court-ordered community service volunteer at the library.
“Ms. Gordon holds these students and volunteers to a high degree of professionalism,” Weaver said. “She provides a professional work setting, shows patience and gives helpful feedback to students regarding attendance, punctuality and customer service. She has hired several TANF clients as employees.
Gordon also serves on the ADVANCE Work Prep program advisory board at Caddo Kiowa.
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