From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Rep. Todd Russ; Hoyt Lewis; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Janie Clay, OkCTEEC; and Joe Robinson, ODCTE.
April 25, 2014
Western Technology Center Superintendent Hoyt Lewis received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council recently.
Lewis was one of 25 people honored at the 20th annual Making It Work Day April 24 at the state Capitol. Recipients of the Outstanding Leadership Award are administrators of and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education technology center or a community college.
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.
Lewis began his career with Western Tech in 1995 as site director for a new campus in Sayre. After then serving as assistant superintendent in Burns Flat, he became superintendent in 2010.
As superintendent, he has led Western Tech to upgrade technology, add new programs, enhance digital learning and find new partners in the business community, said Diana Patterson-Smith, Western Tech Workforce 2000 coordinator, who nominated him for the award. Under Lewis’ leadership, Western Tech added a biomedical academy and a multi-hazard training facility for fire, police and emergency medical service personnel and will add a criminal justice program during the next school year, Patterson-Smith said.
“A leader is often saluted for innovation and progress,” she said. “Mr. Lewis deserves the recognition for both characteristics.”
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