Ashley Wisner, Mustang Senior Citizens Center
From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Ashley Wisner; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Rep. Leslie Osborn; Janie Clay, OkCTEEC; and Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE.
April 25, 2014
Ashley Wisner and the Mustang Senior Citizens Center recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Wisner and the center were among 25 organizations and individuals 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.
Wisner and the Mustang Senior Citizens Center provided space to Canadian Valley Technology Center for its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program after the May 31, 2013, tornado hit the technology center’s El Reno campus, said Kathy Stamps, Canadian Valley career placement specialist/PIVOT Program. She nominated Wisner and the center for the award.
“Mrs. Wisner has worked with our PIVOT Program for several years, so she knew how important it was to keep it going, even in this time of tragedy,” Stamps said.
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