From left, Ginger Allison, Metro Tech; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Sen. Constance Johnson; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; David Martin; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Adolph Pearson, Metro Tech; and Janie Clay, OkCTEEC.
April 25, 2014
Metro Technology Centers Assistant Director David Martin recently received the Outstanding CareerTech/College Administrator Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Martin 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.
Martin graduated from Langston University and began his career at Metro Tech as an administrative assistant in health before being promoted to an administrative position. To stay in touch with students, he often visited the BEST Program, for which he has been an ardent proponent at Metro Tech, said Terri Grusendorf, BEST Program coordinator, who nominated Martin for the award.
He now serves as assistant director to the Career Academy, but even with those responsibilities, Grusendorf said, “he still finds time to visit our classroom to check on our students to continue challenging and motivating them.”
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