From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Rep. Todd Russ; Jana Rowland; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Janie Clay, OkCTEEC.
April 25, 2014
Jana Rowland, Western Technology Center biomedical academy coordinator and instructor, recently received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
One of 25 people honored at the 20th annual Making It Work Day April 24 at the state Capitol, she received the national CTEEC Myra P. Sadker Award, which recognizes career and technology education teachers who have recognized and reduced gender bias and stereotyping in educational settings to provide an equitable education for all students.
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.
Rowland is in her second year as coordinator and instructor in Western Tech’s biomedical academy. The program began last year with seven students and now has 21, 18 of whom are female students recruited by Rowland, said Western Tech Assistant Superintendent Penny Berry, who nominated Rowland for the award.
After one year in the program, students taking the ACT raised their scores by three to six points, Berry said.
“Mrs. Rowland is an amazing instructor,” she said. “The organizational skills and expertise that Mrs. Rowland bestows on her students is highly effective.”
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