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2015 CareerTech Hall Of Fame Inductees

Phil Berkenbile, Dean Denton, Dale DeWitt, Bea Paul and Greg Pierce

Phil Berkenbile

Oct. 7, 2015

Phil Berkenbile enters CareerTech Hall of Fame

Dr. Phil BerkenbilePhil Berkenbile, retired state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, is one of five 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Dean Denton, Broken Arrow; Dale DeWitt, Braman; Bea Paul, Enid; and Greg Pierce, Ada.

The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System,” said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. “Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored.”

Berkenbile entered the CareerTech System at Dover High School, where he was active in the agricultural education program and FFA, a CareerTech student organization. He received his State FFA Degree in 1968 and the American FFA Degree in 1971. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education.

He became the agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser at Morrison Public Schools in 1972 and for the next 16 years, built a local, state and nationally recognized FFA chapter and Young Farmer program. It was a national gold emblem chapter and Building Our American Communities and national safety award winner and developed three state FFA officers and numerous competitive event winners and degree recipients.

“He had a passion with the young people that you don’t find in everybody,” said Brian Campbell, one of his former students who is now the agricultural education instructor in Depew.

In 1988, Berkenbile became a program specialist at ODCTE in Stillwater. He completed a master’s degree at OSU and earned career and technology administrator, superintendent and principal certificates. As northwest and northeast district program specialist and assistant state supervisor, he helped update curriculum and deliver professional development.

In June 1995, he became superintendent at Morrison, a position he held for more than four years. He completed his doctorate in that time. In October 1999, he became associate state director of educational services at Oklahoma CareerTech. He was named chief of staff in April 2003 and interim director in May 2003. In January 2004, he became the agency’s sixth state director, a position he held until his retirement in February 2013.

His honors included the Francis Tuttle Leadership Award, National and State FFA VIP awards, National Technical Honor Society membership, Oklahoma Youth Expo Honoree, OSU Graduate of Distinction in Agricultural Education, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, Leadership Oklahoma Class 14 graduate, American Farmers and Ranchers Lifetime Achievement Award, National FCCLA Honorary Life Award, BPA Lifetime Achievement Award, DECA Lifetime Achievment Award and Outstanding Graduate of Dover High School.

He served as president of the National State CareerTech Directors Association; chairman of the Oklahoma Commission for Educational Leadership and the High Schools That Work board; and on the Oklahoma Manufacturer’s Alliance, the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development, the American Farmers and Ranchers Policy Board and the SREB Board.

He is chairman of the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust and president of the Morrison Board of Education and serves on the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation boards and the Morrison Community Development Association.

For more information about the Hall of Fame banquet and to reserve a ticket, please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115. Tickets are $60 each.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

Dean Denton

Oct. 7, 2015

Oklahoma's CareerTech System honors Dean Denton

Dean DentonDean Denton, former business and information technology instructor at Broken Arrow High School, joins five Oklahomans who will be inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma CareerTech Education Hall of Fame.

A banquet and ceremony honoring these individuals will be held Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center's Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Morrison; Dale DeWitt, Braman; Bea Paul, Enid; and Greg Pierce, Ada.

The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

"Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System," said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. "Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored."

Denton, a national board-certified teacher, knew by the ninth grade that he wanted to teach. He majored in business education at Northeastern State University and landed a teaching internship at Muskogee High School that led to a job with the district. Two years later, he accepted a position in the newly opened Indian Capital Technology Center.

A few years later, he became employed at Broken Arrow High School to teach CareerTech's business and information technology. For the next 32 years, BAHS was Denton's home.

Denton and his students were recognized for several projects, including Cat Tracks, in which students presented career awareness lessons to elementary students, and Careers on Wheels, in which fifth-graders talked with business leaders about careers that required vehicles.

Denton has received the Business and Information Technology Education and Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education Teacher of the Year awards; three Pride awards; the American Dream Award from 1996 Miss America Shawntel Smith for involvement with school-to-work initiatives; and numerous local awards.

Earning certification from the National board for Professional Teaching Standards led Denton to create the Oklahoma CareerTech NBCT workshops to encourage CareerTech instructors to pursue certification. Denton then became involved statewide in Education Leadership Oklahoma, the scholarship and training segment of Oklahoma's NBCT initiative. He also worked with Southern Nazarene University to develop a master's degree program focusing on national board standards.

"Dean has served the people of Oklahoma in the CareerTech system on many levels," said Cheryl Harder, assistant executive director, OKACTE. "He's been an example to both students and teachers."

Tickets for the reception and banquet are $60 each. Please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115, for more information or to make a reservation for the event.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

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Ann Houston, Communications and Marketing Coordinator

 

Dale DeWitt

Oct. 7, 2015

Oklahoma's CareerTech System honors Dale DeWittDale DeWitt

Dale DeWitt, former agricultural education teacher for Braman Public Schools and former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, joins five Oklahomans who will be inducted into the 2015 Oklahoma CareerTech Education Hall of Fame.

A banquet and ceremony honoring these individuals will be held Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center's Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Morrison; Dean Denton, Broken Arrow; Bea Paul, Enid; and Greg Pierce, Ada.

The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

"Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System," said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. "Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored."

Active in sports and 4-H during high school, DeWitt earned an associate degree in science in 1970 from Northern Oklahoma College and a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1973 from Oklahoma State University, where he competed on the livestock judging team.

His first job was working as a hog buyer at John Morrell Packing Co. in Arkansas City, Kan. Shortly after that, he began teaching agricultural education at Helena-Goltry Schools, where he worked for three years. He then moved back to Braman, where he taught agricultural education and farmed for 27 years.
Through the years, DeWitt's FFA chapters were competitive in livestock judging, livestock showing, public speaking and leadership activities.

"He's given a life of service, which has taken a lot of sacrifice and hard work," said former student Mindi Clark. She is now assistant professor of agricultural education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

DeWitt has received the Bronze and Silver Teacher of Teachers awards from NVATA; the NAETA Outstanding Agriculture Education Teacher Award; an NAAE Award; Honorary, State and National FFA degrees; the ACTE Oklahoma Distinguished Service Award; and the VIP Award from the Oklahoma FFA Association.

His philosophy as a teacher carried on to the state Capitol, where he was dedicated to the needs of rural Oklahoma, focusing on agriculture and education. He served as chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources A & B committees, majority leader, majority floor leader and chairman of the Oklahoma Redistricting Committee for the Oklahoma House. He served for 13 years, finishing his term in 2014.

He received numerous awards from groups such as the Oklahoma State School Board Association, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, the Oklahoma Pork Council, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Made In Oklahoma.

In addition, he received NOC and OSU Distinguished Alumni Awards. He continues membership in the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association, the Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Sirloin Club.

Tickets for the reception and banquet are $60 each. Please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115, for more information or to make a reservation for the event.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

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Ann Houston, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
ann.houston@careertech.ok.gov

 

Bea Paul

Oct. 7, 2015

Bea Paul enters CareerTech Hall of Fame

Beatrice "Bea" PaulBea Paul, former job developer at Autry Technology Center in Enid, is one of five 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Morrison; Dean Denton, Broken Arrow; Dale DeWitt, Braman; and Greg Pierce, Ada.

The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System,” said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. “Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored.”

Paul’s CareerTech career began because of 4-H, which served as a catalyst for her to attend Oklahoma State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in the Home Economics College (now the College of Human Sciences) and became an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension agent before accepting a home economics teaching position at Chisholm High School.

She taught for 15 years at Chisholm High School, where she was also the adviser for the CareerTech student organization FCCLA, 4-H leader and Honor Society sponsor.

She moved to Autry Technology Center to develop and implement the Displaced Homemaker Program, which helped participants complete skill training programs and become productive employees. In 1992, she became the job developer at Autry Tech and helped students develop their job readiness skills.

 “I just wish that more students would have the opportunity to have a teacher like Bea during their lives. It would be a better place to live,” said Cheryl Cooksey, former student and now graphic arts instructor at Autry Tech.

Paul earned a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she also served as an adjunct instructor. She was very close to completing her doctorate in education.

Paul received the OSU Distinguished Human Sciences Alumni Award, the AVA Region IV Vocational Home Economics Teacher Award, the Oklahoma Home Economics Teacher of the Year Award, the FHA Oklahoma Honorary Membership Award and the FFA Honorary Chapter Farmer Award. She was also named National ACTE Educator of the Year, ACTE Region IV Educator of the Year, Oklahoma ACTE Educator of the Year, Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year and YWCA Woman of the Year and was a Frances Tuttle Career Excellence Award finalist.

After 43 years as an educator, Paul remains active in her church and community. She is chairwoman of the OSU Wesley Foundation Board, serves as an Enid Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, enjoys attending OSU sporting events and finds time for travel.

For more information about the Hall of Fame banquet and to reserve a ticket, please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115. Tickets are $60 each.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

Greg Pierce

Oct. 7, 2015

Greg Pierce enters CareerTech Hall of Fame

Gregory PierceGreg Pierce, former superintendent of Pontotoc Technology Center in Ada, is one of five 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be Oct. 21 on Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Rockwell Campus in Oklahoma City. Other inductees are Phil Berkenbile, Morrison; Dean Denton, Broken Arrow; Dale DeWitt, Braman; and Bea Paul, Enid.

The 2015 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 75. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame honorees have contributed significantly to the success of the CareerTech System,” said Marcie Mack, CareerTech state director. “Each recipient has advanced the mission of CareerTech in unique and extraordinary ways. Their commitment to students, businesses and the lives of Oklahomans is appreciated and honored.”

Pierce entered the CareerTech System through FFA, one of seven CareerTech student organizations. He was active in FFA at Velma-Alma High School before going to Oklahoma State University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education and an administration certificate.

He taught agricultural education at Tishomingo Public Schools and in 1978 moved to the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education, now the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, as agriculture curriculum specialist. He became assistant coordinator of the Curriculum Instructional Materials Center, then coordinator of evaluation and testing, executive director of the Mid-America Vocational Curriculum Consortium and coordinator of CIMC.

Pierce left the CareerTech System in 1990 and became superintendent of Velma-Alma Public Schools. In 1992, he returned to CareerTech as superintendent of Pontotoc Skill Development Center and Rural Industrial Incubator, now Pontotoc Technology Center.

Under his 20 years of leadership, Pontotoc Tech gained a reputation as a premier technology center and received many Gold Star School awards. Pierce oversaw several campus expansions and the addition of two additional partner schools. The PTC Seminar Center has been dedicated in his name.

Pierce developed instructional materials for the Associated General Contractors of America; the Tile Council of America; the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives; the United Union of Roofers, Water Proofers and Allied Workers; the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers; NASA; and several foreign countries. He developed or coordinated the development of more than 250 publications for career and technology education.

He also conducted workshops on competency-based education all across the United States.

“He can reflect back on the many contributions he’s made to the people of Oklahoma and across this country and recognize the impact that he’s had on the lives of others,” said Ann Benson, former CareerTech state director.

Pierce served twice as vice president of the Association for Career and Technical Education and as president of the National Council of Local Administrators; president of the Oklahoma ACTE Administration Division; finance chairman of the ACTE Board of Directors; president of the Oklahoma Area Career Technology School Superintendents; past president and member of the Oklahoma Career and Technology Foundation Board of Directors; president of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce; and deacon of Ada First Baptist Church. He was a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class IX.

He also served eight years in the National Guard.

For more information about the Hall of Fame banquet and to reserve a ticket, please contact LaMecia Stidham, 405-743-5115. Tickets are $60 each.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 59 campuses, 393 comprehensive school districts and 13 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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