Oct. 7, 2015
Oklahoma's CareerTech System honors Dale 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.