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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.


Ann Houston, Communications and Marketing Coordinator


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