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Barry Johnson - Tulsa Technology Center

April 16, 2015

Tulsa Technology Center graduate Barry Johnson recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Johnson was one of 19 people honored at the 21st annual Making It Work Day April 15 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.

Johnson entered Tulsa Tech’s HIRE Work Prep program in 2013 to pursue work in the IT field. Even though he faced economic hardships, he was determined to “build a bridge to build a better life for his family,” said Lynetria Rhodes-Johnson, Tulsa Tech employment specialist, who nominated him for the award.

Johnson showed natural leadership by encouraging fellow students to overcome their own situations in the same way he was overcoming his personal obstacles, Rhodes-Johnson said. He served as class president and was a member of the National Technical Honor Society and Business Professionals Association and place at several area competitions.

After graduation, he joined Hewlett-Packard Enterprise as a help desk technician.

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.

“Our work-prep programs offer students the education and technical training they need to rise above challenges resulting from poverty,” said Marva White, OkCTEEC president and TOP program coordinator at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. “Our programs provide the support they need to overcome barriers to their success and find viable employment. These positive outcomes would certainly not be possible without the myriad supportive services from our business and community partners. They generously provide opportunities and resources and encouragement to assure student success.”

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit www.cteec.org/. For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit www.okcareertech.org.

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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