Bobby Stitt - Mercy Hospital, Watonga
Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher; Bobby Stitt, administrator of Mercy Hospital in Watonga; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Ed Lake, DHS.
April 16, 2015
Bobby Stitt, administrator of Mercy Hospital in Watonga, recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Stitt 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.
Stitt serves on the advisory committee for the LIFE Program at Chisholm Trail Technology Center. Most of the students in the program enter health-related programs, and Stitt has arranged for Mercy Hospital in Watonga to be a work experience site for students in the area, said Helen Naifeh, LIFE Program director, who nominated him for the award.
“Having input from Mr., Stitt has not only been very beneficial to the program, but also to the students who are making decisions about the direction of their lives. He is very caring and supportive,” she said. “Mr. Stitt has also recommended a mentoring program for health care-related students. We are very thankful to have the support, creativity and innovative thinking of Bobby Stitt.”
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.
Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor