Jennifer George - Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Rep. Lewis H. Moore, R-Arcadia; Jennifer George, Francis Tuttle Technology Center graduate; Ed Lake, DHS; Marva White, OkCTEEC.
April 16, 2015
Francis Tuttle Technology Center graduate Jennifer George recently received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
George 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.
Before attending Francis Tuttle Technology Center, George had worked as a Sonic carhop, Burger King assistant manager and a concrete finisher. She planned to become a phlebotomist, but tests suggested that she might want to consider nontraditional training, said Marva White, Francis Tuttle TOP Program coordinator, who nominated her for the award.
George met with the advanced manufacturing instructor and toured the program training site and then signed up for the instrumentation and process control technician program, White said. While a student, she also served as an officer for the Francis Tuttle student chapter of the International Society of Automation and attended the ISA Fall Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
“During her training, Jennifer showed true leadership skills by serving as a mentor for two other TOP Program students who entered the nontraditional advanced manufacturing program,” White said.
Before she graduated, George received job offers that paid up to $35 per hour, White added.
“During her time at Francis Tuttle, Jennifer evolved from someone with relatively low employment expectations into a confident young woman with great prospects for a very bright future for herself and her daughters,” White said.
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