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Quint Gobert - Kiamichi Technology Centers

Quint Gobert - Kiamichi Technology Centers

Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Quint Gobert, Kiamichi Technology Centers; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Ed Lake, DHS.

April 16, 2015

Kiamichi Technology Centers instructor Quint Gobert recently received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Gobert 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.

Gobert teaches computer and networking technology at Kiamichi Tech’s Durant campus. He encourages nontraditional students to attend his class and works with TRAIN Program staff members to help students meet participation guidelines and succeed, said Faith Hollis, TRAIN Program coordinator, who nominated him for the award.

“He is great at finding worksites for all his students that help provide hands-on experience and most importantly possible employment,” Hollis said. “The TRAIN program is always encouraged when a student wishes to enroll in Mr. Gobert’s class.”

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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