Rebecca Aust - Redlands Community College
Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Rebecca Aust, OG&E; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Ed Lake, DHS.
April 16, 2015
OG&E Community Relations Coordinator Rebecca Aust recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Aust 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.
Aust has been actively involved in the Canadian County Coalition for Children and Families and hosts an annual community roundtable in El Reno to give social service agencies the opportunity to network and share information about their programs to help students, said Julie Lamb, director of Project GOALS at Redlands Community College, who nominated her for the award.
“Rebecca and OG&E also contribute each year to help the TANF students in the Redlands Community College GOALS Program with food, supplies and toiletries so students can save money by preparing lunch on campus,” Lamb said. “In addition, they were a Gold Sponsor for the National CTEEC Equity Conference last September and also awarded grants to teachers promoting STEM education in public schools.”
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