Terri Grusendorf - Metro Technology Centers
Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Ed Lake, DHS; Terri Grusendorf, Metro Technology Centers; Marva White, OkCTEEC.
April 16, 2015
Terri Grusendorf of Metro Technology Centers recently received the Outstanding OkCTEEC Member Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
She 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.
Grusendorf is the Basic Education, Skills and Training Program coordinator at Metro Tech and serves as treasurer for the National CTEEC committee. She sets an example by participating in classrooms and visiting students at home to determine their progress, said Adolph Pearson, BEST Program job placement specialist, who nominated her for the award.
When a student entered the BEST Program with no career idea, he said, Grusendorf suggested the student enter a short-term computer programs class.
“Because of this newly gained skill, the student was able to find employment for $15 per hour,” Pearson 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