William J. Bradley - Canadian Valley Technology Center
Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; William J. Bradley, Canadian Valley Technology Center; Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno; Ed Lake, DHS; Marva White, OkCTEEC.
April 16, 2015
Canadian Valley Technology Center Assistant Superintendent William J. Bradley recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.
Bradley 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. Recipients of the Outstanding Leadership Award are administrators of an Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education technology center or a community college.
Bradley helps make sure the work prep program at Canadian Valley Tech has the resources it needs to help students succeed, said Susan Weaver, PIVOT coordinator, who nominated him for the award. After the May 31, 2014, tornado that damaged the Canadian Valley Tech campus in El Reno, Bradley contacted PIVOT program leaders to ensure that it would stay open, she added.
“Because of Mr. Bradley’s leadership, encouragement and support of the Canadian Valley PIVOT program, we have former work prep students who are now confident leaders and gainfully employed, with some working towards college degrees,” Weaver 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