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Oklahomans Honored For ‘Making It Work’

Oklahomans Honored For ‘Making It Work’

With her family and state officials is recipient Holly Clark: Alexis Montalvo; Weslieh Montalvo; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Chris Pruitt; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Cody Pruitt; Clark; Ed Lake, DHS; and Tyler Pruitt.

April 16, 2015

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 19 Oklahomans and three Oklahoma businesses and community organizations at the 21st annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on April 15.

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.

To see more about the individuals who received awards this year visit Making It Work Day 2015.

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. OkCTEEC members know that these individuals are economically vulnerable and/or face many obstacles to their training and employment,” 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.

“Persistently lower wages diminish our students’ capacity to increase their economic security. 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.”

Making It Work Day gives state legislators and CareerTech partner agencies “the opportunity to recognize business and industry partners, community-based organizations and educators for their support of this special population,” Hargrave said. “It also allows successful students to be honored for their extraordinary efforts.”

OkCTEEC’s purposes include promoting and supporting career and technology education, increasing its effectiveness, promoting research in the field and in educational equity, developing leadership and advocating for equity and diversity.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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