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Adolph Pearson III

Adolph Pearson III

From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Adolph Pearson III; Marcie Mack, ODCTE.

March 24, 2016

Adolph Pearson III of Metro Technology Centers recently received the Outstanding Member Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Pearson was one of 17 people honored at the 22nd annual Making It Work Day March 23 at the state Capitol. Making It Work Day recognizes individuals and organizations 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.

Pearson is a job placement specialist with Metro Tech’s Basic Education Skills Training program. He teaches, plans, prepares and organizes material for presentation to students in addition to helping students personally with their needs, said Betty Asrat of Metro Tech, who nominated him for the award.

Pearson helped one student get appropriate clothes from the clothing closet and then paid for the student’s identification card at the Department of Transportation so the student could be placed in a shelter, Asrat said.

“This is one of the many ways Mr. Pearson has helped the students,” she 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 women, nontraditional students and at-risk females. This ceremony is put on to honor the tireless work of our amazing students and partners,” said Charlie Weeks, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. He serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Lisa French of the Department of Human Services and Kathy Quinn-Teague of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“OkCTEEC hosts Making It Work Day as a way to recognize the hardworking students, the administration and instructors who affect those students and community partners and businesses that provide a continuous avenue of support for students and schools in their area. Making It Work Day focuses on those students who encounter greater odds than most students would during their training,” said Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC president and POWER program director at Western Oklahoma State College.

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.

Cutline: Adolph Pearson III of Metro Technology Centers recently received the Outstanding Member Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council. Pictured are, from left, Jim Struby, Oklahoma Department of Human Services director of adult and family services; Kermit McMurry, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education vice chancellor for student affairs; Pearson; and Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education state director.

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