From left, Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City; Andy Harrison; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE.
March 24, 2016
Andy Harrison, business development officer at Allegiance Credit Union in Oklahoma City, recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Harrison 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.
Harrison has spoken almost once a month for three years in OSU-OKC’s Project REACH classroom, covering topics such as money management, budgeting, credit reports and spending, said Blake Sullivan, business and computer skills instructor in OSU-OKC’s Project REACH program, who nominated him for the award.
“While all these workshops have proven beneficial to our students, what sticks out most about Andy’s efforts has been his ability to connect and follow up with our students,” Sullivan said. “Many have reported back to me that they have emailed or called Andy, and he has provided outstanding advice to help them resolve their financial concerns long after he conducted his workshop.”
Harrison also hosts workshops at public libraries in the Oklahoma City area and serves as a board member for Project REACH. He also conducted breakout sessions and a question-and-answer presentation at Project REACH’s inaugural Career Summit in summer 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 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.