From left, Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Marcie Mack, ODCTE.
March 24, 2016
Moore Norman Technology Center graduate Christina Byler recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Byler 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.
At MNTC, Byler studied computer aided drafting and design, which she first learned about at the technology center, said Becky Wood, HIRE coordinator at MNTC, who nominated her for the award. In Byler’s second semester, Wood said, her instructor told her about a draftsman job with a company that designs bridges for the Federal Highway Administration.
“Her fears surfaced but, much to her amazement, the instructor said they were aware of her past and were still interested in talking to her,” Wood said. “She interviewed and was offered the position with a salary package 25 times what she was making on TANF.”
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.