Four Tribes Consortium of Oklahoma
From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Jeff Foster, Four Tribes Consortium; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Marcie Mack, ODCTE.
March 24, 2016
Four Tribes Consortium of Oklahoma recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
The agency was among five organizations and 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.
“The objective of the Four Tribes Consortium of Oklahoma is to execute a comprehensive services plan that will serve members of the Four Tribes and other Native Americans residing within the Caddo County area who are economically disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed with employment and training opportunities,” said Ronda Weaver, Work Prep coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, who nominated the agency for the award.
Four Tribes offers work-based learning opportunities for Caddo Kiowa students and suggests potential employers for students also, Weaver said, and Director Jeff Foster and other workers also offer job retention workshops for students.
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.