Gary Don and Sheila Cullum
March 24, 2016
Gary Don and Sheila Cullum, owners of Hanson Mountain Rock Quarry, recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
The Cullums were among 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 Cullums have worked with Carl Albert State College’s Power 1 Program, offering internships for students, for two and a half years, said Ashley Watts, Power 1 program specialist at Carl Albert’s Sallisaw campus, who nominated them for the award.
“Their kindness and hard work set a wonderful example of successful entrepreneurship for our students to model as well as the good will that they convey to their fellow businesses in the community,” she said. “The manner in which they train the students is top-notch. They strive to provide a safe, learning-based and consistent environment for the Power 1 students to intern.”
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.