From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Sandy Callins, Goodwill Industries Store, Altus; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE.
March 24, 2016
Goodwill Industries recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Goodwill Industries 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.
Sandy Callins, manager of the Goodwill Industries Store in Altus, has hosted several work-based training students from the POWER Program in the last five years and has give one student a job after the student completed the work-based training and a four-week trial period, said Leslie Brown, POWER Program director at Western Oklahoma State College, who nominated Goodwill Industries for the award.
“She readily invites them in, teaches them time management, task completion and how to be a part of a team. Sandy is very good about helping the students to learn new skills, fine-tune old skills and be a better employee,” Brown 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 Brown, who is also OkCTEEC president.