From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Jami Maggard; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE.
March 24, 2016
Chisholm Trail Technology Center graduate Jami Maggard recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Maggard 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.
Maggard studied health careers certification at Chisholm Trail Technology Center. She earned certification as a long-term care aide and also has a certificate of completion in phlebotomy.
“Ms. Maggard went from a lack of security in patient care to a confident caregiver and has received numerous accolades from the director of the assisted living center where she is employed,” said Helen Naifeh, Program LIFE coordinator at Chisholm Trail, who nominated her for the award. “In continued contact with Ms. Maggard, she talks openly about how much she enjoys the work she does and the satisfaction she gets from helping others.”
Maggard wants to advance in her career and continue her education as a licensed practical nurse or medical laboratory technician, Naifeh said.
“The connection between education and advancement in a field she enjoys has come on, and I have no doubt Ms. Maggard will continue to move ahead professionally. This is not only good for her in meeting the needs of her family and having a sense of professional satisfaction, she is also setting a wonderful example for her children,” Naifeh 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 Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC president and POWER program director at Western Oklahoma State College.