From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Jennifer Wilcox; Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon.
March 24, 2016
Canadian Valley Technology Center graduate Jennifer Wilcox recently received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Wilcox 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.
Wilcox studied licensed practical nursing at Canadian Valley Tech, where she was named Student of the Quarter in the LPN class and received two scholarships, the Manpower Scholarship and the Executive Women International’s Oklahoma Scholarship. She became a licensed practical nurse in 2015.
“Ms. Wilcox faced many obstacles to get to where she needed and wanted to be, a nurse,” said Cecila Harroald, Canadian Valley PIVOT instructor, who nominated Wilcox for the award. “She overcame trauma, relocation, legal issues and waiting lists to get into classes, while reaching her goal one day at a time. Her demeanor never faded, her determination never wavered, and the light at the end of the tunnel she always kept in sight.”
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.