March 24, 2016
Mid-Del Technology Center graduate Londell Hicks recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Hicks 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.
Hicks entered Mid-Del Tech’s Elite Program in 2014 after returning to the United States with his wife and two young children from Japan, where he had lived and worked for 20 years. He wanted to update his skills and earn current certifications to become employable in the United States so he began the computer networking career major, said Louise Tracey, Elite Program coordinator, who nominated him for the award.
Although he wasn’t able to attend full time for the first few months, Hicks still completed nine months of coursework in five months, while also earning honors and achieving several certifications, Tracey said. He works at Century Martial Arts in Midwest City, attends Rose State College and plans to earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity, she added.
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.