From left, Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Manisha Reddy; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha.
March 24, 2016
Manisha Reddy, adult career coach at Rescare Workforce Services, recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
Reddy 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.
Reddy has provided services to students in the Redlands Community College GOALS Program for more than eight years. Many of the students with whom she works have several barriers to success, including poverty, lack of family support and domestic violence issues, said Julie Lamb, GOALS Program director, who nominated Reddy for the award.
“Through her program at Rescare, she provides funding for tuition and books for students who are enrolled in college full time,” Lamb said. “This funding, when available, continues with the student for their entire two-year degree program. Without these supportive services, many single parent students would not be able to complete a degree and improve the quality of life for their children.”
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.