From left, Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Lynn Cargal, Project Breakthrough; Marcie Mack, ODCTE.
March 24, 2016
Project Breakthrough recently received the Outstanding Business/Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
The behavioral mental health agency 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.
Project Breakthrough has provided counseling services at Moore Norman Technology Center, which has allowed the tech center to provide “just-in-time crisis management and mental health services,” said Becky Wood, HIRE coordinator at MNTC, who nominated the agency for the award. The agency works with students in the HIRE program and also with their children, Wood said.
“Their holistic approach has created a strong, supportive relationship that is improving outcomes for our families,” she said. “Best of all, when I need them, they create an immediate opening to address the needs of our students. This is largely unheard of in the counseling arena.”
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.