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Oklahomans “Making It Work” Honored at Capitol

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 17 students, educators, businesses and community partners at the 9th Annual “Making It Work Day at the Capitol.”  The event was held at the Oklahoma State Capitol Blue Room on April 8.

“Making It Work Day” recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for families in poverty by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. Special recognition awards are given to people who received acknowledgment for their efforts on a national level.

OKCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council promotes communication and the use of resources for the education of disadvantaged students. OKCTEEC also creates linkages between students, educators and business/industry leaders.

“Students will be recognized for their successful efforts to obtain education, training and employment amid the struggles faced by striving to rise above poverty,” said Ronda Weaver, ADVANCE coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center.

“These students are learning methods to independently continue their education while working to further improve the lives of their families,” said Lou Ann Hargrave, OKCTEEC adviser and CareerTech’s state coordinator for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

Educators and professional partners also play an important role in “Making it Work.”

“State and federal programs often cannot remove all the obstacles facing those living in poverty,” said Pam Emmons, president of OKCTEEC at Rose State College. “A strong community partnership is a vital link in the employment chain from education and training to self-sufficiency. We rely heavily on our community partners to provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom.”

The purposes of OKCTEEC are to increase effectiveness of education, promote research and strategies in education and educational equity, develop leadership, and provide advocacy for equity and diversity.

“By contributing to the professional development of students in poverty, we are able to improve the economic outlook for the future,” Hargrave said.

For more information about OKCTEEC, call Lou Ann Hargrave at 405-743-5128 or visit For more information about CareerTech agencies, visit

Written by: Katie Gruntmeir

Publish Date: April 13, 2009

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