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Roy Peters Receives CareerTech’s Highest Honor

Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance Executive Director Roy Peters Jr. recently received Oklahoma CareerTech’s top award Aug. 4 during the 42nd Annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

Peters is the 2009 recipient of the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award given by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. Chance Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle, and Phil Berkenbile, director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, presented the award to Peters.

Oklahoma ACTE is the professional organization for the state's CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members.

The Francis Tuttle Award was established in 1985 in honor of Francis Tuttle, former state director of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education and “architect” of what is now called the CareerTech system. The award recognizes individuals whose careers exemplify Tuttle’s dedication to the development of people through career and technology education.

Peters has been connected with CareerTech education in Oklahoma and the nation for the better part of five decades starting at Alex High School when he served as national president of the Future Business Leaders of America.Peters Roy hr

He began his career in the late 1960s as a business teacher at U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City. Several years later, he began working as an adult and industry trainer in Oklahoma City, becoming one of the CareerTech system’s first business marketing trainers.

In the early 1970s, Peters worked as an instructional designer and assistant superintendent of Moore Norman Technology Center. He was instrumental in the development and utilization of a new competency-based instructional model that eventually led to self-paced instruction.

During the 1980s, Peters was named superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center. He was later named associate state director of the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech (then called Vo-Tech) by Francis Tuttle prior to becoming state director upon Tuttle’s retirement in 1986.

“Under Roy’s leadership, the system grew,” said CareerTech Director Phil Berkenbile. “Total enrollments in the state doubled from 240,000 in 1986 to 481,000 during his tenure which ended in 1999.”

Peters has served as state president of Oklahoma ACTE and was a national leader in Career and Technical Education, working not only in ACTE circles but as a pivotal leader in the efforts of the National Association of the State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium, serving as president. In 1999, Peters was named the nation’s Outstanding Educator by ACTE.

In February 1999 Peters left the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education to become executive director of Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

“Roy continues to work with CareerTech as the Manufacturing Alliance works hand-in-hand with Oklahoma’s technology centers, impacting Oklahoma’s economic development through new training programs, and the development and implementation of new and improved manufacturing techniques,” Berkenbile said.

Written by: Ann Houston

Publish Date: August 26, 2009

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