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Oklahoma's CareerTech System Honors Outstanding Oklahomans

The late Gov. Henry Bellmon, Jim E. Hamilton, Earl Cowan, and Vince Orza are inducted into the Oklahoma CareerTech Education Hall of Fame.

Four Oklahomans will be inducted into the 2011 Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Hall of Fame Nov. 7 at banquet in the Oklahoma State University Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center, Stillwater.

This year’s inductees are the late Gov. Henry Bellmon, Billings; Jim E. Hamilton, Rogers, Ark.; Earl Cowan, Bethany; and Vince Orza, Edmond.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Career and Technology Education, the CareerTech Hall of Fame now includes 65 Oklahomans since its inception in 1990.

“Each inductee has played a vital role in making the Oklahoma CareerTech system what it is today,” said Phil Berkenbile, director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “This is the highest honor bestowed by the CareerTech Foundation and recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements that have brought honor and distinction to the Foundation and to CareerTech education in Oklahoma.”

Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.

This year's recipients include a former governor (posthumously); a CareerTech superintendent; a television president/entrepreneur and former high school and university business and marketing educator; and a former statesman who established CareerTech training for inmates. All care deeply about educational opportunities in Oklahoma and have worked hard to make a difference.

Tickets for the reception and banquet are $45 each. Please contact Lisa Eden, 405-743-5453, for more information and to make a reservation for the event. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 28.

Earl Cowan

Henry Bellmon
Earl Cowan Gov. Henry Bellmon
Jim Hamilton Vince Orza
Jim Hamilton Vince Orza


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