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Oklahomans Work Together, ‘Making it Work’

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council honored 25 Oklahomans at the 19th Annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on April 10.
Oklahomans Work Together, ‘Making it Work’

Michelle Jackson, coordinator for Project Hire at Tulsa Technology Center, received the National CTEEC Outstanding Member Award from Rep. Ken Walker, left, and Oklahoma Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake

Those being recognized include students from community colleges and technology centers, educators and businesses and community partners.

“Making It Work Day” recognizes individuals who are committed to removing barriers to success for single parent families by providing educational experiences for students beyond the classroom. Special recognition is also given to non-traditional students and members 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 advocates for students pursuing non-traditional careers and the use of resources for the education of single parents.

OKCTEEC also creates linkages between students, educators, community partners, and business/industry leaders.

“Students were recognized for their successful efforts to obtain education, training and employment amid the struggles faced by striving to rise above poverty and overcoming biases,” said Lou Ann Hargrave. Hargrave is the OKCTEEC advisor and CareerTech state coordinator for Work Prep.

“These students are learning methods to independently continue their education while working to further improve the lives of their families,” Hargrave said.

Educators and professional partners also play an important role in “making it work.”

“It’s vitally important that a strong partnership is maintained between programs, agencies, businesses and industries as our participants pursue educational training and gain employment,” said Ronda Weaver, president of OKCTEEC. Weaver is program coordinator and counselor at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. “We rely heavily on our partners to provide exceptional 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


Links to photographs taken during the April 10, 2013 Making It Work Day at the Capitol


Ann Houston
Communications and Marketing
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

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