Greg Winters Receives Oklahoma CareerTech’s Top Award
Greg Winters (left) received the Francis Tuttle award from Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle.
Greg Winters, superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center, received Oklahoma CareerTech's most prestigious award during the 47th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.
Winters received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award given by Oklahoma ACTE. State CareerTech Director Robert Sommers and Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle, presented the award.
The conference was Aug. 4-5 at the Tulsa Cox Convention Center. It attracts some 3,500 CareerTech educators from across the state and is one of the largest professional development educator conferences in the state. OkACTE is the professional organization for the state's CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members.
The Francis Tuttle Career Excellence 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.
Winters is completing his 39th year as an Oklahoma educator. He has served as superintendent at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center in Choctaw and at Kiamichi Technology Center and in July 2008, was named to his current position at Canadian Valley. In addition to his work in career and technology education, Winters has served in various roles in common and higher education, including teacher, coach, adjunct professor, principal, and assistant superintendent.
On May 31, 2013, all nine buildings of Canadian Valley’s El Reno campus were destroyed by the largest tornado on record. Winters’ leadership and tenacity was instrumental in the successful relocation in 75 days of 19 programs, 130 employees and all of the supporting functions necessary to run a technology center campus. His leadership continues through the design and construction phase of the rebuilding of the El Reno campus.
Through his career, Winters has served on numerous boards and commissions. He served 26 years on the board of directors for the National Technical Honor Society, serving as the president for two years. He serves as a board member for the Canadian County United Way, Oklahoma Teacher Retirement, Federal Correction Institute and Integris Canadian Valley Hospital and is treasurer of the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition. In 1992, he was elected to serve as the president of what is now the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Association.
For more information about the Francis Tuttle Award and Oklahoma's CareerTech System, visit www.okcareertech.org.