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LaWauna S. Brown

April 25, 2014

Metro Technology Centers graduate LaWauna S. Brown recently received the Career and Technical Educators Equity Council’s Breaking Traditions Student Achievement Award.

Brown was one of 25 people honored at the Oklahoma CTEEC’s 20th annual Making It Work Day April 24 at the state Capitol. 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. The ceremony also recognized nontraditional students and members who received national honors for their efforts.

The Breaking Tradition Student Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated distinguished achievement or performance that had national impact on changing public attitude regarding gender equity or stereotyping.

Brown entered the aviation maintenance program at Metro Tech after taking in two nieces, along with an 18-month-old boy, said Lisa Brown, retention coach at Oklahoma City Community College, who nominated her for the award. Both situations were supposed to be temporary, but became permanent, Lisa Brown said.

LaWauna Brown spent three years “dedicating herself to her studies,” said Lisa Brown, and now is an electrical aircraft mechanic at Tinker Air Force Base. She has received her certification and airframe and power plant license from the Federal Aviation Administration and will soon receive her certificate of mastery from OCCC, Lisa Brown said.

OkCTEEC is affiliated with the administrative division of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. The council advocates for students pursuing nontraditional careers and for resources for educating single parents.

“The mission of OkCTEEC is to serve as a unifying council for all personnel serving displaced homemakers, single parents, teen parents, single pregnant teens and women, nontraditional students and at-risk females,” said Lou Ann Hargrave, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. She serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Sandy Elledge of the Department of Human Services and Kathy Quinn-Teague of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“State and federal programs often cannot remove all the obstacles facing those living in poverty,” said Janie Clay, OkCTEEC president and coordinator of the Allied Jobs Program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. “Therefore, a strong community partnership is imperative among agencies, businesses and industries as the participants transition from education and training to employment and self-sufficiency. We rely heavily on our partners to provide learning opportunities outside the classroom.”

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

Laura Wilson, Writer/Editor

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