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Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore

From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Sen. Constance Johnson; Nicole Moore; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Janie Clay, OkCTEEC; and Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE.

April 25, 2014

Francis Tuttle Technology Center graduate Nicole Moore recently received the Outstanding Student/Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Moore was one of 25 people honored at the 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.

Moore completed the human resources program at Francis Tuttle with the goal of becoming a human resources manager. When she began the program, she had recently moved to Oklahoma as a single parent of three children and was pregnant with her fourth child, said Marva White, Francis Tuttle TOP Program coordinator, who nominated Moore for the award.

Three months into the program, Moore took six weeks of leave for her baby’s birth, White said, and when she returned she took a part-time internship with Putnam City Schools. Two weeks after her internship started, the school district offered Moore a job, White said.

“As a result of training attained in the HR program, her proficiency and strong work ethic, Nicole was offered full-time employment with HR responsibilities,” White said. “She is well on the way to realizing her goal of becoming a human resources manager.”

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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