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Patricia Lowrey

Patricia Lowrey

From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Rep. Charlie Joyner; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Patricia Lowrey; Janie Clay, OkCTEEC; and Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE.

April 25, 2014

Patricia Lowrey, EmPower Program training and development specialist at Rose State College, recently received the OkCTEEC Outstanding Member Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Lowrey 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.

In Rose State’s EmPower Program, Lowrey has been a secretary, job coach and career specialist in addition to her current position. In OkCTEEC, she has served on the Making It Work Day at the Capitol committee as the legislative liaison, a position requiring her to make contact by phone and email and in person with legislators and legislative staff, said Ronda Weaver, Work Prep coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, who nominated Lowrey for the award.

“Ms. Lowrey has the task of checking the master list for accuracy, specifically for purposes of requesting citations and any relative legislative correspondence. Her scrutiny assists everyone else in their roles, from plaques to printed materials,” Weaver said.

Also, in August 2013, Lowrey volunteered to be the regional representative for the OkCTEEC Northwest Region, Weaver 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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