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Warren Martin

Warren Martin

From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Rep. David Perryman; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Rep. Todd Russ; Warren Martin; Joe Robinson, ODCTE; and Janie Clay, OkCTEEC.

April 25, 2014

Warren Martin, executive director of the Gen. Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

He 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.

Martin is the primary presenter for the Gen. Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum’s Inspired Leadership Experience, which was developed with Cameron University.

“Since June 2012, Warren Martin has impacted close to 3,000 students and adults through the principles inspired by the life and leadership of Gen. Tommy Franks. He communicates with people of all ages and inspires them to discover their leadership potential,” said Becky Trent, a counselor at Western Technology Center’s Sayre campus who nominated Martin for the award.

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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