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Alyssia Bloomer - Metro Technology Centers

Alyssia Bloomer - Metro Technology Centers

Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Rep. George E. Young, D-Oklahoma City; Alyssia Bloomer, Metro Technology Center graduate; Ed Lake, DHS; Marva White, OkCTEEC.

April 16, 2015

Metro Technology Centers graduate Alyssia Bloomer recently received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Bloomer was one of 19 people honored at the 21st annual Making It Work Day April 15 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.

Bloomer studied culinary arts at Metro Tech. She maintained excellent grades and used her customer service skills to help her instructor by greeting all new students in the culinary arts program, said Adolph Pearson, Metro Tech BEST Program job placement specialist, who nominated her for the award. She went over classroom procedures and Metro Tech policies with new students and taught them to access the e-learn program, Pearson said.

Bloomer began a job at Metro Cafe on Metro Tech’s Springlake campus Dec. 1 after completing the culinary arts program, he added.

“Ms. Bloomer has been a valuable student to the BEST program because of her attitude. She sets the example of an outstanding student,” he 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.

“Our work-prep programs offer students the education and technical training they need to rise above challenges resulting from poverty,” said Marva White, OkCTEEC president and TOP program coordinator at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. “Our programs provide the support they need to overcome barriers to their success and find viable employment. These positive outcomes would certainly not be possible without the myriad supportive services from our business and community partners. They generously provide opportunities and resources and encouragement to assure student success.

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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