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Lesley Jones - Kiamichi Technology Centers

Lesley Jones - Kiamichi Technology Centers

Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Ed Lake, DHS; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Lesley Jones, Kiamichi Technology Centers graduate; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE.

April 16, 2015

Kiamichi Technology Centers graduate Lesley Jones recently received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Jones 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.

Jones graduated from Kiamichi Tech’s TRAIN Program in 2014, completing the emergency medical technician program at night while attending the TRAIN Program during the day. She is now a full-time EMT for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

“Lesley is a very strong young lady who has overcome many personal hardships while attending class, but continued to do very well not only in class but with every aspect of life,” said Faith Hollis, TRAIN Program coordinator, who nominated Jones 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.

“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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