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Poteau Daily News - Carl Albert State College

Poteau Daily News - Carl Albert State College

Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Kim Ross and Cheryl Thornburg, Poteau Daily News; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Ed Lake, DHS.

April 16, 2015

Poteau Daily News recently received the Outstanding Business Industry/Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

The newspaper was among three organizations and 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.

Poteau Daily News has been a partner of the Carl Albert State College Power 1 program for many years, hiring students as interns, said Ramona Smith, Power 1 program director, who nominated the newspaper for the award.

“The management and staff work with the Power 1 students to help them master the task at hand and work toward the goal of employment in their career path,” Smith said. “Once a student has decided that they would like to pursue a career in the newspaper business, the internship site will help us identify additional training/classes needed in order to increase the possibility of employment.”

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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