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Richard Palazzo - Tulsa Technology Center

Richard Palazzo - Tulsa Technology Center

Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Richard Palazzo, Tulsa Technology Center; Marva White, OkCTEEC; Ed Lake, DHS.

April 16, 2015

Tulsa Technology Center Alternative Education Director Richard Palazzo recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

Palazzo 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.

Recipients of the Outstanding Leadership Award are administrators of and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education technology center or a community college.

 “Dr. Palazzo has provided the HIRE staff at Tulsa Technology Center with effective leadership training and development, which has led to our staff being equipped to serve our students,” said Jeana Mitchell Cole, HIRE Work Prep program coordinator, who nominated him for the award.

Under his leadership, Tulsa Tech has opened success centers at five of its campuses. In addition, he conducts a three-part personal success planning workshop each month for new students in the HIRE program.

 “This workshop educates and equips the student for short-term and long-term success as they strive and reach both educational and career goals,” Cole said. “He is committed to empowering both staff and students to be successful. With his varied experiences of working with at-risk students, he has freely shared those experiences with our staff as we strive to assist our students with making life-changing decisions.”

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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