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Virginia Hovda - Oklahoma City Community College

Virginia Hovda - Oklahoma City Community College

Joe Robinson, ODCTE; Virginia Hovda, OCCC Biological Science Center; Ed Lake, DHS; Kathy Quinn-Teague, OSRHE; Marva White, OkCTEEC.

April 16, 2015

Oklahoma City Community College Biological Science Center Director Virginia Hovda recently received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Educators Equity Council.

She 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.

Hovda, who also teaches nutrition and microbiology at OCCC, has been an exemplary supervisor and teacher of nontraditional students for more than 20 years, said Julie Johnson, OCCC Career Transitions Program employment coach, who nominated her for the award.

“Professor Hovda is an excellent listener who quickly comes to know and care about every student; she is fair and consistent in her administration of both positive feedback and correction,” Johnson said. “She is always organized and prepared and expects her students and employees to be as well. She embodies ethics and truly cares about her student and employees as human beings who must overcome challenges daily.”

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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