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Gayla Lutts

Gayla Lutts

From left, Jim Struby; OKDHS; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Gayla Lutts; Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha.

March 24, 2016

Canadian Valley Technology Center Deputy Assistant Superintendent Gayla Lutts recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Lutts was one of 17 people honored at the 22nd annual Making It Work Day March 23 at the state Capitol. Making It Work Day recognizes individuals and organizations 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.

Lutts has worked for Canadian Valley Tech since 1998 and “has been supportive, accommodating and an excellent administrative leader” who offers support to the Work Prep program that is necessary to the success of students, said Susan Weaver, PIVOT Program coordinator at Canadian Valley Tech, who nominated her for the award.

Because of Mrs. Lutts’ leadership, encouragement and support of our program and students and of the district’s students, we have former students who are now confident leaders, gainfully employed and some working towards college degrees,” Weaver added.

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 women, nontraditional students and at-risk females. This ceremony is put on to honor the tireless work of our amazing students and partners,” said Charlie Weeks, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. He serves as an adviser for OkCTEEC, along with Lisa French of the Department of Human Services and Kathy Quinn-Teague of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“OkCTEEC hosts Making It Work Day as a way to recognize the hardworking students, the administration and instructors who affect those students and community partners and businesses that provide a continuous avenue of support for students and schools in their area. Making It Work Day focuses on those students who encounter greater odds than most students would during their training,” said Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC president and POWER program director at Western Oklahoma State College.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

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