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Idabel Nutrition Center

March 24, 2016

Idabel Nutrition Center recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

The center was among five organizations and 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.

Many students in the Moving Into Tomorrow program at Murray State College’s Idabel campus work in internships at Idabel Nutrition Center, said Glenda Crowder, Moving Into Tomorrow coordinator, who nominated the center for the award. The center’s site director, Wilma Davis, works with students to help them overcome their barriers, Crowder said.

“The one barrier that seems consistent with many of our students is being on time and being there every day,” she said. “The Idabel Nutrition Center is a good starting place to help with these barriers. Some of my other partners respond with refusal for students who have a real problem with these barriers, but Wilma is always ready to let them try again.”

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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