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Max Thomas

Max Thomas

From left, Jim Struby, OKDHS; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Sen. A.J. Griffin, R-Guthrie; Max Thomas; Marcie Mack, ODCTE.

March 24, 2016

Chisholm Trail Technology Center Superintendent Max Thomas recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Thomas 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.

In his position as superintendent, Thomas encourages growth in everyone around him, while also promoting progress, streamlining and calm, said Helen Naifeh, Program LIFE coordinator at Chisholm Trail, who nominated him for the award. Thomas supports student and instructor success in the classroom, but also supports interaction with the communities Chisholm Trial serves, she said.

“He encourages involvement of staff in our communities by leading the way through volunteerism,” she said. “This not only reminds our communities of the presence of CTTC, it also opens doors for community partnerships and creates opportunities for employment of our graduates.”

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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