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Mike Hall

Mike Hall

From left, Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC; Mike Hall; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE; Jim Struby, OKDHS.

March 24, 2016

Southwest Technology Center instructor Mike Hall recently received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Hall 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.

Hall teaches aviation mechanics at Southwest Tech. His program has had a number of female students since 2013, and he has worked hard to ensure they have been able to complete the program, said Karen Bertrand, employment services adviser with the POWER Program at Southwest Tech, who nominated him for the award.

“Mr. Hall has stayed late, come in early and carved out time to tutor students who were having trouble,” she said. His assistance to his entire class is exceptional, but the level of concern he gives to students who don’t necessarily have an easy way to get through school makes Mr. Hall stand out above the rest.”

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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