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Robert Hensley

Robert Hensley

From left, Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City; Robert Hensley; Jim Struby, OKDHS; Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE.

March 24, 2016

Metro Technology Centers aviation maintenance technology instructor Robert Hensley recently received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Hensley 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.

Hensley has worked in aviation much of his life. He was a Navy SEAL, a pilot, a business owner, an airframe and powerplant licensed mechanic and an instructor. In 2012, he was the FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.

“He tries his best to make learning fun,” said Alvin Zitterkob, administrative specialist at Metro Tech’s Aviation Career Campus, who nominated him for the award. “When I am doing tours of future students, I always stop at his class and let them listen to his lecture.

“His passion for aviation is only matched by his passion for teaching the future of aviation mechanics.”

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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