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Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service

Marcie Mack, ODCTE; Angela Barnes, OSU-OKC; Lisa Hamblin, OCES; Blake Sullivan, OSU-OKC; Kermit McMurry, OSRHE.

March 31, 2017

The Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service recently received the Outstanding Community/Agency Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

The office of the Oklahoma County Extension Service was one of seven businesses and nonprofit organizations and 15 people honored at the 23rd annual Making It Work Day March 29 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.

Lisa Hamblin, a family and consumer sciences extension educator in the OCES office in Oklahoma County, has been a guest speaker for 20 years for Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s Project REACH classroom and has conducted workshops on preventing child misbehavior, parenting styles, discipline, self-esteen and helping children cope with stress, said Blake Sullivan, business and computer skills instructor with Project REACH, who nominated her for the award.

“While all these workshops have proven beneficial to our single-parent students and their families, what sticks out most about Lisa’s efforts has been her ability to connect with our students. Many have come back from workshops in tears because of the sensitive nature of the lessons,” Sullivan said.

Hamblin has also hosted a Co-Parenting Through Divorce workshop on OSU-OKC’s campus and serves as a board member for Project REACH, Sullivan said.

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. The Making It Work Day award ceremony is held to honor the tireless work of these amazing students, programs and community and business 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 Gina McPherson of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

“Making It Work Day at the Capitol focuses on those people in our communities across this state who have gone above and beyond to improve their lives and the lives of others: students who have overcome great barriers to success, instructors who give extra support, administrators who prove what good leadership can do, businesses and community partners who offer a second or even third chance for others to get on their feet,” said Leslie Brown, OkCTEEC president and POWER program director at Western Oklahoma State College.

“That is what we recognize at Making It Work Day at the Capitol. It is their chance to shine and OkCTEEC’s chance to let our state leaders see the faces of those who are truly working hard in our state. Legislators throughout Oklahoma get to meet those who have made a difference in Oklahoma. We at OkCTEEC are honored to be able to have this day of recognition for those who are so deserving.”

OkCTEEC’s purposes include promoting and supporting career and technology education, increasing its effectiveness, promoting research in the field and in educational equity, developing leadership and advocating for equity and diversity.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit www.cteec.org/. For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit www.okcareertech.org.

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