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Danny King earns Oklahoma CareerTech’s prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Danny King earns Oklahoma CareerTech’s prestigious Arch Alexander Award

From left: Marcie Mack, Derek Houston, Danny King, Skye McNiel

August 8, 2018

Danny King, campus director of the Portland campus of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, received the prestigious Arch Alexander Award of Excellence during the 51st annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

The conference was held Aug. 1-2 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It attracts some 3,700 CareerTech educators from across the state and is one of the largest professional development educator conferences in the state. OkACTE is the professional organization for the state's CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members.

The Arch Alexander Award was created by the University of Oklahoma Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in honor of the late Arch Alexander, a longtime deputy director of the state CareerTech agency and the right-hand man to Francis Tuttle, the architect of what is now known as the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

The prestigious award is given each year by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education and the University of Oklahoma to a person who has demonstrated the qualities Alexander showed in his work in the CareerTech System. It was presented by Juanita Vargas of the OU College of Education and Skye McNiel, OKACTE executive director. 

The award was presented to King for his outstanding contributions in the innovation and promotion of career and technology education in Oklahoma. He has been at Francis Tuttle Tech since the school opened in 1982, serving as carpentry instructor, student organization adviser, counselor and administrator.

He helped develop Oklahoma CareerTech’s first pre-engineering academy, and he was the first technology center instructor to become an Advancement Placement coordinator so technology students would have access to AP exams.

“The Arch Alexander Award recognizes CareerTech educators who have made significant contributions to Oklahoma’s CareerTech System,” said McNiel. “These progressive leaders in program and curriculum development advance technology in education.”

For more information about the Oklahoma CareerTech System, visit

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