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Shamekka Jackson

Shamekka Jackson
Shamekka Jackson, a graduate of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, recently received the Breaking Traditions Student Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council. Pictured are, from left, Marcie Mack, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education executive director; Kermit McMurry, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education vice chancellor for student affairs; Jackson; Tom Friedemann, Francis Tuttle Tech superintendent; and Patrick Klein, Oklahoma Department of Human Services chief officer and division director of adult and family services.
Shamekka Jackson, a graduate of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, recently received the Breaking Traditions Student Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Jackson was one of 15 Oklahomans and eight Oklahoma businesses and nonprofit organizations honored at the 24th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 29. Making It Work Day recognizes individuals 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 and members who received national honors for their efforts.

Nine students were recognized from the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and award presentations to individuals, businesses and organizations were made at a luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.

A breast cancer survivor and mother of one, Shamekka Jackson entered Francis Tuttle Tech’s TOP Program in September 2015, said Marva White, TOP Program coordinator, who nominated her for the award. Jackson had worked in customer service jobs and selected administrative office training, White said, but talked about working in a warehouse, so TOP staffers encouraged her to consider a nontraditional field.

After a tour of a training facility and visits with instructors, Jackson entered the instrumentation and process control technician program in advanced manufacturing, White said. In addition to completing her training, she was a member of the International Society of Automation student organization and served as parliamentarian for 1.5 years.

During her final month of training, Jackson landed a part-time job at Blastrac, a surface preparation equipment company for asphalt roads and runways. She now works at Cameron Co., a division of Schlumberger that provides flow control equipment and services for oil drilling rig systems.

“Shamekka is greatly motivated by the work and the pay and future opportunities,” White said. “She made the transition from being supported by the state to being a self-sustaining member of our community. We are very proud of her.”

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.

“OkCTEEC believes in the phrase, “It takes a village,” and wants to recognize all those who have helped nontraditional students find success. OkCTEEC serves as a unifying council for all personnel serving displaced homemakers, single parents and pregnant women, nontraditional students, at-risk students, teen parents and pregnant teens. The Making It Work Day award ceremony is an event that recognizes and honors all the dedicated and hardworking students, programs and community or business partners that have worked so hard throughout the year to see students’ dreams come to fruition,” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

She 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 is an opportunity to recognize the success of outstanding students from colleges and career technology centers who contribute to making it work in Oklahoma, as well as those administrators, instructors and community partners who have worked to expand opportunities and improve outcomes through their dedicated and invaluable services,” said Angela Barnes, OkCTEEC president and coordinator of the REACH and REACH4Work program at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. “It is a great day to let our state leaders, legislators and Oklahomans see the faces of those who go over and beyond at making a difference in our state.

“Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council is an organization devoted to equity in education and employment for disadvantaged groups. It is about providing real-life experiences for our students, developing leaders and maintaining relationships within communities.”

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 For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

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