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Staci Repp

Staci Repp
Staci Repp of Caddo Kiowa Technology Center recently received the Outstanding Leadership 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; Repp; Patrick Klein, Oklahoma Department of Human Services chief officer and division director of adult and family services; and Tony Hancock, CKTC superintendent.
Staci Repp of Caddo Kiowa Technology Center recently received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Repp 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.

As director of student services, Repp supervises adult basic education and the ADVANCE/Work Prep program at CKTC. She is an advocate for CKTC students, identifying resources and helping with student placement in programs, said Ronda Weaver, Work Prep coordinator, who nominated her for the award.

Repp began her career at CKTC as an administrative assistant in maintenance, then moved into clerical work in student services. When CKTC assumed the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Literacy Program, Weaver said, “Staci seemed a natural for the instructional position.”

She also assumed the ASCOG Youth (WIA) program before moving into recruitment, where she revamped the sophomore recruitment effort and developed a hands-on career exploration field trip for sixth-grade students in CKTC partner schools, Weaver said.

“Staci has a heart for students who choose Caddo Kiowa as a pathway to a successful career,” Weaver 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.

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

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