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Oklahomans honored for ‘Making It Work’

The Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council honored 21 Oklahomans at the 25th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 28.

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.

Individuals were recognized on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and presentations were made at a luncheon at the Oklahoma History Center.

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 is so very proud and honored to host the Making It Work Day award ceremony and also very excited that Oklahoma’s Legislature has the opportunity to recognize those students who were nominated for outstanding achievement. This day is about recognizing not only outstanding students, but also business and community partners, instructors, OkCTEEC members and outstanding leadership. The students have incredible stories to share about overcoming barriers, but without all the partners, sometimes the barriers may not be overcome. This day is a day of celebration for all those who have vested their time and energy into seeing students succeed and rise to the occasion,” 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.

“OkCTEEC Making It Work Day at the Capitol is about making connections, reaching out to the community and recognizing our students who have pushed through many obstacles to make completion and employment goals a reality. It is a day to celebrate our administrators and instructors who focus on making it accessible for programs involved in the process,” said Angela Barnes, OkCTEEC president and coordinator of the Student Success and Opportunity Center at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. “OKCTEEC Making It Work Day is a day to tip our hats off to our business partners for providing their valuable services and supporting our vision and purpose. 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. I can’t emphasize it more. We are dedicated to 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

2019 Award Winners


  • Glenda Todd, Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester, Outstanding Student/Graduate
  • Jillian Marie DeJoseph, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Breaking Traditions - Outstanding Non-Traditional Student
  • Beckey Vick, Marshall County Department of Human Services, Outstanding Community/Agency Partner
  • Donna Hicks and Steven Remshardt, Good Deal Thrift Store, Durant, Outstanding Business/Industry Partner
  • Lois Welch, Kiamichi Technology Centers, Outstanding Leadership
  • Ashley McLarry, Kiamichi Technology Centers-Durant, Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students


  • Tanganiya Tuttle, Western Oklahoma State College, Outstanding Student/Graduate
  • Synthea Tofpi, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center, Breaking Traditions - Outstanding Non-Traditional Student
  • Terri Pearson, Upward Bound, Altus, Outstanding Community/Agency Partner
  • Chastity Skelton, Plantation Village Nursing Home, Altus, Outstanding Business/Industry Partner
  • Ronnie Bogle, Canadian Valley Technology Center-Chickasha, Outstanding Leadership


  • Brandy Hunter, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Outstanding Student/Graduate
  • Nedra August, Metro Technology Centers, Breaking Traditions - Outstanding Non-Traditional Student
  • Carolyn Husmann, Intervention and Crisis Advocacy Network, El Reno, Outstanding Community/Agency Partner
  • Terri Womack, Upward Transitions, Oklahoma City, Outstanding Business/Industry Partner
  • Travis Smith, Metro Technology Centers, Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students


  • Rachel Grubbs, Mid-Del Technology Center, Outstanding Student/Graduate
  • Jason Krohn, TheBOD Church, Roland, Outstanding Community/Agency Partner
  • Larry Fulbright, The Wolf at Tenkiller, Vian, Outstanding Business/Industry Partner

Statewide Award

  • Jeana Cole, Tulsa Technology Center, Outstanding OkCTEEC Member
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