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Central Tech Helps Area Employees Win Awards of Excellence

Central Tech Helps Area Employees Win Awards of Excellence

Taylor Driskell receives the Governor's Disability Employment Awards of Excellence from Vaughn Clark, left, Oklahoma Department of Commerce and Ed Lake, Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Oklahoma City—The Annual Governor's Disability Employment Awards of Excellence held Oct. 29 at the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City, honored individuals and businesses for their achievements in promoting employment for Oklahomans with developmental disabilities. Originally created by former Governor and First Lady George and Donna Nigh 30 years ago, the awards recognize individuals with disabilities with a Governor's commendation for "Outstanding Achievements in Employment."

"We are very proud of our individuals' employment achievements, proud of the businesses who hired them, and community service organizations that provide the employment supports," said JoAnne Goin, director of Developmental Disabilities for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

"Individuals with disabilities make a significant contribution to Oklahoma's economy," Goin continued. "Sixty percent of the adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by DDS are employed. We are so pleased to celebrate their many accomplishments at the Governor's Employment Awards."

Three individuals from the Sapulpa area received awards.

Bixby resident Taylor Driskell took advantage of the work-study program at her high school and began working at the local Chick-fil-A in 2014. With Central Tech's Employment Services help, Driskell was hired permanently with Chick-fil-A after she graduated from high school.

She is a member of the Junior Optimist Club and won the title of Miss Amazing Teen Oklahoma.

Colt Wood, Central Tech
Colt Wood

Sapulpa resident Colt Wood has been a maintenance worker at the Sapulpa Walmart for more than a year. Central Tech's Employment Services office helped him apply to Walmart and continues to assist him with required computer-based learning modules required by his employer.

Mounds resident Miranda Peters works at Glenpool's Glenwood Center and is a certified nursing assistant. Peters graduated from Central Tech's Certified Nurse Aide and Certified Medical Aide classes and with the assistance of Central Tech's Employment services. She began working as a certified nursing assistant at Glenwood Center in Glenpool in 2014.

Miranda Peters, Central Tech
Miranda Peters

After obtaining her CNA, Peters obtained her CMA which allows her to distribute medications and that certification, in turn, increased her pay by two dollars an hour enabling her to live independently. Peters now plans to continue her education and become a licensed practical nurse.

The awards were sponsored by the Office of the Governor; the Oklahoma Department of Human Services; the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Association of People Supporting Employment First.

For more information about Central Tech's Employment Services, visit

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