Freie and McCool receive OKPACE awards in diversity and outstanding ambassador

Shawn Freie was named OKPACE Ambassador of the Year, and Laci McCool was awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Two of Caddo Kiowa Tech Center’s staff were recently recognized for prestigious Oklahoma PACE honors at the ACTE Region IV/PACE Conference in Oklahoma City.

OKPACE is an organization that fosters and promotes connections among members of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education whose interest is in providing training and services to adults and business and industry.

CKTC’s Laci McCool, Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator, was recently awarded the OKPACE Diversity and Inclusion Award. This award recognizes those individuals in the PACE division who promote diversity in their program. McCool has been proactive in developing a strong and viable relationship and training program for the Apache Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program. A basis that she hopes to continue to expand throughout the district.

Moreover, Shawn Freie, Small Business Management Coordinator, was awarded the OKPACE Ambassador of the Year Award at the conference. This award recognizes an individual who has been an outstanding member in the Oklahoma PACE division. They must have five or more consecutive years as a PACE member and be actively involved in the division.

Additionally, Freie is currently serving as the OKPACE president. The last time a staff member from CKTC held this respected title was Kem Crowell in 2004.

Both Freie and McCool will move on to the National level, where the winners will be announced at the National ACTE VISION Conference in December.

For over half a century, CKTC has provided career training, business and industry services and leadership programs to a rural district in southwest Oklahoma. Opportunities at CKTC range from business and health to science and transportation trades. Additionally, CKTC offers customized workplace training and short-term training. More information about CKTC is available online at www.mycktc.com or by calling 405.643.5511. CKTC is a proud member of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, which provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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