Dale Lewis receives Outstanding Training Project of the Year award
The Post-secondary Adult Career Education organization is a group of Career and Technology professionals who serve business and industry. At this year’s PACE annual conference, the organization recognized several members across the state for significant contributions to business and industry services. Among the winners was Dale Lewis, the Industrial and Truck Driver Training Coordinator at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. The staff at CKTC nominated Lewis was for the Outstanding Training Project of the Year award, and out 11 nominees his training project won the distinguished honor.
The Outstanding Training Project of the Year recognizes an outstanding, industry-specific training activity by an individual or collaborative team. Lewis coordinates the renowned fast-paced and demanding truck driver training program at CKTC. In recent years, the program has seen tremendous growth, warranting expansion to two additional locations.
The overwhelming need for qualified truck drivers across the nation is well documented. In fact, a report from the American Trucking Association says more than 70 percent of goods consumed in the U.S. is moved by truck, but the industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. As this need for qualified drivers has increased, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center located in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma, formed a partnership with two other tech centers. CKTC collaborated with Western Technology Center in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, and Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton, Oklahoma, to meet the mounting needs of the transportation industry in the areas served by these centers. This partnership extends the training possibilities from a 1953 square mile service area to 5637 square miles.
What’s more, strong partnerships have been formed with several companies to provide truck driver training to current employees. The course has been customized to meet individual company needs in many cases.
“Werner Enterprises is extremely proud to put the safest and most productive drivers on the road year after year. Moreover, we wouldn’t be able to do that without [Dale’s] help,” stated Jim Morbach, Werner Enterprises.
Dale Lewis lives with his family in Anadarko and has worked at CKTC for 30 years.For almost 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.
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