In its 75-year history, the CareerTech System has had thousands of dedicated and committed supporters. Few, however, exceed the contributions of Don Ramsey.
Ramsey, owner of Blue and Gold Sausage Co., has donated hundreds of hours of service and thousands of dollars in financial support to advance the cause of career and technology education.
The 20-year veteran vocational agriculture teacher left education in 1972 to establish the fledgling Blue and Gold Sausage Co., a business he describes as “meat manufacturing.” He has since built the business into national prominence.
Ramsey has served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation for many years, serving as the organization’s president in 1985. He also established the first trust to start the Oklahoma FFA Foundation in 1985.
The Jones agribusiness leader has also dedicated himself to the cause of mentally and physically handicapped young Oklahomans. Ramsey was one of the founders of Oklahoma City’s Aid for Individual Development and served as an officer and/or director for the Dale Rogers Training Center from 1978-89.
In 1990, he served as president of the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma as well as president of the Southwest American Livestock Foundation. He has also been an active supporter of Oklahoma State University and its College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Ramsey was inducted to the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 1993.