Canadian Valley Technology Center assistant superintendent
Chuck Hood, Canadian Valley Technology Center assistant superintendent, recently received the Making It Work Day Spotlight Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.
He was one of 12 Oklahomans honored, along with four businesses and organizations, at the 27th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol in a virtual ceremony April 30. 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.
Hood, who has been in education for 25 years and at Canadian Valley Technology Center for five years, understands and supports the diverse services required for special populations, said Susan Weaver, CVTC PIVOT coordinator, who nominated him for the award.
“He is an inspiration to us and an outstanding leader to all the students and staff in the district,” she said. “He leads with the understanding that each one of us is a unique individual and recognizes our individual differences.”
Hood began his career as an agricultural education teacher and spent some of his instructional years teaching more girls than boys, Weaver said. He was a public school principal for six years and a superintendent for nine years before becoming assistant superintendent at Canadian Valley.
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.
“The Making It Work Day ceremony is such an important part of OkCTEEC as it publicly acknowledges those students, programs and business partners that have done an outstanding job meeting their career goals,” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “The event this year is even more important, as we have persevered through a pandemic and still have individuals who have excelled.”
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic created challenges, said Lisa D. Brown, OkCTEEC president and director for career transitions at Oklahoma City Community College, but students, faculty, staff and community partners met the challenges head-on, redesigning traditional methods of assistance and education.
“These students have persevered through the many changes in their pursuit of their goals and even some events in their own families,” she said. “In addition to their academic success, they have strengthened even more skills in communication, collaboration, adaptation and endurance that will be of great benefit as valuable life skills they will never forget they developed or discovered they had.”
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.