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A Chance to Change

Friday, May 06, 2022

A Chance to Change recently received the Outstanding Business and Industry Partner Award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

The agency was one of three Oklahoma businesses and organizations honored, along with 17 individuals, at the 28th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol in a virtual ceremony May 6. 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.

A Chance to Change provides on-the-job training for Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City students in the addictions counseling and crime victims/survivors services degree programs, said Lydia Hickerson, a career development specialist in the OSU-OKC REACH program who nominated the agency for the award.

The agency has provided internships for students in the REACH program, Hickerson said; its education classes, workshops and prevention programs help students find jobs.

“Students are able to apply their lessons from the classroom to real world situations,” Hickerson said. “They are given the opportunity to shadow a counselor or to sit in on a group therapy session.”

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.

“OkCTEEC is always privileged to honor those who have chosen a career path that is nontraditional and those individuals or partners who have assisted them in their quest,” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “This year is a transitional year that everyone seems to be working through, so students and others have been doing an exceptional job meeting in person and through a hybrid model.”

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.

“All of us continue to navigate through the continuing pandemic, facing new challenges each and every day,” said Kelly Vinson, OkCTEEC president and director of Project Achieve at Northern Oklahoma College. “Our students have shown tremendous strength and determination navigating through the many challenges they face along the way. It is a great honor to recognize these students, who have excelled and are continuing to reach their goals.”

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.

For more information about OkCTEEC, visit For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, visit

Last Modified on May 06, 2022