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Alice Roughface

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Alice Roughface, Caddo Kiowa Technology Center graduate, recently received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Graduate award from the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council.

Roughface was one of 17 Oklahomans honored, along with three businesses and organizations, at the 29th annual Making It Work Day at the Capitol on March 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, which was held in the rotunda at the Oklahoma Capitol, also recognized nontraditional students.

Roughface completed truck driver training at CKTC, earning her certificate and license in May 2022, said Dee Sage, CKTC work prep coordinator, who nominated her for the award.

Roughface had previously attended CKTC and earned her GED, but after her husband died, she spent time in the justice system, Sage said. After a second marriage ended in divorce, Roughface accepted support for herself and her children from her father and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Sage said, adding that Roughface chose truck driver training because she wanted to be able to stand on her own and not depend on others for support.

After earning her certification and license, she found employment with Hamm and Phillips, hauling water for the oil field.

“She has learned that hard work and sacrifice is the only way to go,” Sage said.

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 very excited this year to be able to host the Making It Work Day event once again at the Oklahoma state Capitol” said KayTee Niquette, Work Prep and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “It is the perfect venue to showcase the achievements of our students at both the CareerTech and community college level, as well as those community and business partners that have assisted our students in their educational and employment pursuits. The opportunity for legislators to be able to hear our students’ stories and see the difference our programs make is just priceless.”

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.

“OkCTEEC is delighted to host Making It Work Day for another year. We honor our remarkable awardees at the state Capitol for their tireless efforts, commitment and resilience. Our programs, students, graduates, instructors and business and community partners around Oklahoma strive to create a positive change in the lives of families in the state. We take immense pride in recognizing and celebrating their contributions,” said Kelly Vinson, OkCTEEC president and director of Project Achieve at Northern Oklahoma College.

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 Mar 09, 2023
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