Two Metro Tech employees were honored by the Oklahoma Career and Technical Education Equity Council at the 22nd Annual Making It Work Day on March 23 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. They were two of 17 people recognized for their commitment to removing barriers to success for single-parent families by providing education experiences beyond the classroom.
Robert Hensley – an Aviation Maintenance Technology instructor at Metro Tech’s Aviation Campus – received the Outstanding Instructor of Non-Traditional Students. Hensley is a former Navy SEAL who is also a pilot, business owner and licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic. His coworkers who nominated him for the award said he is well known for making learning fun and described him by saying that “his passion for aviation is only matched by his passion for teaching the future of aviation mechanics.”
Adolph Pearson III received the Outstanding Member Award. Pearson works as a job placement specialist with Metro Tech’s Basic Education Skills Training Program (BEST) and in that role, he teaches, prepares and organizes presentations to students learning to maneuver the work force. Pearson was nominated for the award because he consistently goes beyond the call of duty to assist students with things such as acquiring professional clothing and applying for state documents needed for employment.