Bob Funk, Sr. inducted into the Oklahoma Career Tech Hall of Fame
The Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation inducted six people into the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Hall of Fame on Thursday evening. Pictured are, from left, front row, Carolyn Cotton, Bob Funk and Nancy L. Davis, daughter of Nancy Randolph Davis, who was inducted posthumously; and, back row, Phil Waul, Greg Winters and Kent Boggs.
On April 14, 2022 with a full house audience at Oklahoma State University’s Student Union Ballroom, the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation inducted six people into the Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Hall of Fame. Mr. Funk was honored to be inducted among community leaders/educational visionaries and had this to say in his remarks:
“CareerTech has exceptional and forward-thinking leaders like the state director Dr. Marcie Mack. Her team of administrators, educators, faculty and staff are simply top notch and arguably the best in the US,” Funk stated.
“My company – Express Employment Professionals – interviews two million individuals annually and places 600,000 in jobs with our valued customers in three different countries. So I know the ‘people business’,” quipped Funk.
“CareerTech teachers and support staff have the difficult task of shaping the next generation of our workforce, which is especially important in today’s economy where businesses across the nation are having difficulty finding skilled applicants to fill open positions.”
“And as we all know a four-year degree is not feasible for many young people coming out of High School, the CareerTech system does an extraordinary job of preparing these same individuals for a bright future via certificates in key trades ranging from welding to nursing to cosmetology.”
“My companies plan to continue supporting four educators from OkACTE each year with cash awards for their outstanding work. Our educators should be adequately recognized and commended for their over-the-top efforts to help students be successful in the workplace.”
My advice: If you see an Oklahoma legislator and are looking to chat about ‘positive news’, bring up Oklahoma’s spectacular CareerTech system and let them know you are a proud advocate and recognize the difference-making work done in this important space.”
OkACTE is the professional association for the state's CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members. ODCTE provides leadership and resources to the CareerTech System of nearly 400 public school districts, 29 technology centers with 58 campus sites, 13 skills centers in correctional facilities and 28 adult learning centers with 52 sites.
For more information about OkACTE, visit www.OkACTE.org.
For more information about Oklahoma CareerTech, visit www.okcareertech.org.