Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

CEO of Francis Tuttle Technology Center in OKC Tapped for Education Council

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

CEO of Francis Tuttle Technology Center in OKC Tapped for Education Council

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As the superintendent and CEO of Francis Tuttle Technology Center since 1996 and as a staff member before that, Kay Martin has long helped develop and implement work force training programs in Oklahoma.

Now she will help shape education and work force development efforts nationwide as a charter member of the Manufacturing Institute Education Council, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.

"We will be looking at incorporating programs to help provide a qualified work force for manufacturers," said Martin.

The education council's mission includes educating young people about U.S. manufacturing.

"Many people have an old image of manufacturing and think that all our manufacturing is being outsourced or is going away," she said. "America is still the world's largest manufacturer. The U.S. manufacturing sector really drives innovation and technology."

Martin was among approximately 25 charter members and one of about four women named to the council. She had earlier worked on another board with Emily DeRocco, president of the Manufacturing Institute and a former U.S. assistant secretary of labor for employment and training.

"Dr. Martin will help the Education Council provide leadership, counsel and research to ensure America's manufacturing work force is properly prepared to compete in the global economy," DeRocco said in a press release.

Charter members represent K-12, community and technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities. They will help the Manufacturing Institute develop national strategies to develop high- paying jobs and a globally competitive work force.

"Charter members will focus on issues as wide-ranging as identifying solutions to address the adult literacy crisis, designing regional manufacturing talent development systems, creating 21st century career and technical education programs and advancing innovation in the manufacturing economy," DeRocco said. …

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