Northeast Academy receives grant
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc.
has awarded the Northeast Academy for Health Sciences and
Engineering in Oklahoma City $7,000.
Support for the program was made possible by AT&T's contribution
of $150,000 to NACME.
Northeast Academy is one of only 10 schools selected from across
the country for this support because of their commitment to enhance
learning for minority students.
Minority business awards presented
National Evolution, Cherokee Data Solutions, I.S. Technologies
and Cust-O-Fab Inc. were presented Outstanding Minority Business of
the Year awards by the Oklahoma Minority Supplier Development
The awards were presented at the 21st annual Minority Business
Leadership Awards Dinner in Tulsa.
The Outstanding Minority Business awards were given in four
classes: Class 1, annual sales of less than $1 million; Class 2,
annual sales between $1 million and $10 million; Class 3, annual
sales between $10 million and $50 million; and Class 4, sales
greater than $50 million.
Natural Evolution Inc., a Native American company in Tulsa, was
the Class 1 award winner. Natural Evolution is an electronics
recycling company. Traci Phillips is president and CEO of Natural
Cherokee Data Solutions, a Native American company in Claremore,
was the Class 2 award winner. Pamela Huddleston-Bickford is CEO,
owner and founder of Cherokee Data Solutions.
I.S. Technologies of Oklahoma City was the Class 3 award winner.
I.S. Technologies is a provider of information technology and
training services to the federal government. Iva Salmon is owner and
CEO of I.S. Technologies.
Cust-O-Fab Inc., a Native American-owned company in Sand Springs,
was the Class 4 award winner. Cust-O-Fab fabricates equipment for
the oil refining, gas processing and chemical industries. Berry
Keeler is president.
ConocoPhillips was selected as the Outstanding Corporation of the
Southeastern, NEO receive federal grants
Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant and Northeastern
Oklahoma A&M College in Miami have received $2 million grants from
the U.S. Department of Education to assist Native American students
Chris Wesberry, Native American Center for Student Success
coordinator, was principal investigator for the project at
Southeastern, and Tim Boatmun, associate dean for academic services,
was co-principal investigator. Also assisting in writing the
proposal was Paul Buntz, grant coordinator-writer.
The Southeastern grant money will be allocated to the
Connect2Complete Project, a program to increase retention rates and
graduation rates of Native American students at Southeastern. About
29 percent of Southeastern's enrollment is comprised of Native