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Making It Work Day

Each year the Career and Technology Education Equity Council holds a Making It Work Day at the capitol; it's designed to recognize the hard work of female students in non-traditional fields.
Making It Work Day

Kandice Doan winning a national award

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Show 1205: Making It Work Day

Air date: January 29, 2012

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL ENTERING A TECHNICAL FIELD DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YEARS AND YEARS OF EDUCATION.  AND SOME OF THOSE OKLAHOMA STUDENTS WERE HONORED AT THE STATE CAPITOL FOR THEIR WORK IN THE STEM FIELDS.  JOINING ME NOW IS OUR ALISA HINES.

ALISA HINES:  THAT’S RIGHT ROB; EACH YEAR THE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION EQUITY COUNCIL HOLDS A MAKING IT WORK DAY AT THE CAPITOL.  IT’S DESIGNED TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF FEMALE STUDENTS IN NON-TRADITIONAL FIELDS.

TODAY IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR KANDICE DOAN; SH’IS RECEIVING AN AWARD FOR BREAKING TRADITIONS.

KANDICE DOAN:  I’M HONORED; I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE I WAS NOMINATED FOR THE NATIONAL AWARD UNTIL THEY TOLD ME THAT I RECEIVED IT, SO THAT WAS KIND OF A SHOCK.

ALISA:  THE AWARD IS FOR A WOMAN IN A NON-TRADITIONAL ROLE AND ACCORDING TO OKLAHOMA CAREERTECH’S BECKI FOSTER, IT’S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT.

BECKI FOSTER:  NON-TRADITIONAL IS IMPORTANT, FOR EXAMPLE, FEMALES IN ENGINEERING, THEY’RE IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE REALLY HAVE TO BROADEN OUR SCOPE IN OUR EMPLOYMENT POOL.

ALISA:  FOR KANDICE THAT’S BEING 1 OF ONLY 17 WOMEN OUT OF 86 EMPLOYEES AT THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

KANDICE:  I DO DRAFTING; I HELP IN THE DESIGN OF THE HIGHWAYS.

ALISA:  SOMETHING SHE LEARNED AS A STUDENT AT CANADIAN VALLEY TECHNOLOGY CENTER.

KANDICE:  IN CLASS WE LEARNED HOW TO USE AUTOCAD, WHICH IS THE COMPUTER PROGRAM THAT HELPS US MAKE OUR PLANS.  AND UH, IN WORK WE USE THE SAME BASIC PROGRAM, IT’S CALLED MICROSTATION.

ALISA:  IT’S A JOB BOTH REWARDING AND ENJOYABLE TO HER.

KANDICE:  IT’S A LOT DIFFERENT THAN I EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.  IT’S VERY CHALLENGING AND LOTS OF THINGS TO FIGURE OUT AND ONCE YOU GET DONE, YOU GET TO DRIVE ON WHAT YOU BUILT.

ALISA:  AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S A NON-TRADITIONAL ROLE, KANDICE DOESN’T SEE IT THAT WAY, SHE SIMPLY SEES IT AS SOMETHING SHE LOVES DOING.

NOW KANDICE REALLY ENJOYS HER WORK AT ODOT AND HOPES TO NOT ONLY CONTINUE WORKING THERE, BUT WORKING HER WAY UP TO A MANAGEMENT LEVEL POSITION SOMEDAY.  SHE ALSO HOPES SHE’LL BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL AND CAN DEMONSTRATE HOW FULFILLING AND LIFE-CHANGING A CAREER IN THE STEM FIELDS CAN BE.

ROB:  AND QUITE THE HONOR; IS THIS A RECOGNITION THEY HOPE TO CONTINUE?

ALISA:  YES; IT’S HELD EVERY YEAR AND THIS YEAR WILL BE THE FOURTH YEAR AND THE NEXT MAKING IT WORK DAY WILL BE ON APRIL FOURTH.

ROB:  ALRIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH ALISA.

ALISA:  YOU’RE WELCOME ROB.