EAST Program First Oklahoma School to Receive Founder's Award of Excellence

April 11, 2018 - For Immediate Release

EAST Conference Team 2018

Kiamichi Technology Center’s Education Accelerated by Service and Technology (EAST) program at the Poteau Campus recently became the first Oklahoma school to receive the Founder’s Award of Excellence in the area of Student Growth.  The Founder’s Award, named in honor of the former law enforcement officer-turned-teacher, Timothy R. Stephenson, who first established the principles of EAST while teaching at Greenbrier High School in 1996, is composed of three distinct categories: student growth; project sophistication and innovation; and community and collaboration.  Poteau Campus EAST Facilitator, Kelly Falkner stated, “I am extremely proud of my students for receiving this accolade in only the second year of our program.  They have worked very hard and have set the bar high for future classes.”

The EAST Initiative’s mission is to provide all learners the opportunity to have relevant, individualized, life-changing educational experiences. It establishes and supports classrooms built on the principle that students can actively determine their own learning when challenged to help their community and empowered by sophisticated technology. Headquartered in Little Rock, EAST currently serves 246 schools in four states. Additionally, the organization offers training to EAST students and professional development for EAST educators, as well as for traditional classroom teachers, regardless of subject area or grade level. To learn more visit www.eastinitiative.org or www.facebook.com/east.initiative.

Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties.  KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state.  KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields.   KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.  For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at www.ktc.edu.  Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ktcpoteau