Tyn County Tech retired Superintendent and General Manager Lindel Fields is the 2021 Oklahoma CareerTech Most Valuable, Francis Tuttle Professional Award.
He received the award during a partnership between the Oklahoma Summit, the Oklahoma Department of Vocational Education and Technology, and the Oklahoma Vocational Education and Technology Association.
The former Oklahoma CareerTech State Director and the Oklahoma CareerTech System Architect, the Francis Tutl Award is given to a person who has made significant contributions at the state and national level.
The fields are also known for their commitment to professional development.
After more than 20 years in Stry County, Fields retired on June 30.
Dedicated to the CareerTech system for nearly 30 years, he began teaching in 1991. He taught inmates at the CareerTech’s Skills Center program the fruits and vegetables and life skills that helped them move out of prison after their release.
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Fields joined Tray County in 1999 as Assistant Superintendent and promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2004.
During his tenure, the number of TCC students enrolled tripled. Tree County holds one of the highest student retention rates in the country, averaging 93% over the past five years. Graduation and job placement rates have increased by more than 90% since 2010.
One of his major accomplishments is the vision of the field, in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma, a bachelor’s degree program in dental hygiene, and the addition of a satellite campus in Pahuuska to the 2010 Paushika Business Development Center.
The main focus of the Pawhuska Center is to provide economic growth and development for the Pawhuska and Osage County areas, as well as incubator services, classrooms, meeting rooms and meeting rooms.
Fields have also been recognized for their positive workplace culture. Tray County Tech was named the “Greatest Place to Work in Oklahoma” for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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Tree County Tech earned national recognition in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020 Fortune Best Jobs.
This year, Tri County Tech named one of the nation’s smallest and medium-sized jobs by 2021, ranking 7th out of 100 small jobs.
Last year, Oklahoma was the only organization to receive the award, and it was one of only two public educational institutions in the world.
Leading the field, Tri County Tech was also named one of the five national recipients of the 2018 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. The presidential award includes a relentless drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership and organizational improvement.
In July 2020, Fields created $ 1 million in Federal Epidemic Relief Funding capabilities to help people in the Bertsville area achieve high-demand jobs within two months.
Over the past year, the program has helped more than 500 Oklahoma people learn advanced skills for new and often high-paying careers in the wake of a new epidemic.
The Three County Tech Board of Education paved the way for the Superintendent Emirates to show respect for its unique work. He was the first superintendent in the history of the county to accept that condition.
The Oklahoma CareerTech system provides programs and services in 29 technology center districts with 59 campuses, 399 PK-12 school districts, 13 skill center campuses, three youth facilities and 32 adult basic education providers.