Winters Receives CareerTech's Highest Honor

Canadian Valley Technology Center Superintendent Dr. Greg Winters receives the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle. It was Francis Tuttle who helped shape Oklahoma Career Tech in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

TULSA  – Dr. Greg Winters, superintendent/CEO of Canadian Valley Technology Center, received Oklahoma CareerTech’s most prestigious award during the 47th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

Winters received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award given by Oklahoma ACTE. The award was presented by Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle.

The conference took place Aug. 4-5 at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Downtown Tulsa. The annual event attracts some 3,500 CareerTech educators from across the state. Oklahoma Career Tech is the parent organization for the state’s 29 technology centers.

The conference is one of the largest professional development educator conferences in the nation. OkACTE is the professional organization for the state’s CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members.

The Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award was established in 1985 in honor of Francis Tuttle, former state director of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education and architect of what is now called the CareerTech System.

The award recognizes individuals whose careers exemplify Tuttle’s dedication to the development of people through career and technology education.

Winters joined Canadian Valley in 2007 after serving as superintendent at both Kiamichi Technology Centers in eastern Oklahoma and at Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center.

Winters has entered his 40th year in education, having started in 1974 as an industrial arts teacher at Kerr Junior High School in Del City. Winters has served in various roles in common and higher education, including teacher, coach, adjunct professor, principal, and assistant superintendent.

He serves on the board of directors for the United Way of Canadian County, Oklahoma Teacher Retirement, the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition, Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, the Governor’s Business Roundtable and the National Technical Honor Society, for which he has served since 1987.

Winters earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State in 1974. He followed with a Master of Education at then Central State University in 1980 and with a Doctor of Occupational and Adult Education at Oklahoma State in 1992.

He and wife MeMe live in Piedmont. Three grown children all live in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Winters told the crowd gathered inside the Tulsa Convention Center that this award is one which he is most proud of in his long career.