The United Nations of Greater Oklahoma City (UNA-OKC) and Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) are joining together to celebrate Jessica Martinez-Brooks, director of OCCC community outreach and education, as she receives the UNA-OKC’s 2015 Public Service Award Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the OCCC FACE Center Cafeteria at 6500 S. Land Avenue, OKC, OK 73159.
OCCC President Paul Sechrist will deliver the congratulatory remarks. A formal presentation by Dr. Sechrist and the UNA-OKC board of the 2015 Public Service Award and a legislative citation follow. Refreshments will be served.
In her position as director of Community Outreach and Education, Martinez-Brooks has secured and administered grants totaling more than $1,000,000. She has also partnered with approximately 30 schools, technology centers, nonprofits, and local businesses to provide free adult basic education. As a direct result of her efforts, more than 3,000 students each year take English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED classes in 23 different off-site locations.
Martinez-Brooks received her B.A. in journalism and a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. She was recognized for her work in racial and social justice by the FBI in 2014, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Latino Community Development Agency in 2006 and named to the “Forty Under 40” and “Achievers Under 40” lists by OKC Business and The Journal Record.
In 2007, she was named to the OCCC Alumni Hall of Fame and in 2014 received the Robert P. Todd Leadership Award for her work at OCCC. She currently serves on a number of boards and organizations in the metro area including: the Southwest Center for Human Relation Studies at OU, Regional Food Bank, Teach for America, Historic Capitol Hill, American Association of University Women (AAUW) South Oklahoma City Branch, South Oklahoma City Rotary and Leadership Oklahoma City.
To learn more about the United Nations Association of Greater OKC and the Public Service Award, visit: www.una-okc.org/public_service.html or www.una-okc.blogspot.com/2015/06/jessica-martinez-brooks.html?m=1. For more information about the awards ceremony, please contact Akash Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-474-3310.
To learn more about OCCC’s community outreach programming, visit: /coe.