May 8, 2024


Building Opportunities for Workforce Development: PTC’s Lineworker Academy Collaboration with Covia

By: Sunnie Dawn Baker 

Sometimes, educators have to think outside the box to help students succeed; and sometimes, partnerships and collaboration within the community can lead to education innovations. The Lineworker Academy at Pontotoc Technology Center recently benefited from these partnerships when the Covia Silica Sand Plant in Roff approached them about an opportunity for hands-on learning that would benefit the students.

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Small University – BIG WIN!

On April 30th, Ada Jobs Foundation staff, Peggy Saunkeah and Daniel Castaneda, attended the 2024 i2E Entrepreneur’s Cup presented by the Love’s Travel Stop held at the Oklahoma City Omni. We were thrilled to be present as the ECU students took top honors.


According to Stacey D. Bolin, “The hard work of ECU student entrepreneurs paid off last week at the i2E Entrepreneur's Cup awards ceremony! Our team appreciates the support from East Central University, the Ada Jobs Foundation, and everyone who helped them prepare for the competition."


Pictured Left to right:

  • Alyssa McCullar - Small Business 2nd Place ($9,000 in Prize Money),
  • Godsgift Ezedinma - Oklahoma Business Roundtable Paulsen Award Winner and Small Business Semi-Finalist ($5,000 Scholarship),
  • Dr. Stacey Bolin - Advisor,
  • Hunter Cook - Small Business 1st Place ($13,000 in Prize Money),
  • Jolee Grinstead - Oklahoma Business Roundtable Paulsen Award Winner and Small Business Finalist ($5,000 Scholarship and $1,000 in Prize Money),
  • Dr. Michael Scott - Dean of the ECU Stonecipher School of Business
  • Vivian Tapia - Small Business Finalist and Pitch Winner ($2,000 in Prize Money). Vivian also gave her 90-second pitch on stage during the awards ceremony and nailed it!


These students won a combined total of $35,000 in prize and scholarship money in 2024!

ECU’s combined student award-winnings since we started competing in 2013 totals $227,000!

CONGRATUALATIONS to all these students for their outstanding achievements. A special shoutout to Dr. Stacey Bolin and Dr. Michael Scott for their dedication in mentoring these students and championing entrepreneurship in the community!


The Conduit Initiative held its regular Tech Meetup on May 2nd, focusing on risk management practices. Join us on June 6th for a crash course on ChatGPT and other AI models. The session will take place at AJF's Community Room at 4:30 pm.


For inquiries about these meetings or if you're interested in leading a tech discussion, please contact Ashia Todd at

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