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Jeannie McMillin, of Little Dixie Transit (which serves Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties), was honored as the 2011 Oklahoma Transit Professional of the Year by the Oklahoma Transit Association. The announcement took place during the 14th Annual OTA Awards for Excellence banquet Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.
McMillin joined Little Dixie Transit in 2000. Only three years later, she became transit director. Upon becoming director, her number one priority was to expand the training program for drivers. Little Dixie Transit has a seven-day training schedule for all new hires and a training director along with an extensive, orientation program all employees receive, annual in-service training. Under McMillinâ€™s leadership, Little Dixie established its own maintenance center, one of the few rural systems in Oklahoma to do so.
The fruits of this effort were recognized by the Oklahoma Transit Association when Little Dixie Transit received the 2009 OTA Safety & Training Award.