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The Student Leadership Council from Ogeechee Technical College, recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive on the College’s main campus. The drive exceeded the American Red Cross’s goal of twenty-nine units, collecting thirty-two units.

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

Evan Brower of Screven County was recently appointed to the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees.  A native of Screven County, Brower is affiliated with his family’s business, Brower Tire. He graduated from Screven County High School and Georgia Southern University with a degree in political science. Brower served in the Army from 2010 to 2014, with two tours in Afghanistan. He is a member of Rocky Ford Baptist Church, the Sylvania Lions Club, and serves as Vice A Commander of VFW Post 7116.  He is also on the Sylvania Rotary Club Board of Directors, on the Screven County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is Vice President of the Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation.  He and his wife, Tori Frawley Brower, are the parents of one child.

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Barry Turner
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Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted Business After Hours at the College’s Evans Technical Education Complex in Hagan. Held in the Jack and Muriel Strickland Building, the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation sponsored the event. Business After Hours is a function of the Claxton-Evans Chamber of Commerce which provides member businesses an opportunity to showcase their organization while offering community members a chance to network with each other.  In addition to several Ogeechee Technical College employees, OTC Board of Directors members, Caughey Hearn and Tammi Hall, were on-hand to greet attendees, as well as OTC Foundation Trustees, Jill Griffin and Star Harris. All four represent Evans County at OTC.  

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) has been ranked number one on a list of the best online community colleges in Georgia, according to TheBestColleges.org. Information on the site says that the higher education landscape is changing.  With rising tuition costs and societal shifts, more students are looking to community college as a valuable alternative, but many don't realize the vast array of online options available.  “Is it gratifying to know that an outside organization sees the value in what we provide here at OTC,” said Dr. Ryan Foley, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Ogeechee Tech.  “We are committed to offering a balanced mix of classes in a traditional on-campus setting, while also providing many online options for students who benefit from that format.”

To see the full list of rankings, visit: https://www.thebestcolleges.org/states/georgia/#community-colleges or http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/distance to see online offerings by the College.

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
Phone: 912.681.5500 | Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

   Matt Sawhill

Matt Sawhill, Area Manager for Georgia Power Company in Statesboro, was recently appointed to the Executive Board of Trustees for the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation. As Area Manager at Georgia Power, Sawhill is responsible for external affairs in 11 counties throughout Southeast Georgia. OTC’s Vice President for College Advancement, Barry Turner, said, “We are excited to have Matt join our board of trustees.  I’m sure his experience and insight will be beneficial to the Foundation.” 

Sawhill previously worked for two United States Senators, Zell Miller and Saxby Chambliss. After several years of government service, he lobbied on behalf of the Georgia Electric Membership Cooperative and spent over 10 years working in Government/Community Affairs and Economic Development for AGL Resources/Southern Company Gas.

He was formerly on the Board of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and was chairman of the Georgia Parks, Recreation, and Historic Sites. Currently, Sawhill is an advisor to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Locally, he serves on the Boards for the Statesboro Rotary Club, the United Way of Southeast Georgia, and Blue Mile Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Sawhill was named in 2014 as one of the University of Georgia’s 40 Under 40.  He was a graduate of Leadership Georgia the same year.

Sawhill and his wife Mary, both natives of Rome, Georgia, are the proud parents of two children, Caroline and Towns. They have been active at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Georgia, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

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Barry Turner
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ATLANTA – August 16, 2018. Ogeechee Technical College and Southern Crescent Technical College were selected by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) to participate in the Solar for Schools Program and awarded $113,000 in matching grants.

Solar for Schools is an educational program that provides technical college students the opportunity to enter the workforce specializing in electrical applications for installing, inspecting, and repairing solar panels. Students use the knowledge they acquire in the classroom to install solar projects on campus.

Ogeechee Technical College, Sylvania campus, will receive a $55,000 matching grant for a 20 kilowatt (kW) solar ground mount array, two solar covered tables with electrical connections, and student scholarships.   

Southern Crescent Technical College, Griffin campus, will receive a $58,000 matching grant for a 33 kW solar roof mount array.

In addition to classroom knowledge and hands-on experience, the students will develop marketing initiatives to increase interest about the benefits of solar power in local K-12 schools, colleges, and the business and investor communities.

The State Energy Program (SEP) provided the funding for Solar for Schools. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, SEP supports energy programs in the areas of agriculture and industry, building energy efficiency, government and public facilities, and renewable energy and alternative fuels.

About the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (gefa.georgia.gov):
The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA), headquartered in Atlanta, is the lead agency for state energy programs; directs the Georgia Land Conservation Program; maintains state-owned fuel storage tanks; and offers financing for reservoir and water supply, water quality, stormwater, and solid waste infrastructure. Since 1985, GEFA has approved financial commitments totaling more than $4 billion to local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit gefa.georgia.gov, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Flickr.

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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Adult Ed faculty and staff at back to school event

Ogeechee Technical College's Adult Education Program instructors and staff members shared smiles and supplies during the regional Back to School events. Students and their families in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties received free school supplies and important information from resources within their communities.

"Adult Education students began classes for the new year a few weeks ago, and many of our students have children who will start school in August," said Dean for Adult Education, Samantha Smith. "Our program strives to support the educational goals of the families we serve and these events are one way we are able to do that."

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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The Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony at College.  Twenty-two students were presented pins which signify completion of the program of study. Family and friends were on-hand to watch the students receive accolades for their achievements. A reception was held afterwards which gave the graduating class an opportunity to celebrate with family, friends, and classmates. The Practical Nursing graduating class included: Allissa Alexander, Donna Bigner, Amy Blaszczykiewicz, Vivian Gato, Taylor Glisson, Tracie Harden-Geiger, Katelyn Harris, Ki’Monsha Hayton, Jasmine Holmes, Janeth Jones, Hunter Jordan, Tara Knight, Stephanie Lastinger, Shelby Lloyd, Sha’Quana Myers, Tisha Okungbowa, Jamie Pearson, Sabrina Powell, Jessica Sowell, Melissa Story, Regan Turner, and Courtney Wood.

The Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Tech is dedicated to preparing qualified graduates of the program to become theoretically, clinically, ethically, and legally safe practitioners who are committed to meeting the health care needs of the community. The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Practical Nursing. More information about the program can be found at http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/605

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Seated (l-r)- Cora Corbett and Brennan Moore
Standing (l-r) Joe Smith, Taylor Mitchell, Mike Moore, Jewel Streeter, & Jenn West
Not picture – Casey McCall Corbett and Colby Zeigler

On Saturday, July 14th, members of the Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) Wildlife Club partnered with the Ogeechee River Keepers to help clean the Canoochee River, located on the Daisy-Nevils highway in Evans County. With help from Evans County local, Joe Smith, as well as, Jenn West and Simona Perry from the Ogeechee River Keepers, OTC Wildlife Club members picked up eleven large bags of trash, a TV, three tires with one still on the rim, 2 hub caps, Kitchen Aid mixer with the beaters still attached, an inflatable mattress, metal folding chair, plastic lawn chair, a 30-gallon trash can, and a large pool float.

The Canoochee River is a part of the Ogeechee River watershed. It originates in Emanuel County and runs approximately 100 miles southeastward before it flows into the Ogeechee River at the border of Bryan and Chatham Counties.

Casey Corbett, OTC Wildlife Club advisor, said, “The rivers of Georgia have always been important sources for drinking water, navigation, and recreation but the beautiful black water of the Canoochee and other rivers are being threaten by trash and other pollutants from careless humans. These students and concerned citizens took time out of their busy Saturday morning to help remove this trash. There is a Native American proverb that reads, ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.’ We must remember this and do our part to keep our waters clean.”

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The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technology in America (SCNAVTA) chapter of Ogeechee Technical College recently held a car wash at Anderson’s General Store to raise funds to attend the Veterinary Medical Expo (VMX). The VMX Conference provides students with continuing education, the opportunity to network with other technician students, licensed technicians, and veterinarians, and job seeking opportunities. The students also visit the exhibit hall to learn the latest in technology, medicine, and veterinary professional software. The College’s SCNAVTA chapter is made up of students from the Veterinary Technology program.  Ms. Billie Walker is the chapter advisor.  For more information on Veterinary Technology at Ogeechee Technical College, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/407

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The Rad Tech Student Club at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a car wash fundraiser at Anderson’s General Store. Throughout the year, the Radiologic Technology students have various fundraising events to pay for professional memberships for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, a national society that gives the students access to study materials, discounts, and scholarly journals.  Funds raised are also used for a luncheon held by the senior class for the new junior class and to off-set pinning ceremony expenses. Jan Martin, program chair, said, “Matt Dunn and I have the privilege of talking with people about our program and the College at these community events.” To find out more about the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Tech, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/414

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Pictured above are Radiologic Technology students, Raegan Nail and Hollie Zeigler, with an Optilift portable x-ray machine, recently donated to the College by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah. Jan Martin, Program Director for Radiologic Technology, said this unit allows radiographers to go to the patient when they are too sick to travel to the x-ray department. She said this will allow she and fellow instructor, Matt Dunn, to teach/demonstrate portable radiography in the lab now. This newly acquired unit allows them to simulate patient interaction with the students in the energized lab. Martin states that portable exams are challenging even in the best situations and patient condition can be a tremendous hindrance. She said, “By having this machine, we can walk students through various scenarios in the lab in order for them to be more comfortable with the machine. Donations such as the portable unit benefit the students in so many ways.”

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After three months of certification preparation training, taught by Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) instructor, Terry Hand, 18 computer/IT technicians from Georgia Southern University (GSU) earned their industry standard CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certificates. Hand explained that CompTIA is the leading provider of information technology (IT) certifications in the world.   

The Computer Networking program at Ogeechee Technical College specializes in hands-on training and certification preparation, helping staff and/or students from OTC and Georgia Southern University get the training and certifications they need to be successful in today’s highly competitive workforce. “Certifications today are used as a true indicator of a potential employee’s knowledge and skill-level,” said Hand. “In many cases, companies state that a CompTIA certification is mandatory before accepting an application.”

Currently, Ogeechee Tech and GSU are working on multiple collaborative projects, including a new internship class, which will help place OTC networking students at GSU for training and experiential learning, and certification preparation classes at OTC for students and staff from GSU.  

“It’s all about helping students acquire the knowledge and skills to find employment and be successful in their future career,” states Hand.  Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University are working on combining the quality and specializations of both schools to help students achieve a higher level of success.  Ogeechee Tech plans to continue to offer hands-on certification training in basic computer hardware/software support and computer networking. 

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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Ogeechee Technical College joins forces with industry partners to carry out its mission. The College provides a qualified workforce for industry and in turn, industry provides employment opportunities for OTC graduates. Bobby Jones knows the importance of Ogeechee Technical College to Screven County and to this region of Georgia.  As Materials/Manufacturing Value Stream Manager at Sylvania’s Koyo Bearings manufacturing facility, Bobby depends on OTC for the skilled workforce that is required to make Koyo a leader in their industry. “The Industrial Maintenance initiative at OTC has helped develop and fill critical positions within our plant,” Jones said. “Without skilled people to ensure that our production equipment keeps working properly, our whole manufacturing process can literally grind to a stop. A qualified workforce is the oil that keeps us running! Our partnering with OTC plays a key role in preparing our future for success.” Jones also serves on the Local Board of Directors at OTC.

 “When we were building our new Statesboro plant, we utilized space on the Ogeechee Tech campus to start filling critical positions on our team, even hosting literally thousands of individuals who showed up to apply for jobs. We couldn’t have done it without OTC,” stated Josh Frey, Great Dane Statesboro’s plant manager.  “OTC is a constant source of qualified workers with credentials in welding, electrical, and other vital areas of expertise which keep our plant running at capacity.  We count OTC as a valued partner in our operation.”

Fred Hill believes in technical education, and works hard to support OTC, all the while knowing that the College will support his industry. As Human Resources Director at The Sack Company, Fred knows the importance of having a qualified pool of applicants for vital positions within the company, and how that keeps the production and efficiency of Sack at optimum levels. “I believe in technical education, and especially in Ogeechee Technical College. That’s why I serve as chairman of the board at OTC, and why I devote time each year to volunteering for the OTC Foundation,” said Hill. “OTC has a winning team, and they contribute so much to this area, it is only right to give back to them however I can.”

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Georgia’s Dual Enrollment Program allows qualified high school students to maximize their education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time. Under Dual Enrollment, students may take academic core courses that can transfer to Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges or University of System of Georgia (USG) colleges and universities. Students may also take occupational and career courses that can help jump start a career.

Bulloch Academy graduate, Alivia Collins, took English and algebra classes at Ogeechee Tech to transfer to Georgia Southern University, where she will pursue a degree in Exercise Science. Statesboro High graduate, Cole Meeks, actually completed the Geographic Information Systems program at OTC, and is now working with Hussey, Gay, Bell doing survey work. With the welding certificate he earned, Cole will pursue an out of state training program to become a specialty welder.    

Students who are in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, attend a participating Georgia high school or an approved home study program, may qualify to take college level courses under the Dual Enrollment Program. At Ogeechee Technical College, many students take classes in specific programs of study, often completing a program by the time they graduate from high school, while others earn credit for classes which may be used at any TCSG or USG institution. Either way, students graduate from high school with a leg up on their future, whether they will continue their education or enter the workforce. For Amaya Brown, enrolling in the OTC Nurse Aid program while a student at Statesboro High, was a logical first step toward eventually becoming a nurse practitioner. “I enrolled at OTC because I wanted to get a head start on my college classes,” said Brown. Southeast Bulloch graduate, Rosemary Zul-Moreno, did core classes at OTC to get a head start on pursuing Practical Nursing at the College, with an ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse. “I knew that taking advantage of dual enrollment during high school would put me ahead to reach my goals,” Zul-Moreno stated.

Any program offered at OTC can be taken by students who are dual enrolled, and while some may have to be completed following high school graduation, others can be finished by the time the student graduates from high school. In fact, some high school students have participated in OTC commencement before walking at their high school graduation.

One big advantage of completing dual enrollment courses is the cost savings, according to OTC’s high school coordinator, Catherine Groover. “With dual enrollment classes not costing a student any money, they can earn credit for free that will save them big money once they reach a college or university,” said Groover. “Parents of students especially like the cost savings.” 

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Denise Batton, Human Resource Generalist with Briggs and Stratton, is pictured above. Batton recently spoke at an employment recruiting event open to students in the Air Conditioning Technology, Automotive Technology, Construction and Electrical and Industrial Systems Technology. The purpose of the event was to enlist Ogeechee Tech to help fill the skills gap for Briggs and Stratton.

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The Red Cross mobile unit is pictured on campus. The Student Leadership Council and the Student Affairs Department at Ogeechee Technical College recently sponsored a blood drive for the American Red Cross. Nineteen units were collected to help save lives.

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Members of Ogeechee Technical College’s Student Leadership Council, Student Affairs, and various Ogeechee Tech student clubs recently volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen held at the First United Methodist Church in Statesboro. The volunteers purchased, prepared, and served a hot meal for approximately 300 people as part of Ogeechee on the Go, Ogeechee Tech’s community service initiative.

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Pictured left to right, at the check presentation for the Wimberly Memorial Fund at OTC, are:Lawson Rushing (Kelly Wimberly’s son), Russell and Kay Wimberly, President Lori Durden, Will Rushing (Kelly Wimberly’s son), and Wimberly family friends, Ashley Ellis and Laura Marsh. 

The Kelly Anne Wimberly Memorial Fund has been established with the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation to benefit students who have faced extreme challenges in their lives, and who have persevered to overcome those challenges to pursue their education at Ogeechee Technical College. Following her untimely death in 2011, Wimberly’s parents, Kay and Russell Wimberly, established a scholarship fund to assist students in continuing their education. Previously managed through private administrators, the funds were recently transferred to the OTC Foundation.

Wimberly graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Georgia Southern University, and formerly worked as a teacher with the Bulloch County Board of Education. “Education was important to Kelly, and we know she would be proud to know students are being helped in her memory,” stated her mother, Kay Wimberly. Students at OTC may request assistance through the College’s Foundation in the form of scholarships and emergency assistance.  Contributions to the Foundation’s annual iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign, as well as endowments and designated gifts from organizations and individuals, such as the Wimberly family, fund that support.

“We are honored to accept this generous gift from the Wimberly family, and we know it will make a positive impact on the lives of students,” said OTC president, Lori Durden. “The financial assistance provided for students can help pay for a variety of expenditures, such as tuition, books, clinical related supplies, and emergency expenses.” 

“We appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Wimberly family in providing this gift.  We want to honor Kelly’s legacy through the assistance we provide students,” said Durden. Members of Wimberly’s family and some very close friends were on hand at OTC for the presentation of the check. 

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Shown above are students from Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) instructor Michael Twisdale’s College Success and Career Skills class. They recently participated in a Stress and Time Management Workshop presented by Kristina Brewton, counselor at OTC. Brewton explained demands placed on the body, both physically and mentally, from outside factors which cause strain. She said that the way in which people deal with those demands determines whether or not they become stressed. She went on to say there is good and bad stress and people must take responsibility in the role that they play in their own stress by being conscious of the decisions they make. She told the students that art, music, journaling, exercising, meditation, and talking with a trusted friend or professional are great ways to relieve stress. Students viewed artwork while listening to music, and participated in a five senses meditation experience during this session. The OTC Counseling Department hosted the workshop.

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Barry Turner
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Students from various programs at health screening

Diabetic and Vision screening was recently provided at Ogeechee Technical College in conjunction with the Statesboro Lion’s Club. Blood pressure checks and written information about the different diseases were also provided to the participants. Students from the Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Opticianry programs assisted in the event.

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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Adult Education at Altrusa

Shay Smith, a 2018 Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education program graduate, recently spoke at the Altrusa of Statesboro's monthly meeting at RJ's Grille. Smith shared her journey through the Adult Education program, those who helped her along the way, and how grateful she was for the support that Altrusa provides to students like her. "I am so happy there are people like you who are willing to give so students can take the GED test and begin to achieve their goals," she said. When an audience member asked if she would attend another college now that she had her GED, Smith said, "I'm going to stick with OTC because they have been so good to me. I'll go to OTC for a business degree and then who knows what God has for me after that."  Smith said her ultimate dream is to start her own business by opening a senior citizen or youth group/support home in the community. Adult Education staff members, Dean Samantha Smith, Adult Education Specialist, Hyedie Badie, and Evans County Lead Instructor, Nancy Holt, were on hand to celebrate Ms. Smith.

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Barry Turner
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Barry Turner, Vice President for College Advancement at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced the opening of more than fifty scholarships through the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation. The deadline to apply is July 9, 2018. Scholarship funds are generated through the Foundation’s annual iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign which occurs every March, and through endowments from various individuals and organizations. While some scholarships are designated by a particular donor for a specific program, others are open to students in any program of study. “We encourage students to take advantage of the support that the scholarships provide. We also thank those who contribute to the Foundation who make the scholarships available,” said Turner.  
Students can apply online at ogeecheetech.edu/give/scholarships or contact Jennifer Conwell, Resource Development Coordinator at jcornwell@ogeecheetech.edu or 912.688.6098.

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The Counseling Department at Ogeechee Technical College recently held its first session of Candid Conversation Rap Session on June 12, 2018, entitled Mental Illness: Unleashing the Stigma. Pictured above are Counselor Kristina Brewton and psychology instructor, Koren Tonkin, who discussed stigma, stigmatizing language used when describing individuals with mental illness, reasons people with mental illnesses may not want to get help, recent media news on suicide occurrences, and ways to help a loved one in a mental health crisis.

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Students and faculty assist with mock interviews

Faculty and staff from Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in mock interviews for junior and senior work-based learning classes in Evans County. Betty Whitaker, CTAE Director/Work-Based Learning Coordinator said, “This truly made an impact on the success of our students. By giving of their time and providing feedback to our students, these leaders showed the students that someone is interested in their future and it also sparked some things for them to start thinking about.  Do you realize this might have been the first time that someone actually had a conversation with a student about their future?” Ogeechee Tech employees who participated were LeAnne Robinson, Sherri Collins, Shenavian Holloway, Michelle McCranie, and Mallorie Morris. Robinson said, “It was rewarding to be part of helping students prepare for future interviews as they embark on their educational and employable goals after high school.”

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Barry Turner
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Graduating high school seniors’ signing ceremonies aren’t just for athletic scholarships anymore.

Ogeechee Technical College’s first-time job fair for area high school students, the Charge Ahead Hiring Expo, held May 3 in the college’s Natural Resources Building, led to a signing ceremony three weeks later for five area high school seniors. All five signed up May 23 to work at Great Dane’s Statesboro factory.

Matthew Richter, who graduated later that week from Southeast Bulloch High School, signed to work as a welder in Great Dane’s completions department. After dual-enrolling at Ogeechee Tech last school year, he received a welding certificate a few weeks before his high school diploma. Starting at $15 an hour, his expected wage is one of the highest among the new hires, whose pay will range upward from $11.70 an hour. 

Gunner Fulton, also now a Southeast Bulloch graduate, will work in the tire mount area.

Kaitlynn Clem, who graduated that same week from Statesboro High, signed up to work nightshift in the department that puts walls on the big truck trailers Great Dane builds. But she has enrolled at OTC to learn welding beginning this fall.

Stacy Fleming, now with a Statesboro High diploma, will work in deck assembly. Birket Kennedy, who graduated from Metter High School the weekend before the signing, will work in the roofs and demold area. He isn’t an Ogeechee Tech student but is instead taking classes at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.

If these new employees stick with their jobs at Great Dane and do the work successfully, the company has promised them a $200 bonus after 90 days. Next, the company will provide a special scholarship after one year, details of which were still being worked out, said Melissa Long, human resources manager at the Great Dane plant.

After two years on the job, these employees will qualify for up to $5,000 a year tuition reimbursement for industry-relevant courses up to an undergraduate degree. Further reimbursement is available toward a graduate degree. The tuition reimbursement plan is a standard policy with Great Dane.

“We want to see them build a career and move up through our organization,” Long said.

She credited human resources generalist Heather Merritt with the idea for the signing.

“Really the Charge Ahead Hiring Expo that Ogeechee Tech had was our opportunity to meet these folks,” Merritt said. “So they were a natural pool to pull from, people who are ready to go into work as well as allow us to cultivate them kind of side-by-side with Ogeechee Tech for  some of the skills that we need out there in the manufacturing environment.”

The Charge Ahead event allowed 19 employers in fields with high-demand careers to interview 131 students from area high schools, Ogeechee Tech announced. Participating schools included Statesboro High, Southeast Bulloch High, Portal Middle High, Transitions Learning Center, Statesboro STEAM, Claxton High, Metter High and Screven County High. 

“I think it’s important that we recognize that young folks take different pathways to get to where they want to go, and the great thing about this is Great Dane is encouraging them to continue their education while they go to work for them” said OTC Vice President for Economic Development Jan Moore. “It’s a great situation for these young folks.”

Both Great Dane and OTC issued news releases publicizing the signing ceremony.

“One of our core values at Great Dane is that quality products start with quality people,” stated Great Dane Statesboro Plant Manager Josh Frey. “We are always looking for new ideas and new talent, and are proud to partner with Ogeechee Technical College to support local graduating seniors with their career development.”

Article and image courtesy of Statesboro Herald

 

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Students pose with faculty members at Vet Tech pinning ceremony

The Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College held a pinning ceremony on May 8, 2018, in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building.  The Program Director, Amy Dorminey, DVM, welcomed the guests and the invocation was given by graduate, Britani Deal.  Ogeechee Tech’s Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) President, Hannah Law, lead the Challenge to Serve, and Billie Walker, Veterinary Technology instructor, introduced the guest speaker, Jason King, DVM, DACVIM, a Veterinary Neurologist from Like Oak Neurology in Savannah.
The class took the Veterinary Technician’s Oath and each of the program’s eight graduates were individually recognized and presented with an Ogeechee Technical College Veterinary Technology pin. The graduates were also presented a framed picture of the Veterinary Technician’s Oath and an embroidered lab coat, gifts from SCNAVTA.  A reception was held after the ceremony which gave the graduating class an opportunity to celebrate with family members, friends, and classmates.

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     Robert Woodie and Mikayla Haigh at state officer training

Robert Woodie, left, and Mikayla Haigh, right, Ogeechee Technical College students, were named to the 2018 – 2019 National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Georgia State Officer Team. Woodie and Haigh currently serve as officers in Ogeechee Tech’s NTHS chapter. They recently attended three days of training at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen, Georgia. The state officer team went through intensive training and team building sessions to further prepare them for their year in office. The officers were evaluated on their leadership potential, personal characteristics, knowledge, and commitment to our organization, which resulted in the designation of their individual officer positions. The purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to honor excellence in workforce education and to encourage scholastic excellence, skill development, honesty, service, leadership, citizenship, and individual responsibility, as well as promote business and industry critical workplace values.

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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Counseling Department at Ogeechee Technical College held an activity in the Joseph E. Kennedy lobby.  Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to stop to take a CureStigma quiz to see if they were impacted by the stigma of those affected by mental illness. Local resources were made available to participants. The CureStigma movement is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the country’s largest grassroots mental health organization.

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Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructor, Daphne Jackson, is guiding our ESL students through a series of activities that will strengthen their English speaking skills as they set personal and professional goals.  ESL student, Geovanny Martinez, has a dream of getting a Master’s degree in Homeland Security, but knows that he needs to improve his English speaking skills. The activity pictured above took the ESL Program out of the classroom and Geovanny was able to apply his weekly lessons by communicating with customers and staff while ordering his favorite drink. He even asked for a picture from a new friend. "The reward of instructing is manifested through watching Geovanny and all of my students as they set and achieve small goals with their English skills," said Jackson. "These activities provide great opportunities for our ESL students. They build confidence in their abilities to navigate in the community and in life" said Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education.

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Ms. Tina Browning and Ms. Sharon Roberson of Queensborough Bank recently visited the Ogeechee Technical College campuses for a Financial Literacy Workshop. Ogeechee Tech students were taught the importance of understanding credit. Browning and Roberson shared ways students can work to improve and monitor their credit. The event was sponsored by the Ogeechee Technical College Library.

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Accounting and Business Technology students and faculty from Ogeechee Technical College are pictured above with donations they collected for Fostering Bulloch.  The service learning project was organized to provide assistance to Fostering Bulloch’s TRAC-Teen Read Adventure Camp for teens living in group and foster homes.

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Jeffery D. Mitchell, a 2001 Ogeechee Technical College graduate, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni winner at the annual alumni reception held at the College. This award is presented to an Ogeechee Tech alum who graduated prior to 2005, excelled in their chosen field, attained prominence, and has had a positive effect on the local, regional, or state level.

Mitchell is a graduate of Ogeechee Tech’s Computer Information Systems program. Upon graduation, he began his career in information systems and networking at Georgia Southern University as a PC Support Specialist. His career continued when he was hired as the Senior Information Systems Specialist for AgSouth Farm Credit in 2003. Mitchell has also served as the Facilities Manager for AgSouth since 2017 and assisted with the networking infrastructure for the new facility in Statesboro.

A native of Millen, GA, Mitchell grew up on his family’s timber farm. He and his wife, Leah, have two children, Walker, six and Drew, one. He is a member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church where he serves as a member of the Deacon Board. He volunteers with the Statesboro and Bulloch County Fire Departments, and as a volunteer coach with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, sporting clay tournaments, and coaching his son in various sports.

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Felicia Luke, an Ogeechee Technical College graduate, was recently named the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award winner at an alumni reception held at the College.  Ogeechee Tech annually accepts nominations in two categories, Outstanding Alumni, which honors an individual who has graduated in the past 10 years, and Distinguished Alumni, for those who graduated more than 10 years ago.  A number of nominees were honored at the reception, with a winner in each category being named.  Luke was chosen as the 2018 winner in the Outstanding Alumni category.

Luke is a 2015 graduate of the Business Administrative Technology (BAT) program. She began as an intern for Wise Choice Therapeutics Solutions, Inc. while completing the BAT program, was hired as a full-time employee upon graduating, and has continued her employment as the Office Manager. Luke also received her certificate in Medical Office Support Specialist and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She serves the community through volunteering with Hearts and Hands Clinic and various children’s programs with First United Methodist Church of Statesboro. Felicia was raised with the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child, and her passion and desire is to be a part of that village.

The Outstanding Alumni Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions and who has excelled in his or her chosen fields, has given back to his or her community, and who is dedicated to the advancement of the College.

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Pictured above from left to right: Samantha Smith, Daphne Jackson,
Janice Case, Tonia Moore, and Nancy Holt.

Instructors from the Adult Education Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in the 2nd Annual Reading Carnival held at Statesboro High School. The instructors worked with children, students, and families, sharing sample questions from the GED test and reading games. Dean of Adult Education, Samantha Smith, said, “We appreciate the invitation to join in on community events. It's an important part of what we do.”

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Adult Ed department at literacy event

The Adult Education Program recently participated in an event with Evans County Schools and Parent University. Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education said, "What an amazing day with Evans County Schools. Today's Parent University celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a Reading Fiesta. There were many activities for parents and students, live performances, authentic Spanish foods, the new literacy Bus, books, books, and MORE! We would like to thank Evans County Schools for inviting the Adult Education Program to the party. Together we celebrated education and promoted the love of reading!"

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Veterinary Technology Students at the University of Georgia

Students and faculty from the Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College recently took a field trip the University of Georgia to attend the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Open House. The morning was spent promoting the veterinary technology profession and Ogeechee Technical College’s Veterinary Technology program in the reading room of the veterinary school. The students were able to network with the students and faculty of the Athens Technical College Vet Tech Program. The afternoon was spent receiving a tour of the veterinary hospital by Ogeechee Technical College alumni, Jamie Mimbs and Carrie Negley. Senior interns, Grace Williams and Amberley Chandler, gave tours of their specific departments to give the students an insight on job opportunities and internship sites.

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Veterinary Technology Students with donations

Ogeechee Technical College’s Veterinary Technology students recently gathered items for the Bulloch County Animal Shelter. Billie Walker, instructor for Veterinary Technology said, “In the beginning of March, we were able to make a small donation of dog food, cat food, and cat litter. Later in the month, we made an even bigger donation filled with dog and cat food, cat litter, dog leashes and collars, and treats. Overall, it was a good donation that the shelter greatly needed!”

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Veterinary Technology Students at Relay for Life
 
Veterinary Technology Students At Relay for Life
 

Ogeechee Technical College Veterinary Technology students and their instructor, Billie Walker, participated in the 2018 Relay for Life held at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds. They sold dog and cat bandannas at the Ogeechee Technical College tent and raised more than $100 for The American Cancer Society.

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     Adult Education program in community
 

Pictured from left to right: Stacy Davis, Sharon Ellis,
Samantha Smith, and Tyshaila Bacon

The Adult Education Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently helped deliver smiles for Mother's Day with Altrusa of Statesboro and local florist, Frazier's Flowers. The flower delivery event is one of Altrusa’s fundraising campaigns. Proceeds are donated to local organizations. Their donation to the Adult Ed program provides scholarships for students for GED testing.

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    Ogeechee Tech's National Technical Honor Society Students

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) of Ogeechee Technical College recently held an induction and pinning ceremony in the Joseph E. Kennedy Auditorium. Twenty eight new members were inducted into NTHS, a society that recognizes students for their achievement in career and technical education. Members were presented a membership certificate in a professional presentation portfolio. In addition, members were given an official NTHS diploma seal, graduation stole and tassel, lapel pin, and window decal to show their affiliation with NTHS. The National Technical Honor Society currently serves approximately 100,000 active members and nearly a million members since its inception in 1984.  Awarding over $1.7 million in scholarships to date, NTHS honors the achievements of top students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce. For over 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.

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The Hospital Authority of Bulloch County recently presented a generous donation to the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation which will be used for student scholarships in the health science programs at the College. Vice President for College Advancement, Barry Turner, said, “The scholarships the Hospital Authority funds will help students pursue a career in healthcare, in many cases when they may otherwise be unable to continue in school.  The Hospital Authority and their continued support of healthcare initiatives in Bulloch County are greatly appreciated.”  

For information on this and other scholarships available through the Foundation, call 912.688.6098 or visit  www.ogeecheetech.edu/give/scholarships.

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    Kaytlyn Nunez

Kaytlyn Nunez, a student in the Dental Assisting program at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently awarded the Hinman Scholarship. She received the scholarship at the Hinman Scholar’s Luncheon, held during the Hinman Dental Annual Meeting, a three day event held each year that highlights products and addresses the needs of general dentists, hygienists, assistants, front office staff, and students. According to their website, the Hinman Dental Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of its membership through outstanding educational and professional development opportunities.

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    Samantha Smith

Samantha N. Smith

Age: 39

Title: Dean of Adult Education, Ogeechee Technical College

For Samantha, being the Dean of Adult Education at Ogeechee Technical College was an appointment of purpose. It was the meeting of both professional aspirations and personal experiences. She has been volunteering and working with young people and their families in the Statesboro community since 1999.  Through her involvement with Bethesda House Ministries, Inc., Samantha was exposed to and was able to learn about the larger needs of the community.  She continued her volunteerism and began her career in adult education as the volunteer Instructor and Coordinator for OTC’s off-site adult education/GED classes at the BLJ Grace Center in the Whitesville Community.  She continued to teach adult education classes through Paxen Learning Corporation until becoming the Dean of Adult Education in November 2016. Samantha serves and supports students and their families in the communities around the state of Georgia by promoting the importance of literacy and education.  Samantha is a member of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Women’s Leadership Academy class.  She has shared her volunteer experiences and planted seeds of service in her greatest life's work, her three daughters, Shekinah (18), Samariah (16) and Sa'Diyah "Sadie" (8).

Future:

"It is an honor and blessing to have my professional career and personal goals align so seamlessly. The experiences and opportunities that God has allowed me to have were not solely for me and my family, but for each life that He places in front of me.  So whether I continue to work with my students at the college, individuals connected to local community organizations or total strangers in passing, my commitment is to serve.  My goal is to continue changing lives through education and volunteerism, encouraging and strengthening those in need and shaping future generations of servant-leaders."

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    Catherine Groover

Catherine Ball Groover

Age: 27

Title: High School Coordinator, Ogeechee Technical College

Catherine is a Statesboro native and will be a double eagle in May when she graduates with her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration.  Catherine began working at Ogeechee Tech after she graduated with her undergrad, beginning her career within Academic Affairs.  It didn’t take her long to realize her love and passion for OTC.  After two years, Catherine accepted her current position within Student Affairs to work with high school students interested in Dual Enrollment. She loves working with students, helping them realize and maximize their full potential.  Catherine was also a part of the inaugural class of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Leadership Academy and was recently invited into the Statesboro Service League.  Aside from work and community involvement, Catherine enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and their two fur babies, Bella and Ollie.  

Future:

“I have a genuine interest in continuing to be a part of the force behind the success of Ogeechee Technical College and its students.  I want to assist in providing educational opportunities to students that will enable them to have a positive impact in their own lives, as well as the community that they live in.  I want others to see the joy and passion that I have for my college, and I pray that everything I do is to the glory of God, for He is what empowers me to equip others.”

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Todd Mashburn and student at event

Ogeechee Technical College’s Counseling Department hosted an event, Stand Up, Speak Out, in April to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Todd Mashburn, an investigator with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, spoke with students about environmental awareness. Executive Director of The Teal House: Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center, Megan Mercer, encouraged students to speak out against sexual assault and shared resources offered by the Teal House.

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    Student Receives Award

Atlanta, GA — Hannah Pease, an eighth grader from William James Middle School, celebrated with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon. Pease won the honorable mention in the 2018 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the sixth through eighth grade category. She received a $50 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal during the luncheon on April 12 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park, Ga.

“I wanted to show off different manufacturers along a conveyor belt,” said Pease when asked about what inspired her submission. “My mom was very supportive, so we’re really happy to be here.” 

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. From William James, Pease also represented Ogeechee Technical College.  

“The design contest exposes students to the diversity of career opportunities available in manufacturing, and it fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for how critical manufacturing is to the prosperity of their own local communities,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event. “Now more than ever, we need to make young people aware that manufacturing is an area where they can express their creativity, and where their skills are rewarded.”

The Governor’s Awards Luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 9 through 12. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes on Georgia’s economic growth. According to Gov. Nathan Deal, nearly 9,738 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 396,339 jobs and generating more than $23.1 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

This is the 24th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and HA+W | Aprio.

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Hundreds of students got an early look into their future careers on Wednesday.

Ogeechee Technical College held its annual Spring Career Fair. Nearly 100 employees from private companies to government agencies talked to students about different careers. Organizers say the fair means even more to their students because they're looking for a speedy way into the workforce.

"A lot of our students will already be employed by the time they graduate and many are already employed, working part-time in their field of study," said Larry Bowen, OTC Career Services.

Bowen says the turnout of students and potential employers made this their largest event ever.

Words and video courtesy of Dal Cannady at WTOC


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  Funeral Service Students At Clinic

Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Funeral Service Education program, along with their instructor, Jennifer Snider, recently attended The Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia (AGEG) Annual Clinic in Forsyth, Georgia.  The program featured Shane Ritchie, CFSP, who presented information about major head trauma. According to their website, AGEG was established to “foster professionalism, higher ethical standards, to encourage an improved and more comprehensive relationship in all phases of the funeral profession.”

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    Student Taking Picture of Artwork

Ogeechee Technical College Counselor, Kristina Brewton, recently hosted a Stress Management Workshop for Roberto Blackmon's College 1010 class. Brewton said various stress management methods were practiced and shared with the students. Above, student, Gary Walker, is seen taking a picture of the artwork he created during the workshop.

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    Dental Assisting Students on Field Trip

Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Dental Assisting program recently traveled to Southeastern Technical College (STC) for a joint seminar.  Ogeechee Tech students joined STC’s Dental Hygiene students for a presentation by Mary Ann Rupertus, a professional educator for Dentsply Sirona, a dental solutions company. Ruperts detailed the use of digital technology in dental radiographs.  After the presentation, the students had the opportunity to engage in hands-on training.  Yvonne Jenkins, OTC Dental Assisting Program Director, said, “This presentation is the perfect complement to what the students have been studying in Dental Radiology.”  The students learned to take radiographs using both film and digital technology. Jenkins said although some offices still use film, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of digital sensors.  She further explained that more than 80% of dental offices now utilize digital technology rather than film when taking radiographs. 

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Health Care Students at Competition Information Tech Students Competing

Ogeechee Technical College’s SkillsUSA team recently attended the SkillsUSA Georgia Postsecondary State Conference in Atlanta. Twenty-two students and six advisors represented the College at the annual convention. Contests in leadership, occupational, and technical science were held at Atlanta Technical College, while skilled and trade contests took place at the Georgia International Convention Center. Ogeechee Tech’s team participated in thirteen competitions and received nine medals, including three gold, four silver, and two bronze awards. Dr. Ryan Foley, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs said, “There was fierce competition but our students prevailed!”

Gold medals were presented to Nancy Durfee, Early Childhood Education, Tiffany Rettinger and Daniel Corsivo, Information Technology Systems, and Johnathan Bishop, Interworking. Silver medals were awarded to Allisa Alexander, Practical Nursing, Rachel Corbin, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio, Nicholas Thorne, Automotive Service Technology, and Stewart Jarrell, Industrial Motor Controls. Bronze medals were awarded to Calevin Collins, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio, and Kaitlyn Shipes, Mikayla Haigh, Robert Woodie, Eliott Mooney, John Todd, Mark Olsson, and Maggie Morrow for Quiz Bowl.

The faculty in attendance were Charlie Collins, Paula Clifton, Terry Hand, Jackie Howard, Club Advisor, Allen McDaniel, Club Advisor, and Norm Threatt.  In addition, OTC President, Lori Durden, and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Ryan Foley, attended to cheer on the participants.
Each of the gold winners advance to the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

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Mayor McCollar Behind podium Mayor McCollar Speaks to Audience Members

Statesboro Mayor, Johnathan McCollar, recently addressed the students, faculty, and staff at Ogeechee Technical College about overcoming adversity. McCollar said, “No matter your walk of life, you will deal with some kind of adversity. You must believe and hold true to your values. You can’t win if you’re not in.” McCollar said he believes in the community and thinks the diversity is what makes Statesboro unique. He strongly supports the belief of investing in people and feels that education is the key to unlocking the potential of the community, and making the environment a positive one. McCollar is in his inaugural year as mayor, making history earlier this year when he was elected the city’s first African American mayor.

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Caughey L. Hearn, owner of the Caughey Hearn Agency in Claxton, was recently appointed to Ogeechee Technical College’s Local Board of Directors. Hearn will serve as a representative of Evans County.

Hearn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was the County Administrator for Evans County for more than 10 years. Active in a number of organizations, he currently serves as president of the Claxton-Evans County Chamber of Commerce, as Vice Chair for the Greater Savannah Regional Alliance, on the Claxton-Evans County Airport Authority, and on the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy Community Action Team.

Ogeechee Technical College’s Local Board of Directors functions in an advisory capacity, as well as serving as ambassadors for the College. Representatives from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, the three counties in the College’s service delivery area, serve on the Board. “We are very happy to welcome Caughey and know he will be valuable addition,” said Lori Durden, Ogeechee Tech President. “Caughey is a respected citizen of Evans County and leaders like him help facilitate the connection between the College and the community.”

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    Opticianry Hosts Speaker

Cheri Guy, a Professional Services Manager for Hoya Vision Care and Lens Consultant for Vision Ease, recently addressed Opticianry students at Ogeechee Technical College. Guy discussed the effects of blue light and ways to protect the eye from blue light damage. She also demonstrated the new flash mirror photochromic lenses from Hoya.

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    President Durden and others in front of Evens County Campus

Ogeechee Technical College will remember an Evans County couple who will help shape the future of local students. 

Thursday afternoon, the school formally named their satellite campus building in Hagan for the late Jack and Muriel Strickland. The couple's non-profit foundation endowed OTC to fund an academic coach for local high school students. 

Their job will be to help students way beyond graduation. 

"Our goal is to increase dual enrollment opportunities, help these students find a path to higher education, to a job, to the military...whatever it is," said Lori Durden, OTC President. 

The Evans County campus houses the school's truck driving program, GED classes, and more.

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     Governor Deal

President Lori Durden of Ogeechee Technical College announced that Governor Nathan Deal will be the speaker at the College’s 2018 commencement exercises to be held on May 10th at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse. Deal, the 82nd governor of Georgia, will address graduates, faculty, staff, and guests at the 7:00 p.m. ceremony.

“Governor Deal is a great advocate for education and has been a true supporter of technical education and Ogeechee Tech,” said Durden. “His influence on education in Georgia will be evident for many years as our citizens reap the benefits produced by his visionary policies. We are honored to have him address our graduates.”

Since taking office in 2011, Governor Deal devotes a great deal of energy toward strengthening education in Georgia. Expanding the HOPE Grant, promoting high school dual enrollment, and supporting infrastructure improvements in technical colleges are but a few of the initiatives the Governor championed.

Governor Deal’s HOPE Career Grant, which offers tuition assistance for students in high-demand careers, has not only helped students, but benefits industries that have workforce needs, strengthening Georgia’s economy. “The HOPE Career Grant has become a game changer in Georgia,” said Durden. “Students receive in-demand skills at no cost to them and companies are able to fill critical openings. It’s truly a win-win situation.” The HOPE Career Grant covers 17 career fields including Commercial Truck Driving, Nursing, Computer Information Systems, and Heavy Diesel Service Technician, among others.  

Ogeechee Tech will award 1,000 degrees, diplomas, and certificates, with approximately 325 graduates expected to participate in the ceremony.
“Graduation is always a special time which brings excitement to students, their families, and our faculty and staff,” said Durden. “We know this year will be especially exciting with Governor Deal being here to celebrate the students and their success!”
Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner, Matt Arthur, will accompany the Governor on the trip to Statesboro. Arthur was appointed by the Governor to head TCSG and has held the position since January 1, 2018.               

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    Opticianry Students with Speaker

Opticianry students at Ogeechee Technical College, recently hosted a speaker, B. W. Phillips, Jr., FCLSA .  Specializing in keratoconus, post-surgical corneas, traumatic injuries, and pediatric contact lens fitting, Phillips serves as International Education Product Specialist for SynergEyes, a major lens manufacturer, and is a lens fitter by contract for clinics and doctors.

Phillips was past President of the Contact Lens Society of America, Past Chairman for the North Carolina State Board of Opticians, and a Rigid Gas Permeable Lens Institute Advisory Board Member. Manager of Duke University Eye Center’s Contact Lens Service from 1991 through 2008, he continues as a frequent educator/lecturer to ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians at national and international events, and is published regularly in leading contact lens newsletters and magazines. Most recently, he was appointed by the Opticians Association of America to the National Contact Lens Certification committee.

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Ogeechee Technical College will hold a Spring Open House on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 5:00pm-7:00 pm. Dr. Ryan Foley, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said, “Open House is a great way to get to know Ogeechee Tech and walk away with a good sense of who we are.”

According to Foley, the drop-in event will allow prospective students to learn more about all aspects of the College.  “This event is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in attending the College. Prospective students and parents will have the chance to gather information about academic programs, student life, and the admissions process.” Campus tours will be available and program faculty will be on hand to discuss programs and answer questions. Information sessions, designed to help ease the transition to Ogeechee Tech, will explain the enrollment process, Financial Aid, and much more.

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      iGot campaign total on screen

The amount that resolved on the screen during Thursday afternoon’s iGot celebration, $406,790, represents a new cash record for the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign.

“It’s important to me for what the foundation does, which is scholarships, and to hear the passion that the teachers have, and when you talk to the students and hear the need,” said Russell Rosengart, the foundation’s president. “We offer over 50 scholarships a year through this funding. Also we buy technology, say for example in the medical department: C-arms, X-ray machines, sonography. It changes so rapidly, we provide leased equipment for them to train on.”

With funds raised through past campaigns, the foundation also purchased tractor-trailer trucks for the college’s Commercial Truck Driving program. For Ogeechee Tech’s new $10 million, almost 35,000-square-foot Workforce Training and Plant Operations Building, the state is funding the construction, now underway, but the OTC Foundation provided the site by buying land on the edge of the main campus and giving it to the state.

“But the main thing we do is scholarships, which enable students who might not have an opportunity to be able to pursue their dreams, better themselves and help themselves and their families, and for a lot of them there are some difficult stories,” Rosengart said. “You’ve got a lot of single moms, you’ve got single dads, you’ve got grandparents raising grandkids that are trying to better themselves. It’s heartwarming to see them succeed.”

Like other members of the foundation board, Rosengart is a volunteer in that role. In business, he owns the Sonic Drive-In franchise for restaurants in Statesboro and several other cities in southeast Georgia.

Over 100 volunteers

Not only the board members, but 134 volunteers in all helped with fundraising during the campaign that began Tuesday in Bulloch and Evans counties and a previous, Feb. 27, drive in Screven County, said OTC Resource Development Coordinator Jennifer Cornwell.

Volunteers visited many donors in person and phoned others, she said.

“We had a lot of good volunteers going out seeing a lot of local businesses and individuals, and everybody responded well, so we’re very happy with the result,” said OTC Vice President for College Advancement Barry Turner. “It allows us to do more scholarships, it helps with needs for additional equipment and just really any need that comes up at the college that we may not have funded through the state budget.”

Campaign volunteers, foundation members and OTC officials celebrated the announcement of the total at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau welcome center.

“I’m so appreciative to this community and our surrounding communities for coming through with their support again this year,” said Ogeechee Technical College President Lori Durden. “This money goes to help our students, with retention rates and completion rates. Sometimes it’s a matter of $200 that will keep a student enrolled and continuing on with their program toward graduation, and in the end it’s all about workforce development.”

Ogeechee Tech enrolled 2,708 students in credit courses during the 2017 academic year, according to its annual report. Enrollment is growing again so that this year’s total is now around 3,000 students, Turner said. Last year, the college awarded 1,333 technical certificates, 333 diplomas and 161 associate degrees in about 120 different programs of study.

The acronym iGot stands for “I Give to Ogeechee Tech.” Last year’s total was $397,752, so this year’s total was a 2 percent increase. The announced iGot campaign totals were $364,950 in 2016 and $352,748 in 2015.

Article and image courtesy of Statesboro Herald, written by Al Hackle

 

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Ogeechee Technical College Foundation volunteers will be calling on OTC supporters and potential new donors in Bulloch and Evans counties Tuesday during the annual iGOT campaign.
Pronounced “I got,” the acronym stands for “I Give to Ogeechee Tech.”
Last year’s campaign, targeted to supporters in the college’s official tri-county service area of Bulloch, Evans and Screven counties, raised $397,752. That set a recent record for cash giving, although some earlier years’ campaigns incorporated valuations of land gifts that resulted in higher totals. Screven County’s phase of the 2018 campaign has already been conducted, and the total from the entire service area will be announced Thursday afternoon.
Money raised by the foundation goes to scholarships, emergency funds for students, equipment leases and purchases, staff development activities and other vital support for the college’s academic mission, said OTC Vice President for College Advancement Barry Turner.
“One important way the foundation supports the college is through needed acquisitions,” Turner added.
In recent years, he notes, the OTC Foundation has assisted in the purchase of several new tractor-trailer trucks for the Commercial Truck Driving program.
The foundation also “leases equipment for the college’s Sonography and Radiologic Technology programs, and the college’s newest building, which is slated for completion in the fall, is on land purchased by the foundation and donated to the state,” Turner said.
Officials broke ground in November for the $10 million, almost 35,000-square-foot Workforce Training and Plant Operations Building. The state is funding construction of the building for Ogeechee Tech, which is part of the Technical College System of Georgia, but the local foundation provided the site adjoining the existing main campus.
Besides offering certificate, diploma and degree programs that meet workforce needs, Ogeechee Technical College contributes to the region’s economy and quality of life through dual-enrollment programs in local high schools, literacy and high-school equivalency GED education and support for new and existing industries, Turner said.
 
Popular programs
Ogeechee Tech enrolled 2,708 students in credit courses during the 2017 academic year, according to its annual report. Enrollment is growing again so that this year’s total is now around 3,000 students, Turner said. Last year, the college awarded 1,333 technical certificates, 333 diplomas and 161 associate degrees.
The college offers about 120 programs of study.
Its most popular program category is Health Sciences, with 1,130 students enrolled last year, followed by Business and Computer Information Systems with 574 students, Personal and Public Services with 479 students, and Industrial and Natural Resources programs with 401 students. Some students are enrolled in more than one program area.
“When you think about the many ways in which our graduates take care of the day-to-day needs of the citizens of this area, you begin to understand the impact the College has on all of our lives,” said OTC President Lori Durden. “In medical professions, public safety, food service, construction-related professions, information technology and in so many other areas, our graduates serve the citizens of this region and beyond.”
 
Call to give
Canvassing Bulloch and Evans on March 20, volunteers will offer businesses and individuals the opportunity to support the college through contributions to the foundation. Both monetary and in-kind contributions are appreciated, said Russell Rosengart, president of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation board.
“Ogeechee Tech is vital to the economic vitality of this area, and to the quality of life of our citizens, and I hope everyone feels led to support the foundation in helping Ogeechee Tech,” Rosengart said.
Anyone who wants to ensure that his or her name or business is on the list to be contacted may call the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation office at (912) 688-6098.

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Jennifer Radke, CEO/President of the National Institute for Social Media (NSIM) recently addressed Business Management and Funeral Service Education students at Ogeechee Technical College. The theme of the discussion was based around branding, as a company and an individual, via the use of various social media platforms.  Alex Harris, Business Management instructor, said, “Ms. Radke offered useful techniques to implement, and common blunders to avoid, as students attempt to utilize these ubiquitous marketing tools.”

NISM is a life-long community for professional development, continuing education and sharing best practices. Their website states, “We set the industry standards for social certification and offer industry leading educational programs in social media to help students prepare for the NISM Social Media Strategist certification. In addition, we offer on-going social media professional development conferences and seminars for educational institutions, corporations, agencies and non-profit organizations.”

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    Officials signing agreement

Officials of Briggs & Stratton, the Quick Start program and Ogeechee Technical College signed an agreement Tuesday for training more than 100 new employees Briggs’ Stateboro plant will hire as it begins building Vanguard V-Twin engines.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announced in October that it will bring production of the two-cylinder engines home to its plants here and in Auburn, Alabama. Previously, these engines were assembled in Japan in a joint venture with Daihatsu.

In 22 years of previous operation, the Statesboro plant built only single-cylinder engines, and Briggs has projected its investment to renovate and equip the plant for the new line at $18 million.

“We currently are looking for technicians on all shifts, and as we’ve already started moving this project along, we’ll be steadily adding people between now and November when the production starts up on the new line,” Plant Manager James Suchovsky said Tuesday.

He expressed thanks to Quick Start, Ogeechee Tech and the state as a whole for the training program, which he said “is really going to give us the ability to train the folks to be successful in all of these jobs.”

Customized training

Funded by the state of Georgia, the customized training will be provided free of charge to Briggs & Stratton. The Quick Start program operates as a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, or TCSG, and has its own instructors, independent of Ogeechee Tech and other colleges in the system.

Companies apply for Quick Start training as an incentive to job creation, and state officials consider the number and type of jobs created and the timeline in determining what projects qualify.

The state’s press release gave the number of jobs Briggs & Stratton is creating here as “approximately 107.” Not all of the hiring will be done by this fall. The new line will start up at about half capacity, and additional people will be hired probably into summer 2019, Suchovsky said.

This will boost the plant’s year-round work force to about 450 people, he said. Because demand for outdoor equipment engines is seasonal, the plant brings in additional workers when needed, and its workforce could expand during peak seasons to include more than 500 people.

The Statesboro plant has previously cast aluminum components for two-cylinder engines, but they were assembled in Auburn. Now the plant in Bulloch County’s Gateway Industrial Park will assemble the V-Twin small-block engines, ranging from 13 up to 23 horsepower, and will also make the aluminum castings needed for the larger-block V-Twin engines that will be assembled at the Auburn plant.

Varied skillsets

Quick Start’s customized training plan for Briggs includes a long list of topics, from pre-employment topics such as a company overview, shop math and engine theory to job-specific skills. Some workers will need training to work in the die-cast department; others, to work with assembly robots.

Quick Start will assign three or four instructors from its Savannah office to teach many of these skills and will bring in several other instructors from Atlanta as needed to provide specialized training, said Barry Grove, training coordinator with Quick Start. Training is expected to occur through 2018 and 2019.

Suchovsky, TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Quick Start Jackie Rohosky and Ogeechee Technical College President Lori Durden signed the training agreement in front of a little audience that included reporters.

This is the Briggs plant’s fourth time receiving training for employees through a Georgia Quick Start project, Suchovsky noted.

OTC’s role

Ogeechee Tech, whose main campus is about two miles from the factory, has a different role. Briggs & Stratton has hired people out of the college’s industrial maintenance program, noted Suchovsky. He also called an industrial lab with Amatrol training stations that was set up on the  OTC campus a few years  ago ““very instrumental … to help develop the skillsets that we need.”

Durden noted that Suchovsky had input on establishing the lab and that Briggs & Stratton donated money to the OTC Foundation to equip it.

“Quick Start does their initial wave of training for this new run, and it’s our job to kind of take up  the torch after Quick Start  has completed this training plan,” Durden said after the ceremony. “We’re in it for the long haul with this company, and it’s our job to make sure that our programs and our graduates have the skills that this company needs to continue to fill their positions.”

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The Student Leadership Council of Ogeechee Technical College, along with volunteers from the Student Affairs team, recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive at the College. 24 total units were collected, including 20 whole blood units and 4 Power Red (Double Red Cell) units.

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     ambulance simulator

Ogeechee Technical College recently purchased a state-of-the-art ambulance simulator for the Paramedicine program, which includes Paramedic, Advanced EMT, and EMT students. For students and licensed medics, simulation can be the greatest learning tool aside from actual reality. Performing required skills on task trainers, simple manikins, and even advanced "live-simulation" allows students to gain hands-on experience with scenarios that they will encounter on the job. According to Program Director Josh Kaiser, the ambulance simulator puts the students in the environment where they spend most of their time delivering care and gives them the opportunity to become comfortable with their work environment. Video cameras and audio equipment allow the instructor to give direction from a remote location while also allowing other students to watch the simulation. Paramedicine faculty and students are very excited to begin using the simulator.

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opticianry students and faculty at capitol building

Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) Opticianry Program Director, Deborah DeLoach, and students, Dallas Anderson and Brandi Irby, recently traveled to the Georgia State Capitol to participate in an eyewear tune-up event sponsored by the Opticians Association of Georgia. Along with students from Georgia Piedmont Technical College, OTC students cleaned glasses and performed adjustments for visitors to the Capitol. Governor Nathan Deal proclaimed January 2018 Opticians Month in Georgia to recognize the role that opticians fulfill in promoting the importance of proper eye care and healthy vision. Pictured above from left to right are Brandy Irby, Deborah DeLoach, and Dallas Anderson.

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Adult Education faculty and staff with children at event

The Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education program participated in Bulloch County Schools' Math Night, held at Luetta Moore Park, and Real Men and Women Read Across America Day at Sallie Zetterower Elementary School. Adult Education Instructors, Nancy Holt and Sharon Ellis, worked with students on various math skills through fun games and activities. Ellis said, “Math is a subject of adventure.  Having a firm foundation in basic math, gives students confidence in other areas of education and life.” Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education, read to Pre-K students in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday for Read Across America Day. Dean Smith said, "Strong literacy skills are vital for student success.  Real Men and Women Read Across America promotes reading for students, but also encourages reading for adults. No matter the age, students who read, succeed.” The events were coordinated by Bulloch County Schools' Family and Parent Engagement Coordinators, Sharon Wilkins and Leslie Andujar.

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Business Management Students at City Campus

Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Business Management program recently had the opportunity to visit the Business Innovation Group (BIG) headquartered at Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) City Campus in downtown Statesboro. According to GSU’s website regarding BIG, “our focus is to provide our students and the community with the skills and training necessary to understand business principles, to experience how businesses operate, and to successfully launch a new business enterprise.”  Suzanne Hallman, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Education, provided students with a tour of the facilities, the background of the program, and information regarding the widespread resources available to the community.  One of the highlights of the visit was touring the FabLab, where ideas can become prototypes with the use of various tools, such as 3D printers.  Business Management instructor, Alex Harris, stated that “This wonderful, local resource is right at the fingertips of any hopeful entrepreneur. Statesboro is fortunate to have access to such facilities and expertise.” 
 

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Ogeechee Tech students volunteer at food bank

The Ogeechee Technical College Student Leadership Council (SLC) recently sponsored, prepared, and served meals for about 325 people through the First United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen. Twenty-five volunteers representing the organization, as well as faculty and staff from Student Affairs, the Business Office, and programs such as Echocardiography, Radiologic Technology, Dental Assisting, Business Management, Accounting, and Construction Management, in addition to the Student Veterans Association, participated. Paper, pens, hygiene products, and fruit were donated as well.

Ogeechee on the Go is the name of Ogeechee Technical College’s community service initiative.  OTC students and employees routinely participate in projects designed to support worthwhile causes within the community.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc. will hold its annual iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign in Bulloch and Evans Counties on March 20. The Screven campaign will be held on February 27. iGot raises funds to support Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), and its official delivery area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven County, although the College serves students from other counties as well.

More than 100 volunteers will take to the streets to solicit support from local businesses for the 2018 campaign. The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation raises funds to benefit OTC in numerous ways. Student scholarships, emergency funds for students, equipment leases and purchases for academic programs, staff development activities, and other vital support for the College is provided through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors.

Local volunteers will canvas the counties, offering the opportunity for businesses and individuals to support the College through contributions to the Foundation. Monetary and in-kind support are appreciated, according to Ogeechee Technical College Foundation board president, Russell Rosengart. “Ogeechee Tech is vital to the economic vitality of this area, and to the quality of life of our citizens. The Foundation allows the College to better serve its constituency and we are very grateful for the support of the community,” said Rosengart.

Anyone who wants to ensure their name is on the list to be contacted may call the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation office at (912) 688-6098. In addition, anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the campaign should call the same number. Ogeechee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and is an equal opportunity institution. 

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     new director on local board

Dr. Barbara Christmas Golden, a native of Reidsville, was recently appointed to the Ogeechee Technical College Local Board of Directors. Golden is a retired educator and is Past Chair of the Georgia Southern University Foundation.  She earned her B.S., M.Ed. and Ed.S. Degrees from Georgia Southern University and was selected to participate in the Principals’ Institute at Harvard University as well as the Leadership Institute for Principals at Oxford University.  She received her doctorate from Nova University.

In 2009, Barbara was named “Alumna of the Year” for Georgia Southern University.  A few years earlier, she was named "Alumna of the Year" for GSU’s School of Education.

Barbara has served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and elected local school board member.  As principal, Barbara led two schools which were named "Georgia Schools of Excellence.” St. Marys Elementary was named a “National School of Excellence” under her leadership.

Various leadership roles have given her a unique perspective of educational issues.  Barbara served as president of three statewide professional associations and as Vice Chair of the Georgia School Improvement Panel during Governor Zell Miller’s administration.

Barbara was one of 30 educators chosen nationwide to serve as a resource participant to meet with the nation’s governors and top business CEO’s at the 1996 National Educational Summit in Palisades, New York.

In 2003, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders awarded Barbara the Fulbright Distinguished Service Award, considered the most prestigious honor given to a Georgia school administrator.

For nine years, Barbara served as head of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the state’s largest education association, which now has more than 90,000 members. She also served as President of the PAGE Foundation, sponsor of the state STAR Student/STAR Teacher program.

Barbara served as CEO of the Tech High Foundation in Atlanta and as founding CEO of Tech High School, a charter school which served inner-city youth in downtown Atlanta.

Most recently, Barbara served as founding CEO of Southeastern Early College and Career Academy located on the campus of Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia.  This career academy was the first regional charter school in Georgia established by a partnership of four rural school districts and a technical college. .

She has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Southern University Foundation, and the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee of Statesboro First United Methodist Church.

Barbara is married to Bill Golden and resides in Statesboro.

Ogeechee Technical College’s Local Board of Directors functions in an advisory capacity, as well as serving as ambassadors for the College. Representatives from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, the three counties in the College’s service delivery area, serve on the Board. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Golden to our board,” said Lori Durden, Ogeechee Tech President. “Her commitment to education and this community is unwavering.”

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The Lucas-Nülle equipment is state of the art and enables us to prepare our students for a wide range of industrial applications,” says a delighted Norm Threatt, Technical Trainer for Electrical Systems at Ogeechee Technical College in Georgia. “Our students’ skill levels have improved greatly thanks to the new laboratory, making them better prepared for the labour market.” In cooperation with Lucas-Nülle, the technical college has installed training systems for robotics, CNC machines and material flow systems. In this way, Ogeechee has responded to requests from its industrial partners, who had found an increased need for training workers in the area of automation technology.

Dr Ryan Foley, the technical college’s Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, gives the following explanation: “If an important component of a system develops a fault or stops working, the entire production operation can come to a tandstill. At times like this, whoever can put this machine back into operation ecomes the most important person in the whole company.” In order to respond to the requests from industrial partners, the Ogeechee team drew up a precise set of requirements and used them to scan the entire market. At the end of the process, the decision went in favour of Lucas-Nülle.

“LN was a very reliable partner throughout he entire project duration. The training on the machines carried out by Lucas-Nülle engineer Daniel Steinert was very helpful. And the good level of support continues to this day,” says Threatt, praising the project. “We are really thrilled about how the Lucas-Nülle systems have enhanced our laboratory.”

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Catherine Groover, Ogeechee Technical College High School Coordinator, and Bill Worthington, Agribusiness Instructor at the College, are pictured above at the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) conference. Groover, Worthington, and Molly Bickerton, Director of Admissions, attended the annual meeting, held at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, and represented Ogeechee Tech and the College’s Agribusiness program.  GSCA is committed to educating their membership to the many career opportunities available to students through technical education. The goal is to promote colleges to the counselors in the area, highlight the wide variety and diversity of our programs, and spotlight affordability as well as the benefits of the Dual Enrollment and the HOPE Career Grant.

 

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Terry Hand

Terry Hand, Information Technology Instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently named the College’s 2018 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction recipient. The award is an annual, statewide competition that honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. Started in 1991, this honor recognizes technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through service, innovation, and leadership in their field. 
 
Hand, who has been an instructor at the College since 2003, will go on to represent the College at the Rick Perkins regional competition. He received a check from the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, a plaque, and a reserved parking space for a year.

Hand said, “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to work at Ogeechee Tech. I grew up in a home of educators and got to witness the true impact of education. My mom was a high-school math instructor and on a daily basis, I would see her excitement, her passion, and her joy in knowing she was making a difference. I grew up wanting to find a career where I could make a difference. TCSG gives me the tools, support, and vision to make this dream a reality and I cannot wait to be able to share my story with others.”

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     Jennifer Oglesby

Jennifer Oglesby, an adjunct English instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently presented with the 2018 Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award at the Spring Faculty/Staff meeting. The award honors an outstanding part-time instructor who makes significant contributions to the College through teaching, service, and leadership in their field. Oglesby’s nomination read, “She is a great teacher. She can explain things in a way that students can understand and she will always meet with you one on one after class if she needs to. I could not have made the grade that I did without her help. She always goes above and beyond, and strives to make learning fun. She ensures that you get it and is always willing to answer questions, always available, and truly wants to see her students succeed. She is a very caring and fabulous instructor. She is just the best.” Congratulations, Jennifer!

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    Susan Williams

Susan Williams, Accounting Technician at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently named the 2018 Support Staff of the Year at the Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting. This award recognizes and honors an outstanding employee who has made significant contributions to the mission and success of Ogeechee Technical College and brings attention to the importance of support personnel. Of Williams’ multiple nominations, one read, “Have you ever had anyone that you could count on no matter what? Well, this is your person. She is always gracious, patient, and willing to help and is truly a supporter of the faculty and staff. She is a true gem!” Congratulations, Susan!

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   Michael Danis

DEERFIELD, ILL. — January 11, 2018— Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Educational Trust has announced two new recipients of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 each. The winners are Michael Danis of Pooler, GA and Ryan Essington of Westmont, IL. This scholarship is sponsored by Batesville Casket Company and was created to meet the educational needs of the increasing number of second-career professionals entering independent funeral service seeking positions as funeral directors and future leaders.

Michael Danis, enrolled in the Funeral Service Program at Ogeechee Technical College, will graduate in August 2018. Currently employed at Gamble Funeral Service in Savannah, GA, Danis plans to continue his employment there after graduation. Danis comes to the funeral profession after working 20 years in the hospitality industry.

“Ed Gamble of Gamble Funeral Service has become a friend and mentor to me,” said Danis. “His high standards, values and attention to detail have encouraged me to be the best I can be. This is one reason I would always prefer to work with an independent funeral home. I feel an independent firm provides the best personal care that each family deserves.”

Ryan Essington, a full-time student at the Worsham College of Mortuary Science, expects to graduate in March 2018. Essington spent nearly 10 years working professionally in Christian ministry and currently works as a Student Funeral Assistant at Modell Funeral Home in Darien, IL.

“I selected funeral service as my career because I know that it will make an impact in the lives of people,” said Essington. “While some may consider life in funeral service somewhat dark and morbid, I believe it is a profession that celebrates the lives of people, honoring their
dignity and memory even after death and offering hope to the living.”

After graduation, Essington hopes to continue working at Modell as an Apprentice Funeral Director.

“I look forward to utilizing my talents to help enhance Modell’s business model to include even more personalized service and to grow their clientele through my relationship model with the local church,” said Essington.

Since the award was first launched in late 2010, the Board of Trustees have awarded 33 Second-Career Scholarships to deserving individuals seeking a career in funeral service.

More information on scholarship parameters, as well as the official application and complete list of previous winners visit the website. The Second-Career Scholarship is one of several programs of the Selected Educational Trust, which was founded by Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a worldwide professional association of independent, locally-owned funeral homes founded in 1917. By creating the program, the Trust hopes to attract and assist future practitioners interested in entering the profession.

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    Shenavian Holloway

Shenavian Holloway, Student Affairs Assistant in the Admissions Department at Ogeechee Technical College, was presented the Diamond Award at the Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting. The Diamond Award recognizes and honors an exceptional employee who goes the extra mile and exemplifies excellence in such things as customer service, innovation, improved efficiency, a positive attitude, teamwork, community service, and exemplary service to the College. Her nomination application read, “Shenavian exemplifies the mission and vision of OTC. She is dedicated to helping each student that comes into her office, and she gives them the undivided attention they deserve. Additionally, when a coworker is hit with a life hurdle, Navi makes sure they have the support they need to make it through. She takes pride in leading our work study students, and is a great example for these students during a critical transitional time.” Congratulations, Navi!

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    Alexis Cribb

Upon first glance, Alexis Cribb seems like many new college students. She’s sweet and smiles a lot. She’s courteous and has the proverbial stars in her eyes about her future. After talking with her at length though, you know Alexis is different. She’s the kind of student most of us probably wish we could have been. She’s driven and focused. She knows exactly what she wants to do when she graduates from college and she knows exactly the path she’s taking to get there. That path is technical education.

Alexis was first introduced to Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) when she was in high school. Enrolled in Dual Enrollment classes at OTC and Georgia Southern University, the teenager took various core classes as well as a mechatronics class. A chance meeting with someone related to her mom’s job made her consider the field of echocardiography. She met a second person who was also related to echo. This time it was Capre Mitchell, Echocardiography instructor at Ogeechee Technical College. Alexis said, “I met two people from the same field and I just felt like it had to be a sign.”  About Cribb, Mitchell said, “Alexis is a very bright, inquisitive student who I expect to go far in this field.“ Cribb researched the competitive admissions program and decided echocardiography was where she wanted to be.

Alexis says, “We live in a society that places high value on four-year degrees, and some people think if we’re not choosing a university, it’s a waste of talent. I don’t find that to be true at all. College definitely isn’t one-size-fits-all.” Alexis, who was Valedictorian of her graduating class at Statesboro High School, says technical college may not be something most people in her position might consider, instead opting for a traditional university experience. Yet for Alexis, technical college was her first choice. She said, “I love school and I love challenges. I would have done well at a traditional university but I was looking for a viable, in-demand career. The other options I considered were not a good fit for me.” Alexis says she likes the financial benefit a degree from a Technical College System of Georgia school will give her. She finds comfort in knowing she won’t start her career with debt and she knows she won’t struggle to find a job in her field. At just 19 years old, she knows and understands the importance of a highly-skilled, trained workforce, and the impact the workforce has on communities. She also knows the vital importance of classroom learning, taught by instructors with real world experience, coupled with hands-on training in labs and at clinical sites.

Alexis says she is excited for a career in the medical field that will allow her to support and submerge herself in various countries and cultures. She wants to be able to minister to others spiritually, as well as physically.  “We just started clinical rotations,” Alexis said, smiling. “It’s all starting to make sense. Everything is starting to make sense. I can’t wait to start my life and be able to use my new knowledge to assist people. I’m looking forward to being able to better the lives of my future patients.” It’s very likely she will do exactly that!

 

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Jennifer Witherington, Senior Academic Dean at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently presented with the Leadership Award at the Spring Faculty Staff Meeting. Her nomination read, “She is a great leader. She aspires to be the leader that pushes her team to be the best they can be. She articulates a clear vision through strategic planning and believes in teamwork.” Witherington has held various positions at the College, including faculty member, dean, and was recently promoted to Senior Academic Dean. She said, “I think everyone deserves the opportunity to find what they’re good at and keep getting better. I hope my team would tell you that they are motivated to accomplish more because I believe in them and I want to work with them, as a team.” Congratulations, Dean Witherington!

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Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) has started the second half of the academic year, and is sharing an update on their Evans County initiatives. Ogeechee Tech President, Lori Durden, announced the hiring of Sherrie Collins, a full-time high school coordinator based at Claxton High School, a position made possible by a very generous donation by the Strickland Foundation of Evans County. Collins coordinates campus tours, meets with students and parents, and holds information sessions to help Claxton High and Pinewood students map out their educational paths through Georgia’s Dual Enrollment program. The program allows qualified high school students to jump start their college education and career training by taking free courses that earn high school and college credit at the same time.

Currently there are 44 students from Claxton High School and 19 from Pinewood Christian Academy attending Ogeechee Tech in the Dual Enrollment program. That number has increased in the last year and an even more significant increase is a trend President Durden says she would love to see. “Any qualified student should take part in this amazing program. Not only does it give students an idea of college classwork and campus life, allowing a more seamless transition after graduation, but more importantly, it improves student outcomes and greatly benefits our communities.” Durden says other benefits of the program are reduction in high school dropout rates, improved motivation from students to excel in their classes, a decrease in the cost to parents and students of post-secondary education by reducing the number of years to earn a diploma, certificate, or degree, and an increase in academic opportunities to rural areas.

Dr. Marty Waters, Superintendent of Evans County Schools said, “The Evans County School System has a goal of increasing the number of graduates who are college and career ready. Our partnership with Ogeechee Technical College is critical to meeting that goal.  We are working collaboratively to expand our career pathway offerings on the campus of Claxton High School as well as to provide a shuttle bus to the OTC campus to open as many options as possible for our students. Our target is to have 100% of our seniors graduate with a high school diploma and technical degree/certification or 15 hours of college credit in the next five years.”

Collins says she has noticed an increase in the level of interest in dual enrollment through Ogeechee Tech. She said, “There is a desire from administration to increase offerings of dual enrollment courses to students. It helps to have a representative from OTC in Evans County who is accessible to students, parents and school personnel."

President Durden says planning is underway for the 2018-19 school year, as well. She explained, “At Claxton High School, we are reviewing credentials for an in-house math instructor to teach semester long courses. We also plan to offer an additional English class or classes to meet the state requirements for students. These core math and English courses are the building blocks to most all degrees and are transferable to every technical college and university in Georgia. The more students who enroll and successfully complete these courses, the better the chance that they will continue on to college after high school graduation. This is essential for raising education attainment levels in Evans County. We hope to add additional Evans County high school students on the OTC campus with transportation accommodations, as well.”

Dr. Ryan Foley, Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Ogeechee Tech, said, “I'm very excited about the continued partnerships we have with Evans County Schools and Pinewood Christian Academy. These partners understand the importance of giving their students options to accelerate their college careers and take advantage of dual enrollment funding. It's a win-win partnership for all involved.”

In addition to OTC’s high school initiatives in Evans County, the College operates an Adult Education program on its Hagan campus, where GED and literacy training takes place. The College’s Commercial Truck Driving program is also housed on the Hagan campus, where a driving range is located, in addition to classroom space. One of the College’s newest programs, Heavy Diesel Service Technician, will be located in Hagan as well, once renovations are completed to a structure on the site. “We love Evans County and want to continue to build relationships there, and to help support the educational needs of the area,” said Durden. "We know that an educated workforce is a primary driver of economic development, and we want to continue to be a partner with Evans County to facilitate development.”

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Ogeechee Technical College's Adult Education Program recently participated in a literacy event at Bird Mobile Home Park. Hosted by Peach State Health Plan, and the Bulloch County Schools Student and Family Engagement Coordinator, the event provided health services, ESL class opportunities, books, and other resources to the community. Eastern Seals of Southern Georgia, Restoring the Breach, East Georgia Healthcare, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were also involved in providing services and opportunities. Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education said, “Collaborations change communities and we are always excited to share Ogeechee Technical College with the citizens in our communities.” 

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Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education students on the Hagan Campus recently participated in a Résumé Workshop. The highlight of the workshop was when students visited the computer lab to write their résumés. Stacy Davis, Transition Specialist, said, “The Adult Education Program strives to help students become college and career ready so that they can compete and succeed in today’s workforce.” To learn more about the Adult Education Program at Ogeechee Tech, visit ogeecheetech.edu/adult or call 912.871.1721.

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Robert Woodie, Ogeechee Technical College’s 2018 GOAL winner, will graduate in May with two diplomas but then plans to continue at OTC for his associate degree.

Meanwhile, he received a $250 cash prize as the school-level Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership representative and will have the opportunity to win a new automobile if he emerges as the statewide winner.

Computer Information Systems instructor Terry Hand nominated Woodie for GOAL. The college, the OTC Foundation and the Student Leadership Council saluted both of them and three other finalists at a reception Wednesday evening. The state GOAL winner becomes a spokesperson for technical college education in Georgia.

“He’s a remarkable student, and when we see a remarkable student, we try to push them in things like GOAL,” Hand said. “GOAL is a great chance to get up there, speak to the Legislature. We want to get funding for the colleges, and the winner of this has a chance to go do that.”

Just last year, Hand said, he ran into four or five OTC graduates who positively impacted his daily life, from those who work in hospitals to people who fixed his air-conditioning and his computer. The GOAL winner has a chance to share that message with the state and its leadership.

“Overwhelmed and overjoyed,” was how Woodie described his reaction to the award.

“It’s extremely nerve-racking going up into this, and now it’s just a huge piece of relief and I feel like it’s going to just be easier from here,” he said.

Two diplomas ahead

Woodie’s diplomas will be from the Radiology PACS Specialist and Networking Specialist tracks. Both are information technology programs involving computers. PACS, or Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, specialists work in hospitals, archiving images from procedures such as CT scans and making them available electronically to physicians.

The PACS Specialist program at Ogeechee Tech is actually being phased out, but students will continue to learn similar skills in a reorganized information technology program, Hand said.

Woodie, 22, hails from Rincon in Effingham County, where he was home schooled. His parents, Tom Woodie and Lisa Woodie, and his younger sister, Ashton, attended the ceremony, and older sister Caitlin completes the family.

He has been attending Ogeechee Tech for about two years to get this far in his studies, and an associate degree is at most a year away, he said.

Woodie is a member of the National Technical Honor Society.

“It’s all about promoting excellence inside of education and getting good grades and working hard,” he said of this organization.

Besides excelling in his classes, Woodie competes as part of the college’s SkillsUSA teams in information technology and Quiz Bowl.  Engaging in competitions testing occupation-related skills, Ogeechee Tech’s SkillsUSA group in IT alone has garnered three gold medals and several other medals in the last five years, Hand said.

Woodie is also a leader in Out to Conquer, an “e-sports” or electronic gaming organization on campus. On computers this group mainly plays League of Legends, but has branched out into a number of board games.

“It’s mainly a good place for people to go and decompress at school, because a lot of us commute,” he said.

Winning tradition

In the past 10 years, Ogeechee Tech has produced three statewide GOAL winners and two statewide first runners-up.  That’s either a top or second-place finish 50 percent of the time, as OTC President Lori Durden told this year’s nominees and their guests. All 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia are eligible to nominate students for GOAL.

“Students, I am extremely proud of each and every one of you, and you should be proud of yourselves too, because you may not know it, but you are among some really good company when it comes to being a GOAL student here at Ogeechee Tech,” Durden said.

OTC’s state winners were Laura “Molly” Bickerton, from the Radiologic Technology program, in 2008; Alvie Coes III, from Funeral Service Education, in 2011; and Lucas “Luke” Teague, also in Funeral Service Education, in 2014. The first runners-up were Stuart Gregory, dual-majoring in Networking Specialist and Computer Support Specialist, in 2013; and Melissa Behling, also in Radiologic Technology, in 2016.

Chosen from 10 nominees,  the other finalists for Ogeechee Tech’s 2018 GOAL award were Tyler Chase, nominated by instructor Jan Martin in Radiologic Technology; Brady Cliett, nominated by instructor Charlie Collins in Construction Management; and Brandi Irby, nominated by instructor Deborah Deloach in Opticianry.

The OTC Foundation provided them each a $50 cash prize.               

Nominated students gave a speech and answered questions for a screening committee of five OTC staff members. Then the finalists repeated the process for a selection committee of five people from outside the college, who chose the winner.

Woodie will compete against GOAL winners from seven other colleges in regional competition Feb. 27, where three finalists will be chosen to compete at the state level. Then all college winners can also attend the April 24-25 statewide event, where the nine finalists from three regions will compete for the state award, explained Cindy Phillips, now Ogeechee Tech’s GOAL coordinator.

 

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Instructors and students from the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Technical College, along with employees from the College’s Student Affairs department, recently honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in activities in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties. Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education, said, "It's important for the Adult Education program to support the activities and events in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties. We not only want to provide instruction to our students, but we also want to celebrate with them, their families, and communities."

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Justin Goodman, instructor in Ogeechee Technical College’s Continuing Education Industrial Maintenance Program, and Kathleen Kosmoski, OTC’s Director for Continuing Education and Industry Training, recently visited Statesboro High School to address CTAE students about the College’s Industrial Maintenance Fast-track program. Goodman is picture above with a Skills Boss Assessment Trainer, one of the many state-of-the-art training pieces that are part of the lab, located on the College’s main campus. Goodman and Kosmoski spoke to the 18 students about opportunities available in the fast-track program and career paths in manufacturing. “This really is one of the fastest training programs I know of that can result in a good job right away,” said Kosmoski. “Industrial maintenance is perfect for someone who is mechanically inclined, who likes working with their hands, and who wants a steady job with any variety of exceptional industries.”

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Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Dental Assisting program recently partnered with local dentist, Dr. Marz, East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, and Hearts and Hands Clinic to provide as much dental care to as many people as possible. “A Gift of Dentistry” was held at Premier Dental Wellness, and was open to  anyone 18 or older in need of dental care.

There was no charge for treatment, which consisted of one cleaning, one filling or one extraction. It was offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  See the entire story here http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/83110/

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The auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building at Ogeechee Technical College was the site of a pinning ceremony held recently for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiography Classes of 2017. Each student received their pins, which can be proudly worn as an outward sign of completing their program of study at Ogeechee Tech. Each student was individually recognized as they crossed the stage to receive their pin. Students and their families were invited to a reception following the ceremony.

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Students from the Business Management program at Ogeechee Technical College recently visited the Georgia Ports Authority and Gulfstream this past October and November, respectively. Business Management instructor, Alex Harris, said, “The trips were in the plans for quite a few months, so it was wonderful to see them realized.”  The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) trip included a police-escorted bus ride along the port with GPA’s Manager of Communications, who provided an array of details about what the students were seeing.  Students were especially interested in the job of loading containers onto the ship from the port, partially due to the annual salary. Harris stated, “The port epitomizes organizational skills at the highest level.” 

Harris said the Gulfstream visit was equally engaging and started with a human resources panel discussion where members from each area spoke about their duties and responsibilities.  Following the informative, hour-long discussion, students were taken to see a timeline illustrating Gulfstream’s evolution, along with one of the production facilities, tasked with assembling the company’s aviation delights. Harris said, “These aircrafts display great detail and a degree of customization, which is to be expected with price tags easily exceeding $100 million.“ Harris says return trips are tentatively in the works for Fall 2018.

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Delano Collins, Chief Information Officer with EDTS, a technology consulting firm serving Augusta and surrounding areas, recently spoke to students in the Computer Information Systems/Information Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College.  Terry Hand, Computer Information Systems instructor at Ogeechee Tech, said Collins shared insight and helpful tips about EDTS and possible future employment opportunities for graduates. Collins also discussed job hunting strategies in the field of information technology, including technical skills necessary to succeed.

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Students from the Chefs Tony Pisacano and Bryan Richard’s Culinary Arts program, were named the winners in the F1rst Friday Chili Town Cook Off.  The instructors, along with students, Natalie Flott, Victoria Kennedy, and Melody Jones, represented the Culinary Arts program. The picture above shows Brian Jordan, former professional baseball player with the Atlanta Braves, former football player with the Atlanta Falcons, and current Emmy Award winning sports analyst, presenting the Ogeechee Tech team with “Best Overall Chili” trophy. The contest, open to organizations, businesses, or individuals is part of the Downtown Statesboro Holiday Celebration and is organized by the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Congratulations, Culinary Arts!

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The Ogeechee Technical College Radiologic Technology Class of 2017 recently celebrated their academic accomplishments at a pinning ceremony held at the College. 13 students were individually recognized as their family, friends, and college administration looked on. 2013 Ogeechee Tech graduate, Ken Durden, R.T. (R) of East Georgia Regional Medical Center was the guest speaker. The Academic Achievement award of Excellence was presented to Ben Olson, and Zachary Phillips was awarded the Student Radiographer of the Year Award, voted on by clinical education setting personnel. Durden was named Clinical Instructor of the Year and Radiographer of the Year was presented to Kerri Knight, R.T. (R). Knight is a 2013 OTC graduate at works at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. To learn more about the Radiologic Technology program, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/radtech

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Taylor Riner of Statesboro has been chosen to represent Ogeechee Technical College at the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) Leadership Institute to be held in Atlanta in March 2018. The Leadership Institute, a two-day event, not only recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs, but also provides them with sessions to develop leadership skills.

Taylor, who attends Adult Education classes held at the Statesboro Regional Library, was nominated by her instructor, Julie Strickland. Strickland said, “In the time that I have known Taylor, I have seen her begin to blossom from a timid, socially-awkward teen into a self-aware young woman. She excels in class due to her dedication and studies; asks direct and insightful questions; requests additional practice, help, and tutoring; and makes attending class a priority for herself.  At the same time, she is exceedingly humble and grateful. Taylor is thoughtful to her classmates, expresses personal interest in the class community, and exhibits good manners and professional soft skills. Taylor was surprised and excited to be nominated and will represent our program well.”

Taylor was chosen by judges at a local competition recently held at the College. Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education at Ogeechee Tech stated, “I am so proud of all of my students, but for Taylor, having the distinction of being nominated as the EAGLE Delegate for OTC's Adult Education Program allows her to see that she is capable of so much more than even she could imagine. I believe that this is the push she needs that will help her achieve all of her goals.”
Riner said the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Tech is helping her gain self-confidence, self-discipline, social and professional skills, and a better understanding of math and grammar. She said, “These classes have challenged and stimulated me and given me a focus and a purpose.” Riner wants to continue her education and find her dream job in the hospitality and tourism field and she looks forward to using her enthusiasm for adult education to inspire others to reach their goals in life.

The EAGLE program was established in 1993 and has recognized more than 1600 distinguished students across Georgia. It is sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia through the Office of Adult Education. Ogeechee Technical College operates Adult Education programs in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties.

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The 15th annual Santa’s Toy Run toy drive kicked off Saturday at Ogeechee Technical College. Motorcycle riders from the community were encouraged to participate in the ride around Bulloch County that ended in downtown Statesboro. Riders were asked to bring an unwrapped toy or monetary donation to help needy families who might not be able to purchase toys for Christmas. This is the 5th year the ride has originated at the College. See more information about the drive at http://www.statesboroherald.com/section/1/article/82797/

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Ogeechee Technical College has been named a 2018 Military Friendly School by Victoria Media. The annual list recognizes higher education institutions that exhibit practices to support military students. Schools receive the distinction by qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment, scoring algorithm, and auditing procedure. Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden, said, “The College is committed to continuing its long-standing practice of supporting both military students and their spouses. We are dedicated to helping them enhance their lives and the workforce development needs of the community and are ever grateful for their service to our country.”

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Contractor crews had real groundwork underway when officials ceremonially turned shovels Wednesday on Ogeechee Technical College’s sixth major building, the $10 million, almost 35,000-square-foot Workforce Training and Plant Operations Building.

The site for what is expected to be OTC’s last major building for a while is across Joe Kennedy Boulevard behind the original heart of the campus on U.S. Highway 301. International City Builders of Macon is building it on a design by Collins Cooper Carusi Architects of Atlanta. Construction is projected to be complete in time for classes in January 2019.

“The Technical College System of Georgia prides itself on being very agile and responsive to the needs of the industries and businesses across this state, and this project is a great example of that,” said OTC President Lori Durden.

Several years ago managers of area industries – Durden called them industry partners – came to Ogeechee Tech’s leadership with a concern.  The industries’ maintenance technicians were starting to age out and retire, and the managers did not see younger workers coming along with the skills to take their place.

“So we went to work to solve that problem with them,” Durden said.

Three labs in the new building will be dedicated to the solution, housing the college’s industrial systems and mechatronics programs, she said.

A mechatronics lab, like a miniature, automated assembly line at tabletop level, was installed in the college’s Natural Resources Building last December.  Several industries in Bulloch, Evans and Screven counties and two development authorities gave money to buy the equipment. Then the college launched an Industrial Maintenance Fast-Track course in January.

Industrial systems

But the 12-week fast-track course is a continuing education program without college credit. A new Industrial Systems Diploma program, slated to start fall semester 2018, will incorporate industrial maintenance skills, Durden said. It will start in the existing lab and be moved, along with the lab equipment, to the new building when it is completed, officials said.

Plans also call for moving OTC’s electrical labs to the building.

The industrial systems program, like all the other for-credit programs planned for the building, will be tuition-free for students who qualify for the HOPE Career Grant, Durden said. Directed at high-demand careers, this grant provides a higher level of funding than the regular HOPE.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin noted that five additional programs have recently been made HOPE Career Grant-eligible statewide. She did this while expressing thanks to legislators and Gov. Nathan Deal.

“They continue to champion technical education and have recently announced the addition of five programs to the existing 12 programs within the technical colleges that are HOPE Career Grant-eligible: aviation, automotive, construction, electrical line working, and excitingly for this facility, logistics,” Corbin said.

With the ongoing expansion of Savannah’s port, the college is seeing much more interest in logistics, Durden said. Logistics is the science of supplying what is needed through transportation and storage.

Existing programs slated to use the new building are those leading to the Electrical Systems Technology and Industrial Electrical Technology diplomas, the Basic Electrical Technician, Commercial Wiring, Photovoltaic Systems Technician, Programmable Control Technician and Basic Mechatronics Specialist certificates, and the Logistics Management and Logistics and Supply Chain Management   associate degrees.

Additionally, the college’s own central receiving and plant operations support services, now housed in several places around campus, are slated to be moved to the new, permanent building.

Foundation gave

The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation bought the land and donated it to the college, Durden noted, thanking foundation supporters.

Corbin, Durden and Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore, who is also Ogeechee Tech’s vice president for economic development, also thanked the area’s legislative delegation for securing funding for the construction.

Rep. Jan Tankersley, R-Brooklet, Rep. Jon Burns, R- Newington, and Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville, attended the ceremony. Tankersley noted that Rep. Butch Parrish, R-Swainsboro, was also supportive.

“When I’m in communities and a delegation has worked so hard, it’s really easy to say thank you, but I want to tell you what your legislators did,” Corbin said. “Your legislators saw a need, they saw the opportunity that the foundation had provided and the opportunity to run with it.”

Burns is House majority leader, and Hill chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee. But the funding did not breeze through the legislative process, Tankersley indicated in her remarks.

Funding ‘not easy’

“Lobbying for funding even for very worthwhile projects such as the ones that we’ve seen out here is not easy, and there are slippery slopes along the way, and this project hit a slippery slope, but as you would expect of us and we would expect of one another, we all came together and the money was approved,” Tankersley said.

Moore said the value of the building “will ultimately be measured in the opportunities that it brings to our community, our county and the two additional counties that we serve.”

Bulloch County commissioners Chairman Roy Thompson said he remembers when Ogeechee Tech’s first building was built.

“And now ride through the campus and see what we have out here,” Thompson said. “But the main thing is the job opportunities that are now here, will be here, have been here for people who want to work to come in and further their lives and be able to support their families.”

Set for a while

This will probably be the college’s last big building for some years to come, Durden acknowledged after the ceremony.

“After this building we’ll be in excellent shape to take care of our existing enrollment,” she said. “We’re pretty much landlocked, to be honest. We don’t have much empty land left on this campus.”

That, Durden said, would be an issue for the college’s next president, and she has no plans to leave the job anytime soon.

“We’re good for a while,” she said. “You never want to stop growing and changing, you never want to stop being innovative and improving your campus and the experience for your students, of course.”

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The Medical Assisting program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building on the main campus. Eleven students received pins and were individually recognized on stage. Ricki G. Smiley, a graduating student, welcomed friends and family and Medical Assisting Program Director, Michelle McCranie, provided the introduction and remarks. McCranie, along with program instructors, Mallorie Morris and Brigitte Zittrouer, awarded the pins, which may be worn as an outward sign signifying program completion. Shena Lackman and Aliesha Tillman, both graduating students, led the Medical Assisting Creed and gave closing remarks respectively. A reception was held in the lobby after the ceremony.

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Kristin Waters has been named the Assessment Services Coordinator at Ogeechee Technical College.

Waters holds an Associate’s Degree in Education from East Georgia State College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Brewton-Parker College. She was a middle school teacher before working as the Academic Center for Excellence Coordinator at East Georgia State College and later, the Director of the Academic Center for EGSC. Waters is currently in graduate school at Georgia Southern University studying Higher Education Administration.

Originally from Vidalia, GA, Waters resides in Statesboro with her husband of three years. She says they are currently building a house and have a fat, lazy cat named Miss Kitty.

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Terry Hand, Computer Information Systems instructor, recently represented Ogeechee Technical College as technical college instructors from throughout Georgia gathered for the 4th annual Georgia Master Teacher Experience. The event, held in Thomasville at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC), is designed to bring together teachers from the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange. The concept of a seminar designed expressly for teachers originated in 1962 by Roger Garrison at Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. Since that time, the concept has become a national movement with programs in numerous states across the nation and around the world.  The Georgia Master Teacher event is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers.

Teachers from the Technical College System with expertise in various disciplines gathered for an exchange of learning, teaching, and philosophy. Participants shared experiences, strategies, and instructional methods in the quests of improving teaching. The focus of discussion and activities for the week is on innovations and challenges of instruction in technical college education. The mission of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience is to improve instruction by revitalizing faculty through interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience, Claudia Grooms, RN, MSN, explains, “The strength of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state. The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network of support and encouragement that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning. Seeing the excitement for teaching return in an instructor who has become weary, or watching an instructor as they realize their worth is an experience that cannot be matched.  We are privileged to offer and host the Georgia Master Teacher Experience and are proud to have completed our fourth year.”

The Georgia Master Teacher Experience culminates with a Celebration Event where participants are recognized for their contributions to innovative teaching.  In addition to their peers, participants were recognized by the Director, Claudia Grooms, Dr. Craig Wentworth, SRTC President, Benita Moore, TCSG Curriculum Specialist, Dr. Kathryn Hornsby, TCSG Assistant Commissioner, and Matt Arthur, TCSG Deputy Commissioner.

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The Radiologic Technology Club from Ogeechee Technical College, recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive on the College’s main campus. The drive exceeded the American Red Cross’s goal of twenty-six units, collecting twenty-nine units. The next drive at Ogeechee Tech is scheduled for February 21, 2018.

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Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Practical Nursing program recently participated in the 8th Annual Teen Maze program, sponsored by the Bulloch Alcohol and Drug Council. Professionals and volunteers from various sectors of the community contributed their time for the event. Teen Maze is an interactive, life-size game that allows students to experience the benefits of good, or consequences of poor decision, making. The Practical Nursing students educated 8th grade students on the consequences of risky behaviors. The nursing students demonstrated the stages of pregnancy and used the empathy belly to simulate pregnancy body changes. They also shared information on abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, and the consequences of contracting diseases or infections.

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The Student Leadership Council of Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Veterans Appreciation Barbecue to honor current students, faculty, and staff who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. The event is held annually to acknowledge the service, dedication, and sacrifice veterans have made. Mayor Jan Moore addressed the guests.

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The Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS), Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Neuromuscular Massage Therapy and the Culinary Arts programs at Ogeechee Technical College recently coordinated and participated in the annual Socks For Courtney Gala. The Gala was held on the Ogeechee Tech campus in the Natural Resources Building.

The Echocardiography and DMS programs provided educational materials on hypertension and the effects on the body, while the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy students performed massages on guests, and instructor Anita Brown spoke about the relationship massage has on stress, heart health, and blood pressure. The EMS program students, along with their instructor, took blood pressure readings of participating guests. Culinary Arts students provided delicious heart-healthy recipes for the gala.

Capre Mitchell, Echocardiography instructor, said, “It was a fun event and the organizers greatly appreciated our efforts, professionalism and commitment.”

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The Adult Education program at Ogeechee Technical College recently teamed up with the Tammie Bishop from Georgia Department of Labor to present a resume writing workshop for students. Stacy Davis, Transition Specialist for the Adult Ed program said, “We are dedicated to helping our students prepare for college and career. Having an organized, concise list of previous experience, abilities, accomplishments, and references could help open the door to a better positon than expected.” To learn more about the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Tech, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/adult/adult-education or call 912.871.1721.

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A Benefits Fair was recently held in the Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College. Representatives from United Healthcare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna Dental, Delta Dental, MetLife, Hyatt Legal, Unum, and State Health Benefit Plan were on hand to answer questions from employees.

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The Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technology College recently held an Open House in celebration of National Veterinary Technician's Week. More than 120 people were in attendance for the event, including potential students, alumni, family and friends. Held in the Veterinary Technology lab, Open House gave program faculty and students an opportunity to highlight the program and allow others to tour the facility.

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Words and image courtesy of Metter Advertiser

The downtown park looks a little empty now that the Wall That Heals has left town.

But in the five days that the Wall called Metter home, visitors flocked to the park at all hours of the day and night to remember and celebrate the lives of the 58,000-plus service men and women who died while serving in Vietnam.

It is estimated that during daytime hours alone, more than 6,000 visitors came to Metter’s park to experience the moving wall.

A warm welcome

The Wall arrived on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in a formal ceremony that involved the local community, veterans and family members of service members.

The convoy started at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro at 10 a.m. The Wall, escorted by motorcycles and Corvettes, arrived in town and circled through the campuses of Metter High and Metter PreK-8, to the flag waving and excitement of Candler County students.

The Wall was set up and open for visitors by 5 p.m. Wednesday. On Thursday, the formal opening ceremony was held.

The ceremony included a Welcome to Veterans by Metter’s own Dixie Odom, a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force and a Vietnam veteran.

In the controversial Vietnam War/Conflict, Odom said, “We carried out the orders that were given to us to the best of our abilities and training. However, unlike past wars and conflicts when the military were welcomed home with celebrations and appreciation, Vietnam veterans were an exception.

“In many instances, we were not gratefully and appreciatively welcomed home. We were spit on, cussed at, laughed at and ridiculed by many. Therefore, in addition to normal combat-related suffering, we suffered additional emotional distress from nonsupport of some of our fellow American citizens. Post-traumatic stress was not on the front burner as it is today. Organizations to help returning veterans and their families were basically non-existent. Therefore, Vietnam veterans were faced with overcoming combat-related issues pretty much on our own.”

This Wall, Odom said, “has and is an effort to help the healing process of us Vietnam Veterans and our families who experienced the negative aspects of the Vietnam War.”

Retired Colonel Paul Longgrear of the U.S. Army, also a veteran, addressed the park filled with local and area supporters.

“The names on there are heroes,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how they died. The fact that they were willing to go and serve with all the adversity that was going on about the Vietnam War at that time ... made a hero out of them to me.

“They were willing to lay their life down. Everyone of those people laid their life down for this country.”

Longgrear personalized his speech by talking about some of the servicemen he served with whose names are on the wall. “These were personal losses to me,” he said.

“Don’t just look at this wall as a piece of black granite; look at it as something that holds heroes,” he said.

As volunteers prepared to take the Wall down on Sunday for its journey to Texas, Commissioner Brad Jones spoke in a brief closing ceremony, thanking the volunteers and all community supporters for their work before and during the Wall’s stay.

“This is not only a Wall that Heals, but one that honors,” Jones said.

Complete video coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies can be seen on the newspaper’s facebook page (Metter Advertiser).

A dream come true

Bringing The Wall to Metter was a dream come true for Metter businessman Pernal Franklin.

It was Franklin and his wife Cathy who first experienced The Wall That Heals by happenstance while The Wall was in Blythewood, S.C. in 2016. And from that moment on, Franklin said he knew this was something that needed to be done in Metter.

“I had never heard of the traveling wall but was very impressed with the display and thought it would be fantastic to bring to Metter,” he said.

And once the Wall came last week, Franklin said, “Words cannot describe it for me.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled. I was told the money would come easy but that it was hard to get volunteers. But Ann and Jody Robertson did outstanding jobs. We needed 100 volunteers and we had over 160.”

In the earliest meetings of The Wall That Heals Planning Committee, the location of the Wall was not yet determined. However, the decision to put The Wall in the downtown park was definitely the right one.

“The park seemed like it was built for the Wall,” Franklin said. “At nighttime, it was just fabulous.”

“Everything I’ve heard has been nothing but positive,” he continued. “This community came together like they always do. And the committee did a marvelous job!”

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Students from the Electrical Systems Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College are pictured above at Habitat House #53. The students, under the direction of Norm Threatt and Robert Morrison, along with Construction Management Technology students, under the direction of Charlie Collins, recently volunteered during the construction of the latest house. Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes. Habitat was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety.

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The Office of Student Affairs Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Constitution Day at the College to encourage students to register to vote.  Dean of Students, Brandi Helton, said, “This is such a great way to make our students aware of voter registration, and help them actually complete the process. Voting is an important right and it’s imperative that our students understand that they should be vested in the election process.”

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Brandi Irby, an Opticianry student at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured with Ogeechee Tech Opticianry Program Director, Deborah DeLoach, left, and Opticinary instructor, Scott Lloyd, right, after she won first place in the National Federation of Opticianry Schools OptiCon College Bowl. The bowl is held annually at the National Opticians Conference and quizzes students from Opticinary programs on industry and career related information. Congratulations, Brandi!

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Kristina Brewton was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s Counseling and Retention Coordinator. A Screven County native, Brewton holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from South University. Brewton is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her previous work experience includes working as a police dispatcher, a foster care case manager, prison counselor, and nine years as a parole/probation officer. Most recently, Brewton spent the last three years working with the Bulloch County Accountability and Treatment Court. Her caseload consisted of individuals who had severe and persistent mental health diagnoses.

Brewton has been married for seven years and is the mother of 11-month-old twin girls. Her interests are writing poetry and other motivational pieces, volunteering, comedy, art, and music. Brewton says her biggest passion is finding ways to help the community, more specifically children.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation recently held its annual scholarship luncheon on the main campus of the College. Forty students were recognized at the banquet for their academic achievement. The event was attended by benefactors, students, faculty, scholarship selection committee members, and guests of the students.

Russell Rosengart, President of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, welcomed the guests and Dr. Bill Perry gave the invocation.  Barry Turner, Vice President for College Advancement, and Jennifer Cornwell, Resource Development Coordinator, recognized each student and presented them with a certificate.

Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden, said, “Today, we acknowledge our partners who support our mission financially, and we honor those students who are the recipients of that support.  I encourage all of you to get to know one another. Students, don’t just express your appreciation to our benefactors, but let them know how their contributions have really impacted your life.  To our community partners, I ask that you get to know our students a bit because when you understand how you impact the lives of our students, their families, and the communities they will serve once they graduate, you will realize that contributing isn’t just an obligation or a feel-good gesture, but it is an investment that will pay dividends for many years to come.”

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Jack Norvell, Funeral Service Education instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, recently received the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Applicants must be currently licensed by a state licensing authority to practice funeral service and perform rigorous, qualifying activities for the professional certification. These categories include academic and professional activities, career review, and public education and service. Once certified as a CFSP, the member must earn 2.0 CEUs (20 hours) per year to remain active.

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Faculty and staff at Ogeechee Technical College are pictured above showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Promotional items and informational materials were available for students, faculty, and staff. Breast Cancer Awareness month is observed in October every year to raise awareness of breast cancer risks and promote the importance of screening, treatment, and early detection.

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Barry Turner, Vice President for College Advancement at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured with Jake Simons, Scholarship Chairman for the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro. Turner recently accepted a check for $4,000 that will be part of the endowment the Kiwanis Club is establishing for scholarships.

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Thacker Caskets recently “paid it forward” to the next generation of funeral directors by donating a casket to the mortuary science program at Ogeechee Technical College. The casket will be used to teach and educate Ogeechee’s mortuary science students on casket components as well as the value features of burial caskets.

Ogeechee Technical College, accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, affords students the opportunity to earn their Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education. Ogeechee aims to prepare students for the successful completion of all necessary board examinations and prepare the student for the rigors of daily work within the funeral industry. Currently, Ogeechee has 103 students enrolled in various stages of the curriculum.

Faculty member, Jack Norvell, reached out to Thacker requesting a demo casket for the mortuary science program. Jack, a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for over 45 years, expressed his excitement in being able to have a casket for the students to practice with.  Jack grew up in his own family’s funeral business and began teaching in the mid 2000’s.

Michele Rupar, Program Director of Funeral Service Education at Ogeechee commented, “We are pleased to build a strong relationship with Thacker Caskets. Our students will certainly benefit from the opportunity.

Lori Anderson-Gordon, Thacker’s South Georgia Sales Consultant commented, “I was thrilled to be able to give back to Ogeechee’s mortuary science program. Several of my customers have not only graduated from Ogeechee but also teach and speak to students of the program on a regular basis. It is wonderful to be able to do what I can to partner with my customers and give back to the future generation of funeral directors.”

VP of Sales and Marketing for Thacker Caskets, Danielle Thacker, added, “Our company has been in business for over 75 years and has always maintained a strong commitment to supporting mortuary science programs in areas that we service. The dedicated students enrolled in these programs are the future of the funeral industry!”.

Article and image courtesy of Funeral Business Advisor Magazine

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Those affected by Hurricane Irma will benefit from the Go-Kart Invitational, hosted by Synovus Bank on Tuesday.

Local law enforcement officers raced against one another for bragging rights as the "Fastest in Bulloch County," and all the funds raised by each team will assist victims and local organizations that were impacted by the storm in Georgia and Florida.

Synovus, through its "Here Matters" program, matched pledges totaling nearly $4,500. The funds will be directly distributed through the bank's local branches in areas affected by Irma.

Ogeechee Tech Police Chief Stan York won the first round of the event, held at The Clubhouse, while SFC Christopher Rodewolt of the Georgia State Patrol took the win in the second round.

Rodewold won the three-round race, and Georgia Southern Police Chief Laura McCullough took the top spot for fundraising.

Participating agencies included the Statesboro Police Department, Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the police departments for Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Technical College.

Image and article courtesy of the Statesboro Herald

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Ogeechee Technical College will hold a Fall Open House on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 9:00am-12:00 noon. Dr. Ryan Foley, Ogeechee Tech’s Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, said, “Open House is a great way to explore options and gather information about the wide variety of resources at the College.”

According to Foley, there will be many activities taking place during Open House. “This event is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in attending Ogeechee Tech. Prospective students and parents will receive information about academic programs, student life, and the admissions process.” Campus tours will be available and program faculty will be on hand to discuss programs and answer questions.  There will also be information sessions designed to help ease the transition to Ogeechee Tech. Attendees will be able to learn about the enrollment process, Financial Aid, and much more.

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The Surgical Technology Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently celebrated National Surgical Technologists Week. Founded to raise awareness of the role of the surgical technologist/certified surgical technologist, and the intense training it takes to enter the field, programs across the country participate in events during this week held in September.

The week’s activities at Ogeechee Tech included a catered lunch on Tuesday for winning a contest sponsored by the Georgia State Assembly Association of Surgical Technologists (GASA). This was awarded to the OTC program for going above and beyond to support the profession. The students created fun games and held a program spotlight in the Joseph E. Kennedy Lobby on Wednesday. The GASA also sent of box of goodies to the students that included a backpack with notepads, a pen, and lanyard.  OTC’s Surgical Technology instructors are Terri Crosson and Brittany Poole.  Crosson, said, “It is always nice to see the class come together and bond during this week over good food and festivities. Mrs. Poole and I are thankful to have the chance to instruct such a fine group of students.”

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The Welding and Joining Technology Program at Ogeechee Technical College was recently visited by Michael Joiner and Alex Cook of the SESOLINC group. SESOLIN is a unique, local manufacturer of deployable solutions for the military. Their mission is to increase operational readiness, capability, and versatility via scalable expeditionary solutions. Some applications of the containers are weapons storage, battery charging systems, amour rooms, and command systems.

Joiner and Cook spoke to the students about the company, their product development, and recruitment. Students were given an opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the presentation, then explored one of the company’s military containers. The company employs graduates of OTC’s Welding and Joining Technology Program, including Cook, who is also an adjunct instructor for the OTC program. “This is a great example of Ogeechee Tech helping fulfill the workforce needs of local industries. The jobs provided by companies such as SESOLINC are vital to the success of our graduates, and the support SESOLINC provides the College, such as allowing an employee to teach with us, and serving as guest speakers here on campus, definitely result in win-win scenarios,” stated Lori Durden, OTC president.

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Ogeechee Technical College faculty, staff, and students recently conducted a drive to collect relief supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. Several pallets of non-perishable food, water, personal care items, and other supplies were loaded onto a truck headed for Woodlands, Texas. OTC General Education instructors, Susan Pope and Matthew Gainous, coordinated the collection and packing of the items. Crider Foods in Stillmore partnered with OTC by providing transportation for the pallets of supplies. Ogeechee Tech President, Lori Durden, said,” I’m so honored to be part of such an amazing team. Concern for others is practiced on a daily basis here and that is something to be proud of.”

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A group of Claxton High School students recently attended Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) for a Dual Enrollment orientation as part of the College’s “Meet Your Campus” event. They were given a tour of the campus, received their student identification badges, and received an OTC t-shirt.

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The Fish and Wildlife Club and Out to Conquer Gaming Club, student organizations at Ogeechee Technical College, recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive at the College. The goal for the day was 24 units and the drive surpassed that by collecting 38 units with 42 people registered. This included eight first-time donors.

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Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education students recently visited a Fast-Track Industrial Maintenance program fair held at the College.  Students learned about program enrollment and spoke with representatives from local manufacturing companies and WorkSource Georgia.  Stacy Davis, Transition Specialist for the Adult Education said, “Not only do we give our students the tools they need to earn their GED®, but we also get them ready to enter the workforce.”

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Based on the latest information from Bulloch County Public Safety/EMA and the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center projection for Hurricane Irma, all of Ogeechee Technical College’s classes will be canceled and campus will be closed Monday, September 11 through Tuesday, September 12.
 
At this time, it is unclear when classes will resume and normal business operations will commence. Updates will be sent via OTCAlert, email, and postings on Ogeechee Tech social media and website, www.ogeecheetech.edu, to announce any extension of the closure of campus.  
 
The safety of students, faculty, and staff is the top priority at Ogeechee Tech, and the reopening of campus will be predicated on the capability to ensure a safe campus environment in the aftermath of the hurricane.

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Medical Assisting students from Ogeechee Technical College recently performed hearing, vision, and blood pressure screenings, as well as hemoglobin and lead testing at Bulloch County Headstart. Children from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties participated in the event.

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By JULIE LAVENDER, Herald Writer

 

Four Bulloch County Correctional Institute inmates recently received their General Education Diplomas, and while they are not the first inmates to do so, the four young men are the first to take part in an official graduation ceremony at the facility.

The graduation exercise took place in the correctional institute last week. Mayor Jan Moore and Commissioner Roy Thompson took part in the ceremony; Ogeechee Technical College’s Samantha Smith and Chief Counselor Tina Beckum presented diplomas to Justin Colbert, Matthew Quinn, Darvin Mancil and Curtis Thrift.

Ogeechee Tech provides the instructor for the GED classes, as well as the materials for the students, and the current instructor, Tonia Moore, provides in-class materials twice a week at the facility on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Bulloch County Correctional Institute Warden Chris Hill said that roughly a dozen have received their GEDs since he arrived at BCCI in 2001.

Once the requirements of the coursework are completed, the inmates take the text on OTC’s campus.

Smith said that the time to complete the requirements and sit for the test varies according to each student. “It depends on how hard they work, how quickly they do the assignments,” Smith said.

All inmates incarcerated at BCCI perform work duties during the day, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with jobs like operating equipment, building roads, working at the animal shelter, roadside clean-up, or parks and recreation landscape and maintenance.

Hill said, “It takes perseverance. They have to get back in from work and get to class; they have to be willing to go to class and get homework done.”
The bi-weekly, three-hour class, plus homework, leaves little free time.

OTC and BCCI have stipulations and requirements for the inmates that take part in the program, specifically a reasonable release date from the corrections facility. Three of the graduates max out in 2019, one in 2020, however participation in GED classes and other classes, like substance abuse or anger management, give the inmates the opportunity to earn points to get out earlier than projected.
 
Moore: 'Education changes lives'
Moore, OTC vice president for Economic Development, said, “Educators know the value of education and how it changes lives. That’s why we are so passionate about the program. To watch these four men change their lives in that instant – it’s why we do what we do.”

Recognizing the value of the GED accomplishment, Moore said, “If they don’t have a tool to do something different when they get out, they’re going to do the same thing. We don’t send them to prison to go back to prison.”

Hill takes the opportunity to talk with inmates whenever possible, to encourage and support. He said he tells them often, “Don’t leave prison the same way you came in. Learn something while you’re here, something you can apply to help other people when you get out.”

Hill said the average age of inmates has declined over the years; therefore many of the young men incarcerated either were arrested before the opportunity to complete high school or became high school dropouts after getting involved in alcohol or substance abuse.

Never complacent in his duties, Hill, a 20-year veteran of the system, said, “My situation is no different than theirs. It could’ve been me, but for the choices I made.”

That knowledge gives him the passion and drive to help those he’s in charge of.

“The GED gives them a better start when they get out,” Hill said. “Instead of rearview looking — looking at the mistakes they made or the crime they committed — the GED helps them move forward.”
 
 
Future plans for GED graduates
GED graduate Justin Colbert said that receiving the diploma allows him to choose a different career path. Colbert wants to become a neuromuscular massage therapist.

Matthew Quinn said that working hard for the accomplishment will show his three children the importance of having an education.  “Bulloch CCI gave me the opportunity and I took it,” he said.

Darvin Mancil said, “It took a lot of studying, practicing and setting my mind to do what needed to be done. The GED will help me get a better career to provide for my family and be a better citizen to society.”

Curtis Thrift admitted that it took a lot of hard work and dedication to become a graduate. He hopes this step will allow further education and lead to a better job.

Moore said, “If we don’t give them an opportunity, we’re setting them up for failure,” and at graduation, reiterated that thought by encouraging them to apply with the city after their release date.

Hill said the facility is rewarded by the state to the tune of $25,000 for every 10 offenders enrolled in the program. In one year, that total became $100,000, and the goal is to use the money for a building behind the facility for future classes.

With a hope to complete the building by the summer of 2018, plans involve inmates constructing the building after an architect assists with the plans.
 

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Pictured above, left to right, are Bobby Smith, the Honorable Michael Muldrew, Ben Ross, and Carolyn Ethridge. Smith, Ross, and Ethridge, were recently sworn in by Judge Muldrew as members of the Local Board of Directors for Ogeechee Technical College.

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Sergeant James Myers, Patrol Supervisor for the Ogeechee Technical College Police Department, recently spoke to Adult Education students at the Statesboro Regional Library and on the College’s main campus. Sergeant Myers addressed the students about personal safety, police and community relations, and how to become a police officer.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building on the main campus. Seventeen students received pins, which they may wear as an outward sign of completing their program of study. Friends and family were welcomed by graduating student Jessica Gonzalez, and Medical Assisting Instructor Michelle McCranie gave introductions and remarks. McCranie, along with program instructors Mallorie Morris, Marilyn Turner, and Brigitte Zittrouer, recognized each student individually on stage. A reception immediately followed in the lobby.

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    Photo, Jennifer Snider, Funeral Service Instructor

Jennifer Snider, Funeral Service Education instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, recently received the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. Applicants must be currently licensed by a state licensing authority to practice funeral service and perform rigorous, qualifying activities for the professional certification. Categories for these activities include academic, professional activities, career review, and public education and service. Once certified as a CFSP, the member must earn 2.0 CEUs (20 hours) per year to remain active.

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   Photo, Surgical Technology, Surgical Technology Pinning, Surgical Technology Class

Graduates from the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College recently celebrated with family, friends, and college faculty and staff at a pinning ceremony held in the Joseph E. Kennedy Auditorium. Surgical Technology instructors, Terri Crosson and Brittany Poole, individually recognized each of the 12 students for their achievement and presented them an Ogeechee Technical College Surgical Technology pin. For more information on the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/399.

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       Adult Education, Toastmasters International Class

Students in Ogeechee Technical College’s Adult Education Program recently received public speaking and leadership training from the local chapter of Toastmasters International. According to Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education, the students participated in table topics activities, where they gave two minute, extemporaneous speeches on various subjects. Established in 1924, Toastmasters International strives to help people grow in personal and professional development through leadership and communication.


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By Devin Conway  |  Photography by Scott Bryant

      

Lazar Brown Oglesby and her sister Mary Beth Brown are the brains behind Honey Catering, an event planning and catering company that specializes in cheesecakes. They have a cafe that offers a few different appetizers and entrees alongside their renowned cheesecakes, while their catering menu consists of almost anything you could imagine. They also maintain a restaurant called Dolan’s BBQ in Millen, Georgia.

I recently reached out to Oglesby to discuss her work, and she put me in touch with her sister Mary Beth. Together, they offer insight into their inspirations, creative vision, and their aspirations for the future of Honey.

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  Mallory Roberts, Photo, Scholarship Awarded

Mallory Roberts, an Ogeechee Technical College student from Screven County, was awarded a scholarship from Leadership Southeast Georgia’s Education Group. She is a recent graduate of the College’s Licensed Practical Nursing program. Congratulations, Mallory!

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Sergeant James Myers, Patrol Supervisor for the Ogeechee Technical College Police Department, recently spoke to Adult Education students in Hagan about their safety and police/civilian interaction tips. Samantha Smith, Dean for Adult Education, said, “It is vital for students to be familiar with every aspect of campus enforcement for their personal safety and security. We are building skills and trust with our students at OTC.” Sergeant Myers said to the students, "Your personal safety begins with you. Always be aware of your surroundings. Our job is to make sure that you are safe while you are here on campus." Sergeant Myers will also be presenting in Bulloch and Screven Counties.

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The Student Veterans Association of Ogeechee Technical College and the Georgia National Guard recently participated in the Statesboro Regional Library’s “Touch-a-Truck” event. The program, open to all children, showcased military, police, and emergency trucks used to protect our citizens. The Statesboro Police Department and the Statesboro Fire Department were also on hand with their cars and trucks. Crafts and activities were available in the library.

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Ogeechee Technical College and Worksource Coastal are partnering to recruit individuals for OTC’s new Industrial Maintenance Fast-track program

Designed to train workers for positions within various industries, industrial maintenance experts are the people who help keep an industry’s manufacturing lines running. “When a vital piece of machinery malfunctions or breaks, it can completely stop production in many cases,” said OTC’s Vice President for Economic Development, Jan Moore. “At that point, the person who can repair that machinery, and get the production back on-line, becomes the most vital person in the plant.”

The Fast-track program allows students to complete the curriculum through Ogeechee Tech’s Continuing Education department in just 12 weeks, according to Kathleen Kosmoski, OTC’s Director for Continuing Education and Industry Training. “This really is one of the fastest training programs I know of that can result in a good job right away,” said Kosmoski. “Industrial maintenance is perfect for someone who is mechanically inclined, who likes working with their hands, and who wants a steady job with any variety of exceptional industries.” OTC and WorkSource Coastal have a great relationship with area industries, and in fact, many local industries are encouraging current employees to seek this training to allow them to move to a new position within the company, according to Kosmoski. “Industrial maintenance technicians are critical to the operation of any industry,” she said.

Several years ago, a need for industrial maintenance technicians was identified, and through the cooperative efforts of local industries in OTC’s service delivery area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, training equipment was purchased for the industrial maintenance lab at the College. “Through the efforts of local industries and the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, we were able to acquire state-of-the-art training equipment, which allows us to prepare students for a variety of applications to meet industry needs,” said Moore. 

According to Industrial Maintenance program instructor, Justin Goodman, it can take up to a year to properly train an industrial maintenance technician on the job, compared to only 12 weeks with the intensive classroom and lab experiences received at Ogeechee Tech. “We train in broad curriculum sets in a very short amount of time, but the training allows students to go right to work applying what they learned in a work environment,” said Goodman.

WorkSource Coastal and OTC have teamed up with local industries to ensure that graduates of the program will get at least two job interviews upon successful completion of the program. With entry level jobs paying about $15 per hour to start, it can turn 12 weeks of training into a potentially great career, according to Kosmoski. Those who qualify can also complete the program free of charge, through the cooperative efforts of WorkSource Coastal, local industries, and OTC. 

A number of information sessions are planned to provide details about the Industrial Maintenance program. Those who are interested may visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/fastrack, or may contact Kathleen Kosmoski at (912) 486-7409. WorkSource Coastal may be accessed at www.worksourcecoastal.org or by calling (912) 351-6379.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Adult Education Program is preparing for a new school year. While students get a small break from the classroom, faculty and staff are looking ahead to create new experiences for future students that will increase their skill sets to make them successful college students, valuable employees to local industries, and active citizens in the community.

This school year our students will ‘skillUP’, said Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education at Ogeechee Technical College. “We have re-evaluated our approach to service delivery for our students and recognize that the needs extend well beyond GED attainment. We want to provide our students a learning experience that will focus on building skills that will not only help them achieve their GED credential, but also transfer into any post-secondary educational opportunity, and or entry into the workforce,” Smith said.  

Not every student who enrolls in the Adult Education program will need a GED. Additional academic and career preparation opportunities are also available to include:  math, reading, writing, basic computer, and soft skills training (GeorgiaBest curriculum), personal finance sessions for family budgeting and educational planning, as well as referrals for, and education on, the resources that are available in each community. These are just a few of the services available through Ogeechee Technical College’s Adult Education Program.

Those interested in the Adult Education services at Ogeechee Technical College may call any one of the College’s three Adult Education offices. In Bulloch County, (912) 871-1721, in Evans County, call (912) 739-2959, and in Screven County, (912) 564-7326.

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Marilyn Turner, Medical Assisting Program Director, at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently honored at a retirement reception. Faculty, staff, and special guests gathered in the lobby of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building to pay tribute to Turner, who taught at the College for more than 20 years. Dr. Ryan Foley, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “Marilyn has been a dedicated instructor committed to the success of her students. Her expectations for professionalism are high, and her students have benefited from her drive and determination to create a learning environment that breeds professionalism in graduates.”

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Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden, recently announced the appointment of Raymond “Randy” Mayfield of Claxton, as the Chairman of the Ogeechee Technical College Local Board of Directors. Mayfield is local manager for Georgia Power Company for the Claxton area. In addition to serving as Chairman with the Evans County Industrial Development Authority, he has been active with the Claxton-Evans Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce, the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce, the Claxton Rotary Club, and the Evans County Wildlife Club, as well as other civic and service organizations. He served as an Ogeechee Technical College Foundation Trustee from 2007 to 2010, and has served on the Local Board of Directors for the College since 2010.

Ogeechee Technical College’s Local Board of Directors is comprised of members from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties, the three counties in the College’s Service Delivery Area. The members were nominated for their positions by local industry and education officials. Each member is selected and approved by the State Board of Technical and Adult Education.

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Shown above are recent graduates from the Fast-Track Industrial Maintenance program, offered by Ogeechee Technical College, in conjunction with Coastal Workforce Georgia. This 12-week program, developed by Ogeechee Tech, partnered the College with leading area manufacturers, including Koyo Bearings and Crider Foods, to develop a skills training program to meet their growth needs and help identify prospective talent in the field. During the training program, students learned the necessary knowledge and skills in electronics, industrial wiring, motor controls, fluid power, mechanical systems, instrumentation, PLCs, computers, and troubleshooting for employment in an entry-level manufacturing technician position.

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Participants from the Health Careers Camp, sponsored by the Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Center, recently visited the campus of Ogeechee Technical College. The camp is for current 9th-12th graders who are interested in careers in the medical field and included students from 11 area schools. The students, along with camp coordinator, Rachel Kirkland, visited the campus to participate in hands-on learning for the day. Director of Admissions, Molly Bickerton, and Move On When Ready Coordinator, Catherine Groover, welcomed the students, spoke to them about general College information, and the Move On When Ready program. The students spent the day exploring health careers and visited faculty and students in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Surgical Technology, and Neuromuscular Therapy. In each area, skills related to the field were demonstrated and a brief overview of each program was presented. Lunch was provided in the Occupational Studies Conference Room and Dr. Don Aaron, a physician with Optim Orthopedics, presented the last session of the day.

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Hannah Purcell was recently named Cashier in the Business Office at Ogeechee Technical College. Hannah graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School and is currently enrolled in the Distance Learning Accounting program at the College. Prior to working at Ogeechee Tech, Hannah was employed at Andrews Klean Korner. Hannah has been married to Bobby Purcell for three years and she says she stays busy with school and work but loves to read when she finds the time. Welcome, Hannah!

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Above, students, faculty, and staff are pictured at a recent Game Day hosted by Student Affairs in the Joseph E. Kennedy Lobby. This snack, game, and fun-filled event was open to all students. In addition, students were offered tips for studying and time management.

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Terri Crosson, Surgical Technology instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently awarded the Fellow of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.) award at the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST)Conference in New Orleans. According to the AST website, the F.A.S.T. distinction is the  most prestigious award and is endowed to those individuals who have upheld the highest professional, ethical, and moral standards and traditions of the surgical technology profession, and whose professional activity has been devoted to the advancement of the profession towards improving the quality of surgical patient care. Terri can now add F.A.S.T. after CST in her credentials. Congratulations, Terri!

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Students from Ogeechee Technical College’s Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing programs recently volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Statesboro. Students and their advisors purchased, prepared, and served meals to approximately 280 people, as a part of Ogeechee on the Go, Ogeechee Tech’s community service initiative. Medical Assisting instructor, Marilyn Turner, said, “Community service is an important value we want to instill in our students. Our hope is they will continue to stay involved long after graduation.”

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Casey McCall Corbett is the new Fish and Wildlife Management instructor for Ogeechee Technical College. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia (UGA), majoring in Biological Science.

Casey has previously worked as the Tech Prep and School to Work Coordinator at Southeastern Technical College, science teacher at Tattnall County High School, small business owner, and the Education Coordinator at the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education. She is a certified Hunter Education Instructor for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and holds Georgia Master Naturalist certification from the UGA Cooperative Extension Service and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources.
Her hobbies include anything that involves her family and the outdoors.

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Josh Kaiser is Ogeechee Technical College’s new Paramedicine Technology Instructor. Born and raised in Statesboro, Kaiser graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2008, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and Linguistics. After graduation, he enrolled in an emergency medical technician program and became an EMT-Intermediate. Kaiser began working for Bulloch County Emergency Medical Service(EMS) in January of 2009. In 2010, he began working for Screven County EMS full-time and Bulloch County EMS part-time. He became a paramedic while at Screven County EMS and ultimately a captain, whose responsibilities included designing and implementing the Field Training Officer Program.

Kaiser has been happily married for 12 years to his wife, Kimberly, an art teacher at Bryan County High School. They are the parents to a beautiful four-year-old daughter, Sophie and a wild one-year-old son, Miles. Kaiser says he has a passion for helping others in their time of need and he enjoys the outdoors, live music, a good story, and college sports. Welcome, Josh!

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Ogeechee Technical College is known for training a distinguished workforce for the healthcare industry in the region. But, there is one program at the college whose graduates exceed the industry’s standard year after year. The Radiologic Technology Program, led by director and instructor Jan Martin, produces exceptional medical professionals, many of whom go on to win distinction in the healthcare field and as outstanding student leaders on the state level and beyond.

The program’s unusual amount of success can be attributed to Martin’s vision of how a radiographer should be trained to properly perform his or her job.

“I’m old school,” said Martin. “I want my students to have respect for their fellow classmates, the instructors, and our program.”

To Martin, teaching the students technical skills isn’t enough.

“I want our students to be prepared to work anywhere. When they leave here, they will go to work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and imaging centers. Some cross train in CAT scan, mammography, MRI and cardio imaging. Some come back to do stenography. Each modality in which they become certified makes them more marketable,” she said.

The program is structured to be completed in 17 months, within four semesters after the General Education Core is completed. Each fall courses are taught including instruction in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and radiographic science, equipment and imaging, with over 20 hours spent in the field working in a non-paid position at one of 13 clinical sites. 77 hours of instruction are required to complete the program.

A 150 sq. ft. classroom with adjoining lab space contains the latest in radiologic equipment and serves 13 students enrolled in the program each term. Films are developed in a dark room and assessed on a lighted board. Two medical simulation dummies, complete with broken bones, serve as patients for the students. The GE x-ray equipment has the capability of converting to digital images as well.

During clinical rotations, Martin requires her students to wear white uniforms, a standard that may seem old fashioned in today’s healthcare environments, but which Martin feels sets her students apart.

“When a doctor sees a student in white at our clinical sites, he or she knows that student is from OTC and is well trained not only in procedures, but also work ethic and professionalism,” said Martin.

Matt Dunn serves as clinical coordinator for the program, in addition to being an instructor, Dunn oversees the students on clinical rounds. That’s the position Martin held when she started at OTC in 1997.

“I couldn’t do it without Matt,” said Martin. “He was in the first class I taught here. He worked at the old Bulloch Memorial Hospital and got his bachelors and masters while here. We’ve known each other a long time and we work very well together.”

The program falls under Dean for Academic Affairs Kelly Kingry and Executive V.P. for Academic Affairs Dr. Charlene Lamar.

“We also couldn’t do it without the support of our administrators. They are behind us 100%,” said Martin. “They allow us the autonomy to do our jobs and the backing we need to make our program and our students excel.”

Since 2004, OTC’s Rad Tech graduates have a 100% pass rate on the national ARRT radiography exam. “There is an incentive for passing the national test,” said Martin. “If students pass the ARRT exams, they don’t have to take my final.”

OTC’s Director of Admissions, Molly Bickerton, a Rad Tech alumni, was the 2008 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership state winner from the program. In 2006, Malygua Roberts was a finalist. Amy Roberson, a 2009 GOAL winner is now a clinical instructor. Tyler Burgner, an alum of the program, is now an M.D. working on a radiology residency at Memorial in Savannah. In 2015, Rad Tech graduates Molly Bickerton, Elliott Lee, and Amy Roberson were chosen as Outstanding OTC Alumni. In 2016, Burgner was honored as an OTC Distinguished Alumni and asked to deliver the commencement address.

Also In 2016, Melissa Behling was the state’s first runner-up for GOAL and in 2017, radiographer Amanda Merry was regional GOAL winner and a state finalist. This spring, when Behling was chosen as first runner up, Martin was there to receive the prestigious Rick Perkins Award from the Technical College System of Georgia, which recognized her as the TCSG 2017 Instructor of the Year.

She credits fellow educators with showing her the way. “My mentors were Linda Tinker and Jessie Strickland,” said Martin. “When I started here, Tinker helped mold me in the professional sense. Jessie was a great lady and a friend. I can still hear her voice in my head at times. She was a beloved administrator and cheerleader – a superior educator.”

Being awarded as the 2017 Teacher of the Year was a monumental moment for Martin, but she counts as her greatest success, “When my students have their ‘Ah Ha!’ moment. When it all clicks and you know you are reaching them. I also love it when they are pinned. When they go from being students to peers, that’s very moving to me.” Since the first Rad Tech class in 1995, over 285 students have finished the program. Since Martin started in 1997, over 250 have completed certification.

“Our students have more clinical experience after six weeks in a clinical setting than other students,” said Martin. “OTC has top priority for placement in clinical slots at Memorial in Savannah. Our students are exceptional because they are committed concrete sequential people.”

The Rad Tech Program is nationally certified by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

“The first JRCERT accreditation we received since I became program director was in 2012,” said Martin. “It is a full eight-year accreditation. We submitted a four-year report last year and I was recently notified that the program could continue its eight-year accreditation until 2020.”

Accreditation is important to the program and to Martin, who feels more certification and training would benefit healthcare overall.

“It’s important to all of us, and we want people to know that the state of Georgia does not require licensing or certification for x-ray technicians in Urgent Care, Chiropractic offices, or in surgery centers. The state only requires six hours of radiation training. We are one of only seven states that do not require some type of advanced education certification,” said Martin.

“I believe as a paying patient you should ask if the x-rays are being done by an ARRT certified radiographer. If they are not, then ask for someone who is,” she said.

Martin’s commitment to best practices, quality education, professionalism, and overall excellence is reflected in the standards she pursues in healthcare and in achievements of the students she serves. Her vision for their future is superlative.

“And, not just as Rad Techs,” said Martin. “They make great employees no matter what field they choose to pursue.”

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The Rad Tech Student Club at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a car wash fundraiser at Anderson’s General Store. Throughout the year, the Radiologic Technology students have various fundraising events to pay for professional memberships for the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, a national society that gives the students access to study materials, discounts, and scholarly journals.  Funds raised are also used for a luncheon held by the senior class for the new junior class and to off-set pinning ceremony expenses. Jan Martin, program chair, said, “Matt Dunn and I have the privilege of talking with people about our program and the College at these community events.” To find out more about the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Tech, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/414

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The Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College held a pinning ceremony on May 4, 2017, in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building.  The Program Director, Dr. Amy Dorminey, welcomed the guests and the invocation was given by graduate, Carrie Negley. Ogeechee Tech’s Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America President, Danielle Svec, lead the Challenge to Serve, and Billie Walker, Veterinary Technology instructor, introduced the guest speaker, Nichole Mryrkle, RVT.

The class took the Veterinary Technician’s Oath and each of the program’s four graduates were individually recognized and presented with an Ogeechee Technical College Veterinary Technology pin. A reception was held after the ceremony which gave the graduating class an opportunity to celebrate with family members, friends, and classmates.

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In a 2002 resolution adopted by the Georgia General Assembly, it was stated that George W. “Jack” Strickland, “always credited his tremendous success to his dedicated employees and his loyal customers, but his personal leadership, vision, and commitment to the needs of individuals and families have significantly strengthened their opportunities and well-being.” Upon his death in 2010, Mr. Strickland’s commitment was to ensure that his dear wife, Muriel Anderson Strickland, was cared for the remainder of her days, and that was accomplished until she passed away in 2016. Upon Mrs. Strickland’s death, Mr. Strickland’s altruistic nature, even in death, became evident in an even bigger way, as the George W. Strickland, Jr. Foundation was created.

A significant gift from the Strickland Foundation has been made to the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc., in support of education in Evans County. The $500,000 gift will be invested, with proceeds dedicated to providing support for dual enrollment efforts in Evans County. “Move on When Ready” is the moniker given to the State’s high school dual enrollment initiative, which is designed to offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.  Ogeechee Tech offers classes to high school students in Evans County, as well as at its main campus in Statesboro, in addition to several other high schools in the area. “Our plans are to provide someone who will become a coach to students, to encourage them to make good choices in high school regarding their path to a good career,” stated Lori Durden, president of Ogeechee Tech. “Often, something like completing federal financial aid forms can be daunting to students and their parents, but it is a necessary step in transitioning to college. We want to provide someone who will be able to assist with financial aid applications, career counseling, and with other necessary processes as well.”

Wendell Godbee, long-time accountant for Mr. Strickland, and president and treasurer of the Strickland Foundation, said, “Jack always wanted to help the community, and to promote education in any way he could. He realized the importance of giving people opportunities, and this gift will continue his legacy by impacting generations of Evans County residents for years to come.” Other officers of the Strickland Foundation are Tommy Strickland, vice president, and Sharon DeLoach, secretary. 

In addition to supporting the high school initiative in Evans County, the gift to the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation will assist in establishing a Heavy Diesel Service Technician program at OTC’s Evans Technical Education Complex in Hagan. “There is a great need for diesel technicians, and we think this new program will be a perfect fit for our Evans campus, since our Commercial Truck Driving program is already located on there,” stated Durden.

Dewey Newton, President of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, stated, “This is the single largest gift the OTC Foundation has ever received, and we take our responsibility for being good stewards of this gift very seriously.” “We intend to leverage this gift into many human dividends in Evans County, as more people complete high school, earn a college credential, and get good paying jobs,” Newton concluded.  

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Brian Conaway, an Ogeechee Technical College graduate, was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award winner at an alumni reception held at the College.  OTC annually accepts nominations in two categories, Outstanding Alumni, which honors an individual who has graduated in the past 10 years, and Distinguished Alumni, for those who graduated more than 10 years ago.  A number of nominees are honored at the reception, with a winner in each category being named.  Conaway was chosen as the 2017 winner in the Outstanding Alumni category.

Conaway earned two Associate of Applied Science degrees in Geographic Information Systems Technology and Fish and Wildlife Management in 2013. After graduation, he moved to Naples, Florida to work with the Collier County Government Solid and Hazardous Waste division as a GIS Technician specializing in water and sewer utilities.  He was soon promoted to GIS Operations Analyst with the added responsibility of training new employees and developing standards of practice to be replicated by others.  After a year and a half Conaway returned to the Savannah area to accept a job from Chatham County Government to work as a GIS Analyst II where he is presently employed.

While attending Ogeechee Tech, Conway was the president and founder of the OTC GPS and Mapping Society, a member of the Wildlife Society, and an SLC Officer. In June of 2015, he was awarded Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional (GISP) from the GIS Certification Institute. He is a member of many GIS professional organizations and volunteers his time in support of many GIS events at Savannah State University. 

The Outstanding Alumni Award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions and who has excelled in his or her chosen fields, has given back to his or her community, and who is dedicated to the advancement of the College.

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“HOPE Career Grant” available for technical college students entering high-demand industries

Atlanta, Ga. – A grant that enables certain technical education students in Georgia to receive free tuition now has a name that better reflects the grant’s goals.

The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them. These industries were identified by Governor Deal’s High-Demand Career Initiative and the General Assembly as strategically important to the state’s economic growth. They are among the many forms of financial assistance available through the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

“We continuously seek ways to help our Georgia students attain a high-quality, affordable education that leads to a productive career,” said Gov. Deal. “This grant is an important piece in our tool kit of educational assets, and helps students prepare to enter those industries in the state that have the greatest workforce needs.”

“A Georgia student who qualifies for one of these grants pays absolutely no tuition, and in some cases the grants cover fees and equipment as well,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), which offers more than 200 programs in the industries targeted by the grant. “This is a great opportunity for students in our 22 colleges and the Georgia companies who seek them. We believe the new name will help students understand that a rewarding career is the end goal of the grant.”

The grant, which was implemented in 2013 for three key industries, now benefits qualified students who enroll in the following 12 program areas: certified engineer assistant, commercial truck driving, computer programming, computer technology, diesel equipment technology, early childhood care and education, health science, industrial maintenance, movie production/set design, practical nursing, precision manufacturing, and welding and joining technology.

Many HOPE Career Grant programs offered at OTC
Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) offers most of the HOPE Career Grant programs, with the exception of computer programming, movie production, and precision manufacturing, according to Lori Durden, OTC president. “As the state tries to facilitate filling open positions in critical industries, the extra measure of assistance through the HOPE Career Grant can make a huge difference in assisting students,” said Durden. “We hope there are a lot of people out there who will take advantage of this opportunity.” 

While some of the HOPE Career Grant programs offered at OTC have been around for quite a while, such as Early Childhood Care and Education and practical nursing, others, such as Industrial Maintenance and diesel equipment technology are more recent additions in answer to needs within the business community, said Durden.

Who qualifies
To receive the HOPE Career Grant, students must first qualify for the HOPE Grant, which applies to diplomas and certificates only rather than the HOPE Scholarship, which applies to Associate and Bachelor degrees. The HOPE Grant is available for students of any age. A student can attend college part-time and does not have to have a specific high school GPA, but must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA after enrolling in college.

The HOPE Career Grant is also available to recipients of the Zell Miller Grant, which, in addition to HOPE Grant requirements, stipulates that students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA at the end of each college term.

While the HOPE Career Grant opportunities are open for any qualified student pursuing a certificate or diploma at a public college in Georgia, students within the Technical College System of Georgia have been the main beneficiaries. The number of certificates or diplomas in these 12 areas awarded to technical college students in the 2016 academic year was 16,514, up from 11,289 in 2013.

“The opportunity to have a grant that paid my tuition meant the world to me,” said Skylar Huggett, a 2017 welding graduate from Savannah Technical College and the TCSG Technical Education “GOAL” Student of the Year. “The Pell Grant, Zell Miller Grant, HOPE Career grant and my part-time job collectively made it possible for me to enter the welding career I’m passionate about.”

About the Technical College System of Georgia
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

About Ogeechee Technical College
Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia serving Bulloch, Evans, Screven, and surrounding counties. A public institution of higher education, OTC contributes to the educational, economic, and personal growth of the individual and the communities served. OTC provides student‐centered academic and occupational programs and support services at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels, utilizing traditional and distance education methodologies in state-of-the-art facilities while supporting adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training. Additional information may be found at www.ogeecheetech.edu.

Contact:

TCSG
Alison Tyrer                       
404-327-6913                       
atyrer@tcsg.edu

OTC
Barry Turner
912-681-2758
bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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Lazar Oglesby, co-owner and chef of Honey Catering & Event Planning, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni winner at the annual alumni reception held at the College. This award is presented to an Ogeechee Tech alum who graduated prior to 2005, excelled in their chosen field, attained prominence, and has had a positive effect on the local, regional, or state level.

Lazar enrolled in Georgia Southern’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program to pursue a degree, but soon found that she spent most of her time wishing she was in the kitchen, cooking, testing and inventing recipes. She then decided to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Ogeechee Technical College where she fell in love with the hands-on cooking courses. Lazar graduated from Ogeechee Tech in 2006.

Through the knowledge and skills gained in the culinary program and the experience working in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Lazar has built one of the most successful and sought after catering and event planning businesses in the area. Honey Catering & Event Planning is a family owned business located in Millen, Georgia that includes Honey Café, Dolan’s BBQ, Honey Cheesecakes, and Honey Catering.

Honey Café was the recipient of the 2016 Best of the Boro contest in the catering category, was the 2015 Millen Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, has been featured on The Dish, a culinary TV show, and has been featured in Statesboro Magazine. Lazar’s trademark is her signature southern cheesecakes which are known for their light, fluffy consistency and slightly sweet flavor. Lazar dreams of making Millen the “Cheesecake Capital of the World.”

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MILLEDGEVILLE, GA- Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) and Georgia Military College (GMC) signed an articulation agreement to continue expanding educational opportunities for students in the state of Georgia. This agreement marks the 18th articulation agreement that GMC has signed with a technical college in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). GMC’s goal is to have agreements in place with all 22 colleges within the TCSG.

The goal of the articulation agreement is to provide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of select Ogeechee Technical College programs with an opportunity to continue with Georgia Military College to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Under the agreement, any OTC student graduating with their AAS degree and having at least 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of technical/occupational credit accepted as transfer credit by GMC, is guaranteed admission into one of GMC’s BAS degree programs in Business Management or Supervision and Management.

“We are happy to be able to offer our graduates this additional opportunity to leverage their education at Ogeechee Technical College into a higher degree,” stated OTC president, Lori Durden. “With a focus on workforce development, many of our graduates go to work right out of OTC, but for those who desire to continue their education, this new collaborative with GMC is an additional opportunity to succeed.”

This agreement formally recognizes that Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Military College are committed to the establishment of an educational partnership to better serve currently enrolled and future students at both institutions, as well as, support economic and workforce development in the communities served by these educational institutions.

“We are thrilled to launch this partnership with Ogeechee Technical College to serve the students of Georgia,” said Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, president of Georgia Military College. “Our BAS degrees are designed to build upon the occupational/technical education provided by an associate of applied science (AAS) degreeprepare students for career advancement opportunities and management and supervisory roles in their technical or occupational field. This partnership with OTC is another step in providing greater opportunities and a brighter future for the citizens of Georgia and is consistent with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative designed to provide an improved educational pipeline from high school through college graduation.”

In addition to this new agreement with Ogeechee Technical College, Georgia Military College also has articulation agreements in place with the following technical colleges within the TCSG:

Albany Technical College
Atlanta Technical College
Augusta Technical College
Central Georgia Technical College
Coastal Pines Technical College
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Gwinnett Technical College
North Georgia Technical College
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Savannah Technical College
South Georgia Technical College
Southeastern Technical College
Southern Crescent Technical College
Southern Regional Technical College
West Georgia Technical College
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Additionally, in an effort to expand the educational opportunities for AAS degree holders to pursue a 4-year degree, GMC will offer its newest Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Supply Chain Management and Logistics beginning in August 2017. This degree program is designed to provide technical college graduates with another opportunity to build on their AAS degree for careers in supply chain management, logistics, and related fields in today’s global business and industry environment. This degree program will be offered at GMC’s Augusta, Columbus, Dublin, Eastman, Fairburn, Fayetteville, Milledgeville, Online, Warner Robins, and Valdosta campuses. For more information visit www.gmc.edu/BAS

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Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin, will provide the commencement address at Ogeechee Technical College’s graduation ceremony slated for May 11 at 7:00 pm at Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse. 

Corbin was sworn in as commissioner of TCSG in January 2015 by Governor Nathan Deal. She oversees the state’s 22 technical colleges, adult literacy programs, and a host of economic and workforce development programs, including Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program.

Prior to joining TCSG, Corbin worked at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where she also served as Commissioner, as well as Executive Director of the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority. At DCA, she oversaw 65 programs and was responsible for more than $71 million in investment in Georgia communities. Previously she served 15 years at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), holding a variety of roles leading economic development teams at global, statewide, regional and local levels. During her time as Deputy Commissioner for Global Commerce, GDEcD brought nearly 69,000 jobs and over $13 billion in capital investment to Georgia.

During her tenure, TCSG has seen numerous advances, including an influx of dual enrollment students; new options for GED® completion and transcript acquisition; a tax credit program for employers who encourage GED completion, the opening of the Georgia BioScience Training Center and other new facilities, and a mobile app to facilitate college registration.

Corbin is involved in a number of professional and civic organizations, including Leadership Georgia, where she has served as president and chairman. She is a member of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute External Advisory Board, the University of Georgia’s Board of Visitors, and the Fanning Institute Board of Directors. She is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and has been named the last four years as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians. A native of Cedartown, she, her husband David, and their two daughters reside in Rome, Georgia.


According to OTC Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Ryan Foley, 1100 students are eligible to graduate, although fewer than that are expected to attend.  “Commencement is a time of excitement and celebration, and we are so happy to have Commissioner Corbin with us as we honor our students and this milestone in their lives,” stated OTC President, Lori Durden.

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Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured above with Marilyn Hale, President for Altrusa of Statesboro. Altrusa is an international community service organization dedicated to making communities better through literacy projects, working with at-risk boys and girls, supporting the families of wounded soldiers, and meeting the needs of local communities.  Dean Smith said, “It was an honor and a pleasure to spend time with Altrusa. Their contributions will leave a lasting impression on so many of our students and we thank them so much for their generosity and service.”

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Ogeechee Technical College Computer Information Systems Technology students are pictured above during a recent A+ Hardware boot-camp training seminar offered by instructors Terry Hand and Donny Collins.  For 10 years, the free, two hour classes have been offered to the students during their break as additional instruction for certifications.

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The Medical Assisting program at Ogeechee Technical College held a pinning ceremony on April 24 in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building. Twelve students received pins to commemorate the completion of their program of study. Program Director, Marilyn Turner, and instructors Michelle McCranie, Brigitte Bazemore, and Mallorie Morris recognized each student and affixed the Ogeechee Technical College Medical Assisting pin to the students’ lab coats to wear as an outward sign of their time at the College.

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Pictured above is Captain Todd Mashburn (left) from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department and Ogeechee Technical College Chief of Police, Stan York, during a self-defense demonstration. This was part of the recent Sexual Assault/Rape Awareness/Self-Defense Class held at the College for students, faculty, and staff.

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The Fit Life program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted Mindy Fair, a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, who addressed the group about the basics of what, why, and how to eat for optimal health. Fair said she loves to work with her clients and encourages them to achieve their personal best by sticking with them every step of the way. Fit Life was implemented in 2013 to encourage Ogeechee Tech faculty and staff to participate in healthy behaviors.

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Atlanta, GA — Bethany Boyer, a seventh grader at Statesboro's William James Middle School, had lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday. Boyer won first place in the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the sixth through eighth grade category. She received a $500 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the MAW awards luncheon held on April 27 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

“The design contest reaches out to our younger generation to show them how important manufacturing is to our lifestyle and economy, and to introduce them to the great careers available in manufacturing,” said Richard Warner, noted Georgia journalist and emcee of the event.

Locally, Ogeechee Technical College sponsored the Student Design Contest. “We are very proud of Bethany! She competed against hundreds of middle schoolers from around state, and was selected as the winner,” stated Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden. “Her insight into manufacturing in Georgia, and her artistic talent were a winning combination.” 

Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products.

The awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 24-28. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to this significant component of Georgia’s economy. According to Gov. Nathan Deal’s proclamation declaring Manufacturing Appreciation Week, nearly 10,059 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, where they provide 386,599 jobs, generate nearly $20.3 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

This is the 23rd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included The Georgia Association of Manufacturers, The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and HA+W | Aprio. Other exhibitors at the luncheon included APICS – The Association for Operations Management, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, the Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Employers Association, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, Georgia Trend, Next Generation Manufacturing, and the Technology Association of Georgia Manufacturing Society.

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The Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) Law Enforcement Academy (LEA), located at the Evans Technical Education Complex in Hagan, and the College’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, located on the main campus, will cease operation at the end of the College’s fiscal year, June 30, 2017. The Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) certified Basic Law Enforcement program has been training law enforcement officers for the past seven years, while GIS has been offered for over 16 years. In announcing the decision to discontinue the programs, OTC president, Lori Durden, stated that the decision was difficult to make. “This was not a decision made lightly, or reached without considerable thought,” said Durden. “It certainly is not something we want to do, but something that we feel we must do to be fiscally responsible for the College.”

According to Durden, the LEA has operated at a deficit for quite some time, due to low enrollment and expenses involved with providing the necessary instructors and supplies. There are also other providers who offer similar training for much less, or for no cost at all. “We have been duplicating services offered at the Regional Academy in Garden City, and at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, and the cost and time requirement of our program is more for students. It has become harder and harder to compete,” stated Durden. POST offers its own training programs which were previously only for police agency sponsored candidates, whereas OTC could offer its program to those wishing to enter law enforcement without having a job already. About a year ago, POST regional academies began admitting those who were not already employed with a police agency. With less tuition and a five-week shorter term, the competition for OTC’s program became more significant. 

“I want to commend our faculty and staff for the fine job they have done training law enforcement officers.  We know that our graduates are highly qualified and prepared to enter the workforce. This decision is in no way a reflection on those who have worked so hard to provide a premier POST program,” said Durden. Durden also expressed her appreciation to many in the law enforcement community who have volunteered assistance for the program. “Whether someone who has been a guest speaker, or an agency who has donated a retired patrol car to be used on the driving range, or those who have hired our graduates, we have had support from many in the law enforcement community, and we are very grateful.” 

While the absence of the LEA at the Hagan location will leave unused space in the College’s facilities there, it is not expected that the space will be empty long.  “We hope to utilize the space vacated by the LEA for another credit program soon,” explained Durden. “Our goal is to meet the workforce needs of our communities as efficiently as possible, and utilizing space and financial resources to their maximum potential is one way we meet our mission.”  

Ogeechee Tech will continue to offer its Criminal Justice program for those interested in a career in law enforcement. The final graduation ceremony for the LEA will take place May 4 in the Kennedy Auditorium on the College’s main campus in Statesboro. 

GIS has been offered at the College much longer than the Basic Law Enforcement program, but has seen its own challenges related to enrollment.  With declining numbers for several years, it reached a point where it is no longer financially feasible to provide the program, according to Durden. 
“One advantage of our technical college system is the capacity to adjust our programs to the needs of the local communities. While we are discontinuing some programs, we are adding new ones to meet the needs of our area. We always want to be responsive to the workforce demands of our area, and that need, or lack thereof, helps determine which programs we offer,” said Durden. 
  

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The Practical Nursing (PN) program at Ogeechee Technical College was recently ranked second best in practical nursing programs in Georgia, according to practicalnursing.com. The organization stated on their website that practical nursing programs around the state were evaluated on several factors which represent how well a program supports students in achieving licensure, and beyond. Past and present National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN®) pass-rates are weighted by year as part of the methodology used to determine rank. Ogeechee Tech’s numerical score actually tied for first, but the program which has the most graduates is awarded the higher position when a tie occurs. 

“We are happy to see that our Practical Nursing program compares well with other programs around the state. It is our goal that all of our graduates be given the greatest chance at success on their boards and in their careers,” stated OTC president, Lori Durden. 

To find out more about the Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Tech, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/605.

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Stuart Gregory, an Ogeechee Technical College graduate, recently spoke to students at the College about the information technology field. Gregory discussed the types of skills needed, what it takes to be successful in the field, important certifications, and the value of internships. Gregory earned a degree in Computer Networking and is now the owner of Dynamic Solutions, a successful technical support company in Statesboro. After a recent merger with Capstone Technology Solutions, the parent company to Dynamic Solutions, Gregory’s business now employs 15 people and currently operates in eight counties. Many of his employees are Ogeechee Tech graduates.

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A new club has been established at Ogeechee Technical College. According to the club’s advisors, April Burkes, Data Quality Manager, and Terry Hand, Computer Information Systems instructor, the e-sports and gaming club was created based on great interest from the student body.

In February, a club naming contest opened to students, faculty, and staff. 65 submissions were received during the two week contest, which were then narrowed to 11 finalists by gaming club members. Out To Conquer (OTC for short) was the winning selection announced at a League of Legends Play Meeting held on April 6th. The entry was submitted by Chase T. Williams, a Health Care Science student. Chase was presented with a Corsair STRAFE mechanical gaming keyboard. Congratulations, Chase!

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Pictured are scenes from Ogeechee Technical College’s Career Fair 2017. Open to the general public, the annual career fair is held to assist college and graduating high school students, veterans, and those currently in the job market to engage with area employers. More than 80 employers were on hand for this year’s event.

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Pictured above are photos of entries for the recent Cutest Dog Contest held by the Student Chapter of National Veterinary Technicians in America chapter at Ogeechee Technical College. Fox Dunn, owned by Matt Dunn, was announced as the winner. Thanks to all who participated!

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Congratulations to Ogeechee Technical College Quiz Bowl/Trivia Tournament winners, Crystal Aldrich and Allen Heigaard. The tournament, held March 21 in the College’s library, consisted of teams of students, faculty, and staff.

Lisa Lanier, Director for Library Services, encourages everyone to enter the upcoming drawing for a golden egg filled with prizes.  Participants should go to the library, answer 10 questions about OTC, and have their answer sheets placed in the drawing to be held Monday, April 17.

Congratulations, Crystal and Allen!

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Rebecca Williams, Art Director for Ogeechee Technical College, was recently presented the Diamond Award at the Spring faculty/staff meeting. This award recognizes and honors an exceptional employee who goes the extra mile and exemplifies excellence in such things as customer service, innovation, improved efficiency, a positive attitude, teamwork, community service and exemplary service to the College.  All employees of the College are eligible for this award, including part-time employees, and are nominated by their colleagues.

Williams’ nomination said, “Rebecca is refreshingly fresh, artsy, very witty, and 100% dedicated. She deserves the Diamond Award because she’s all in. She challenges the status quo and does not approach any task halfway. She understands the heartbeat of technical education and what it means to out student. She represents innovation, not only in the usage she helps create for the College, but also in the fresh approach to efficiency she strives for. She wants OTC to shine like a diamond!”

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The Ogeechee Technical College SkillsUSA team recently fared well at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta.  A team of fifteen students and seven advisors from the College competed in competitions including Quiz Bowl, Early Childhood Education, Practical Nursing, Medical Terminology, Industrial Motor Control, Electrical Construction Wiring, Information Technology Systems, and Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.  Advisors who attended the conference were Jackie Howard, Allen McDaniel, Kelli Waters, Terry Hand, Capre Mitchell, Shane Todd, and Norm Threatt. 

A gold medal was awarded to Jessica Cave in Medical Terminology and Katherine Osbourne received a silver in Health Occupational Professional Portfolio. Bronze medals were awarded to Franklin Rigdon, Electrical Construction and Wiring, and the Quiz Bowl team consisting of Rachel Bunch, Mikayla Haigh, Robert Woodie, Allen Heigaard, Jordan Price, and Crystal Aldrich.

Winners of the state competition are eligible to advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Congratulations to the Ogeechee Tech SkillsUSA students and advisors!

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Pictured above are students from the Cosmetology program at Ogeechee Technical College as they recently welcomed 29 citizens from Concerted Services to the program’s salon. The students performed mini-manicures, haircuts, shampoos, and styles. 
 
Concerted Services is part of the Community Care Services Program that assists elderly and/or functionally impaired individuals in continuing to live in their homes and communities by providing cost effective community case services as an alternative to nursing home placement.

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The Funeral Service Education and Business Management programs at Ogeechee Technical College recently combined classes to host Jennifer Radke, CEO/President of National Institute for Social Media. Radke discussed Marketing Your Brand and Industry Standards for Social Media with the students. She also engaged in an open conversation with the students about the pros and cons of social media usage. 

The National Institute for Social Media (NISM) is dedicated to social media certification and education for professional social media practitioners. Our curriculum is designed by educators and leaders in digital marketing and communication to validate the core skills essential for success in the various vocations of social media. Not only does NISM offer exceptional education, it’s a life-long community for professional development, continuing education and sharing best practices.

Their website states, “We set the industry standards for social certification and offer industry leading educational programs in social media to help students prepare for the NISM Social Media Strategist certification. In addition, we offer on-going social media professional development conferences and seminars for educational institutions, corporations, agencies and non-profit organizations.”

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Students, faculty and staff from Ogeechee Technical College recently volunteered at the Soup Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Statesboro. Students from the Student Leadership Council, Student Affairs, Veterinary Technology, Echocardiography, Medical Assisting, Sonography, and Society for Human Resources and Professional Development, along with their advisors, purchased, prepared and served more than 300 hot meals.

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Shown above is Molly Bickerton, left, Director of Admissions at Ogeechee Technical College, and Evangeline Huff Watkins, owner of Beautiful Fruition Beauty Salon. The two recently presented at an Adult Education Open House at the College. Dean for Adult Education, Samantha Smith, said the event was a success thanks to helpful information from the Admissions team and from Watkins. Smith thanked Watkins for her encouraging words and support of the Adult Education program and students. “She is truly a great example of how to put a GED to work,” said Smith.

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Students from the Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a blood pressure screening in the library of the College. Held in conjunction with American Red Cross Month, the event was open to all students, faculty, and staff. The Medical Assisting students were able to apply what they are learning in the classroom to help their fellow community members. 

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When the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation’s 2017 iGOT campaign concluded Thursday evening, the total $397,752 resolved on a screen at the celebration.

This is thought to be a new cash record for the fund drive, whose initials stand for “I give to Ogeechee Tech.”

A portion of the donated cash funds scholarships and hardship grants that make the difference for some students who would otherwise be unable to graduate, said OTC President Lori Durden.

“Our foundation provides critical assistance for the college and our students, in the form of scholarships, emergency assistance to allow students to remain in school, provision of the latest equipment for training in a number of our programs, and in so many other ways,” she said. “The college is able to better serve our students and the workforce needs of our area because of the strong commitment the foundation has to supporting the college.”

About 120 volunteers, working in pairs to visit local businesses and other potential donors, fanned out through Bulloch and Evans counties Tuesday. A campaign day in Screven County was held two weeks earlier, so about 130 volunteers have been involved overall, said Jennifer Cornwell, Ogeechee Tech’s resource development coordinator.

“The generosity of iGot volunteers, area businesses, organizations, and individuals, allows the foundation to do all its good work,” Durden continued, in remarks emailed earlier Thursday.  “The process is truly a team effort between a lot of people, with the end result benefitting our deserving students. I could not be more appreciative of the time and effort our volunteers, our benefactors, and our employees put into supporting the foundation.”
 
Foundation leader
Foundation President Dewey Newton is corporate lending officer at AgSouth Farm Credit. He has worked at AgSouth for 17 years and has served on the OTC Foundation board for about six years.

“The thing that makes me passionate about it is, every student at Ogeechee Tech is there because they want to better themselves,” Newton said, “and by them bettering themselves, it also helps Bulloch and the surrounding counties, because that’s another person working to provide income for their family, paying taxes, being a productive citizen.”

The foundation buys up-to-date equipment for programs such as radiologic technology and diesel engine service, Newton said. Responding to requests in hardship cases, the foundation has even helped students with things such as car repairs so they can stay in school, he said.

A year ago the foundation purchased about five acres of land adjoining the main campus and donated it to the college. Durden said the OTC leadership hopes to make this the site of a Plant Operations and Workforce Development Building.
 
2016 annual report
Ogeechee Tech offers more than 120 programs of study. The college’s website lists the certificate, degree and diploma programs in 40 career groupings, from accounting and agribusiness to veterinary technology and welding.

Additionally, the college offers GED, adult literacy and noncredit continuing education courses.

During the 2016 academic year, Ogeechee Tech enrolled 2,872 students in credit courses, equal to a full-time-equivalent enrollment of 1,663 students, according to its annual report. It awarded 1,169 technical certificates, 385 diplomas and 214 associate degrees during the year.

About 30 people attended the campaign celebration, held off-campus at the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The announced iGOT campaign totals were $364,950 in 2016 and $352,748 in 2015. OTC Vice President for College Advancement Barry Turner called the 2017 total of almost $398,000 “the largest cash total in memory,” noting that in earlier years some direct gifts of land were included in iGOT.

Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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Ty White, Counselor and Retention Coordinator at Ogeechee Technical College, said the College will hold a Sexual Assault/Rape Awareness/Self Defense Class. The class will be held Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the OSB Conference Room. Johnson said the representatives from the Rape Crisis Center will discuss sexual assault and resources for those who have been assaulted. Ogeechee Tech Chief of Police, Stan York, and Sergeant James Myers will present campus safety and self-awareness tips. Captain Todd Mashburn from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Department will teach self-defense tactics. For questions about the event, contact Ty Johnson at tyjohnson@ogeecheetech.edu.

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Jan Martin, Radiologic Technology Program Director at Ogeechee Technical College, recently conducted two workshops at the West Coast Educators Council sponsored Student-Education Conference. The first presentation was for students and was entitled Imaging Oddities. Martin said the presentation was radiographic images of unusual pathologies with a focus on the art and science of radiography.

The second presentation was geared toward educators and clinical instructors on Strategies for Clinical Success. This session offered ideas to identify strategies for maintaining discipline, open communication, and fundamentals of clinical instruction and learning.

Martin said the national conference is held every other year and she has had the pleasure of speaking at this conference for five years.

 

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Bethany Boyer, a seventh-grade student at William James Middle School, is the statewide winner of the 2017 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition for the Grades 6-8 category.  Boyer will be honored during the annual Georgia Appreciation Week Awards Luncheon on April 27, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. During the luncheon Governor Nathan Deal will recognize Georgia’s Manufacturers of the Year as well as Boyer and the elementary and high school-level Student Design Competition winners. She received $500 for her winning entry which showcases Georgia industries and products.

“This is the first winner we’ve had from our service delivery area,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore. Moore, who also serves as vice president of economic development for Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), surprised Boyer in the school’s media center where family and friends were gathered to congratulate the young artist. Each year OTC submits both a manufacturer of the year nominee and MAW Student Design Competition entries to the Technical College System of Georgia. The TCSG, the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, Georgia Power Company and the Georgia Institute of Technology are sponsors of MAW and its competitions.

“We are so excited for Bethany, Bulloch County Schools, and our community,” said Kathleen Kosmoski of OTC. “Kathleen said she felt we had a winner when she was reviewing the local entries,” said Moore.

WJMS Art Teacher Autumn Horton encouraged her students and art club members to participate in the contest. “Bethany is a member of our art club, and I am so proud of her,” said Horton.

“I love to draw,” said Boyer. “I’m not quite sure how to spend the money yet.”  Boyer is the daughter of Forrest and Mary Boyer of Statesboro.

According to the competition’s guidelines, kindergarten through twelfth-grade students submitted entries which depicted the “importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities.” Manufacturing Appreciation Week is April 24-28. It celebrates the impact Georgia’s 9,456 industries and the nearly 400,000 jobs they provide have on the state’s economy.

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Candace O’Keefe Culp, a licensed Optician with more than 30 years of experience in Ophthalmic Dispensing and Territory Management, recently addressed senior students in Ogeechee Technical College’s Optcianry program. Culp, a wholesale manager for Younger Optics, educated students on the many products of the company, included NuPolar polarized lenses, Trilogy (Trivex material) lenses and Younger’s one-of–a kind "Drive Wear" lenses. 

Culp, an accredited speaker for the American Board of Opticianry, is dedicated to serving the optical industry with the latest technical knowledge and service and was awarded Vision Monday’s “Most Influential Women in Optical” in 2009. Residing in Peachtree City, GA, Culp serves Younger Optics as Wholesale Manager for South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and the Caribbean.

According to their website, for more than 60 years, Younger Optics has established itself as a leader in the optical industry by developing new and innovative lens solutions. From polarized sun lenses that block blinding glare, to lenses designed specifically for the driving task, Younger provides a wide array of lens options, materials and treatments to meet virtually every eyewear need.

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Jan Moore, Vice President for Economic Development at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced the hiring of Katie Walker Byers as Conference Coordinator. Byers is responsible for all facility reservations and ensuring fluid communication between the person reserving the space, Information Technology, and maintenance. Byers said, “I make sure the space is reserved and that all details are in place, or ordered, before the event takes place. I will also promote our venues and show external people and companies how great our spaces are so they’ll book them.” She stated bringing in people who have not seen or used the facilities is what she is most excited about. Byers’ recent wedding reception, held in the Natural Resources Building Oak Room, was the first one to take place in the new building. She said she wants to share her event experience with others so they can have the same feeling. “I’m looking forward to combining my previous event coordinating experience with what I’m learning from Kathleen Kosmoski and Jan Moore to help maximize the use of the College’s rental facilities”.

Byers is a Statesboro native and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design. Before graduating from college, Byers traveled the world for three years with an organization called Up with People, where she was able to visit 16 countries.

Byers recently married Jake Byers and says they are the owners of a very outgoing cat, Kickin’ Wing, and will soon have a fourth addition to their family when Spud the Corgi arrives!  She enjoys dancing and being able to continue that with Dancing with the Statesboro Stars.  In her spare time, she enjoys sewing and creating her own pieces of clothing.

Moore said, “We are very excited to have Katie on board. Her marketing experience with post-secondary institutions will prove invaluable in this new position.”

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Students in the Opticianry program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker, Graham Postel, a local sales representative from Essilor. Postel discussed the company’s groundbreaking technology for progressive lenses in the Varilux® family of lenses and the dangers of blue light. He also spoke with students about the importance of providing future patients with the best vision.

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and the market leader in progressive, high-index, and anti-reflective spectacle coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than 9,000 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under various tradenames, including Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin&Lite®, Xperio® and DEFINITY®.

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Ty Johnson, Counseling & Retention Coordinator at Ogeechee Technical College, recently provided pop-up counseling services to the students. Throughout the week, she visited each building on the main campus. Her sessions were geared toward providing information to students on topics with which they were struggling. For more information about counseling at Ogeechee Tech, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/current-students/counseling or see Ty in Office 192 of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building.

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Bobby Jones, from Statesboro and now manufacturing manager at the Koyo Bearings plant in Sylvania, is a nominee to be one of the Faces of Manufacturing in Georgia.

Supporters can vote for Jones through various social media. Wednesday, Feb. 22, is the final day to vote for him. The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership at Georgia Tech hosts the program to spotlight representatives of manufacturing in partnership with other sponsoring organizations and companies and national sponsor NIST MEP, or in other words, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

In addition to his leadership role at Koyo, Jones chairs an industry group made up of representatives of companies in Bulloch, Screven, Evans and Candler counties, serves of the local board of directors of Ogeechee Technical College and is involved in Georgia Southern University's engineering advisory program.

"I began working in agriculture and then turned to manufacturing due to an interest in innovation and driving improvements in producing products," Jones said for his brief bio for the contest. "I love the challenges and opportunities manufacturing has afforded me."

The site also highlights community service work of nominees.

"Helping others is important to me," Jones said. "My wife and I own a certified therapy dog. We visit Assisted Living residents, Special Olympics, library reading programs, and school children bringing them comfort and enjoyment."

"Liking" the post featuring Jones' at www.facebook.com/GaMEPGT or https://twitter.com/GaMEPGT or www.linkedin.com/company-beta/16172031/ by Wednesday could help him make the final round.

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Adeana Brinson, a Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management student at Ogeechee Technical College, recently secured an internship with the Dillard House located in Dillard, Georgia. Brinson said her search for an internship that would provide her with exposure to event planning and hotel and restaurant operations, led her to a conversation with Alice Mathews, co-owner of Buzz Marketing. Mathews and partner, Jenny Lynn Anderson, are coordinating the 100th year anniversary events for the Dillard House throughout 2017. They put Brinson in touch with Natalie Dillard, owner of the Dillard House, Dillard and Brinson had a phone interview and a week later, Brinson was able to visit the place spoken so fondly of by her family and friends.

Brinson said, “When I met with Ms. Dillard, the other staff members, and toured the facilities, I quickly fell in love with the property, the history, and, of course, the food!” Brinson went on to say,” I will be assisting in the planning and logistics of the celebrations of the 100th birthday of the Dillard House, as well as events such as weddings and conventions. I will also be able to observe and work in all departments, including housekeeping, the kitchen and restaurant, the front desk, and more!  I'm looking forward to meeting new people, networking, working the special events, learning more about the history of the Dillard House, and experiencing different situations that will help me in my future career in the hospitality industry.”

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Students and instructors from Ogeechee Technical College's Adult Education program recently attended the African American Business Owner's Community Foundation Banquet. Students were selected from each class site to attend the festivities. Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education for the College, said, “Our students and staff enjoyed inspirational speakers, entertainment, and dinner. Our program will continue to strive to expose our students to the many opportunities available in our community.  Students of today are the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow!”

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This month, the Georgia Library Association is spotlighting the Ogeechee Technical College Library!

Please visit the GLA homepage (http://gla.georgialibraries.org/) or the GLA blog (http://glanews.blogspot.com) to learn more about the library and its innovative programming.

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Ogeechee Technical College Neuromuscular Massage Therapy students practice their massage therapy skills with Georgia Southern University student athletes. Along with practicing their technique, the NMT students gain valuable experience in treatment planning, documentation, and working as part of a health care team dedicated to helping the athletes to recover from training, competitions, and injuries.

NMT program director, Anita Brown says, "According to the American Massage Therapy Association, 50% of consumers receive massage for medical reasons. It makes sense for our students to be trained to work as part of a health care team. I'm grateful to be working with Georgia Southern on this coordinated effort to provide a wonderful learning opportunity and service for all our students."

 

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Jan Martin’s face beamed with pride as she was named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2017 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction recipient. The award is an annual, statewide competition that honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors.  Started in 1991, this honor recognizes technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through service, innovation, and leadership in their field. 
 
President Lori Durden presented Martin with the honor last week at the spring faculty/staff meeting. Durden said, “Jan is one of those people who were called to teach. She’s passionate about her program, she keeps her students engaged, and she works diligently to maintain the stellar reputation of her program. There’s no doubt she’ll represent us well.”

Martin said, “I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this award. I work at the best technical college in the system with loving and understanding administrators, faculty, and staff.”

Martin, who has been an instructor at the College since 1997, will go on to represent the College at the Rick Perkins regional competition. She received a check from the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, a plaque, and a reserved parking space for a year.

“I get to come to work and have fun and teach students about a profession I love,” she said. “I am passionate about what I do and it thrills me to see students eager to learn and enjoy themselves.”

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In honor of National School Counseling Week, Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden, and members of the Student Affairs team visited counselors at Statesboro High School, Southeast Bulloch High School, Portal, TLC, STEAM, Trinity Christian School, Bulloch Academy, Screven County High School, Claxton High School, and Pinewood. The Ogeechee Tech team delivered diamond-shaped donuts and balloons in appreciation of the counselors' dedication to students. Ogeechee Tech Dean of Students, Brandi Helton said, "School counselors play a vital role in leading students, not only through high school, but also to the next phase of their lives. The work they do directly impacts their students, school, and community. They deserve a week of recognition devoted to them and much more."

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker, Rebecca Drake, from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Drake’s presentation was geared toward training the Medical Assisting students to teach the Healthy Kids: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Initiative in local school systems.  According to the ADA, the program is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce childhood obesity. The ADA website says, “Through a series of informative and interactive sessions, children and their families will understand the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity, learn helpful meal planning tips and menus, learn ways to incorporate physical activity, and learn how to make diabetes prevention and control a family affair.” The program will be presented in Bulloch and Evans County schools.

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Susan Pope, a mathematics instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, said the storms that caused devastation in South Georgia last month really hit

home with her. Raised in Donalsonville, Pope knew many people affected by the storm. She said she knew the giving nature of so many of those people and she wanted to do whatever she could to help. Pope, along with English instructor, Matthew Gainous, who grew up in Camilla, Georgia, decided to enlist the help of their Ogeechee Tech family to collect supplies to help storm victims.

Gainous said, “Susan and I, both being from that area and knowing people who were affected by the storms, simply felt as though it was the right thing to do. We’ve lived in and around Statesboro for years, but South Georgia will always be home to us, and home needed help. We knew that, if we asked, the faculty, staff, and students of OTC would come together in a big way, and they did. We were overwhelmed by their generosity, but not surprised by it at all.”  Supplies poured in by the bag full and by the last collection day, more than three large pallets were organized, packed and loaded. They were taken to Coastal Pines Technical College in Hazlehurt, where they were combined with the efforts of the Coastal Pines’ relief efforts.

Ogeechee Tech President, Lori Durden, said, “The constant kindness of our OTC family continues to amaze me. These people are some of the most selfless people I know. If someone needs help, they don’t pause. They immediately get a game plan and they go to work, doing whatever needs to be done. I’m proud and honored to work with each and every one of them.”

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The Pharmacy Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held its Fall pinning ceremony for students completing the program. Dean Jennifer Witherington offered welcoming remarks and Program Director, Kendreia Durant, and instructor Cassandra Leeks, individually recognized each of the program’s thirteen students as they received their pin. A reception honouring the students was held following the ceremony.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently announced Jillian Johnson as an instructor in Logistics and Supply Management, a new program being offered by the College. Her experience in the field has included positions such as logistics manager, supply chain technician, inventory clerk, water treatment specialist, and chemical specialist. Johnson, a military service member, has traveled to such countries as Kuwait, Germany, and Afghanistan to aid in logistical support for the Army. In recognition of her outstanding performance, Johnson received the Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Non-Article 5 NATO medal. Johnson holds a Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

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Amanda Merry, named Ogeechee Technical College's 2017 GOAL winner during the awards luncheon Tuesday, and Melissa Behling, who said her farewell as the 2016 GOAL winner, have some things in common.

Merry is, as Behling was, a radiologic technology student. Both were nominated by Jan Martin, Radiologic Technology Program director and instructor. The college's winner in the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, competition goes on to regional and state competition. Ogeechee Tech has established quite a record, producing three state winners and two runners-up in the past nine years.

"I think that speaks well for the quality of the students we have on our campuses," said OTC President Lori Durden. "It certainly speaks volumes for the quality of our instructors, our faculty and our staff, and it certainly signifies the hard work and the great work that Ms. Kelli Waters does to coach and prepare our local winner for the regional and state competition."

Waters has served as Ogeechee Tech's GOAL coordinator for nine years and loves it, she said. This is the 46th year the state program has existed, so it is older than Ogeechee Tech. The statewide GOAL winner becomes an "ambassador," or example and spokesperson, for technical education as provided by the Technical College System of Georgia. OTC's Foundation and Student Leadership Council sponsor the program at the college level.

Rad tech tradition
Merry, 21, from Gwinnett County near Atlanta, is on track to graduate with an associate degree in radiologic technology in December. Behling, who went on to be first runner-up in the 2016 state GOAL competition, received her "rad tech" associate degree last month and is now working at Effingham Health's hospital near Springfield.

Ogeechee Tech's first statewide winner, 2008 GOAL student Laura "Molly" Bickerton, was also a radiologic technology student, also nominated by Martin. So the Radiologic Technology Program vies for the most GOAL honors with the Funeral Service Education Program, which graduated 2011 OTC and statewide winner Alvie Coes III and 2014 OTC and statewide winner Lucas "Luke" Teague.

"Because we're a competitive admission program, we get the cream of the crop," Martin said, explaining her three-time success nominating GOAL winners.

For each new cohort of students, the rad tech program takes the top 12 applicants based on grades and entrance exam scores. Personality isn't considered, and there is no interview process, but students must work hard to succeed, she said.

Jobs with starting salaries usually in the $30,000 to $40,000 range await graduates, and placement rates are high. Of the 11 students who graduated in December, all passed their national certification exams, and 10 already have jobs, Martin said.

"I'm very proud of her," she said of Merry.

Change of path
With becoming a nurse in mind at first, Merry came to Statesboro to attend Georgia Southern University. But the more she learned about Ogeechee Tech's Radiologic Technology Program, the more she knew that was where she needed to be, she said.

"We have to be very structured and we have to be very passionate, and I think that's what you need," Merry said, advancing her own theory about rad tech's GOAL success.

She has never been afraid to talk in front of people, but actually giving speeches is new to her, she said. The GOAL speech was her first. But asked if she sees advantages in technical college education, she already sounded like an ambassador for the state system.

"The cost, obviously, and then the success rate," Merry said. "I mean, 98 percent of TCSG's graduates go on to either pursue more education or they're employed in what they graduated in, so statistically it's like the smart choice, if you look at it that way."

Although their parents remain in Gwinnett, both her brother and her sister are students at Georgia Southern. Merry said she wants to remain in Statesboro for at least the first few years of her career as a registered radiographer.

Other finalists
Instructors in different fields nominate students for academic excellence and leadership, Waters said. But public speaking ability and willingness are needed to become a finalist, she noted. Nominated students give a speech and answer questions first for a screening committee made up of five OTC staff members. Then the finalists gave their speeches again and were interviewed by a selection committee for three people from outside the college.

"These are brave individuals," Waters said of the seven students identified Monday as having participated through the process.

Many more, sometimes nearly 50, are nominated, but after the process is explained in the GOAL orientation, the number drops by at least half, she said.

"These are our exceptional students here," Waters said. "Every single one of them could represent our college well."

Besides Merry, the finalists were Kartachia Charles-Wright from culinary arts, Tamika Sapp from business technology and Lindsey Turk from diagnostic medical sonography. The other competitors were opticianry student Rebecca Isenhour, surgical technology student Rhiannon Skelton and management student Davis Williford.

The foundation provided cash awards, including $250 to Merry as the winner, $50 to each of the other finalists, and $100 to Martin as nominating instructor.

Merry will compete with GOAL winners from seven other colleges to be among three finalists from the region named March 1 in Warner Robins. A total of nine finalists will compete for the statewide award April 10-13 in Atlanta.

The state GOAL winner receives a new car.

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Ogeechee Technical College Chief of Police, Stan York, recently announced the promotion of Officer James Myers to the rank of sergeant. Myers will serve as patrol supervisor for the College’s Police Department. York said, “Sergeant Myers has a strong work ethic and has given faithful service to the students, faculty, and staff at Ogeechee Tech. He recently obtained Supervisory Level Certification, and I am confident he will meet the responsibilities that accompany this new position with enthusiasm, which he has demonstrated since he came to work for the department.”

Myers started his law enforcement career in 1996 at Johnson Correctional Institute, which eventually transitioned to Wrightsville Youth Detention Center. He worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice from 1997 until 2001 before becoming a public safety officer at the Georgia Southern University Police Department. Myers worked part-time at Ogeechee Tech from 2009 until joining the force as a full-time officer in 2014.

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Students and instructors in the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Technical College are pictured above at parades in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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After getting grocery stores to hand out fliers to shoppers at Thanksgiving and Christmas, Ogeechee Technical College has a larger outreach planned for January to promote its adult education programs, which include more than just GED classes.

“We have a whole initiative planned for the month of January, but we did kind of like a mini-push during Thanksgiving and Christmas where we’re just getting the information out about the adult education and adult literacy programs at Ogeechee Tech,” said OTC Dean for Adult Education Samantha Smith.

As the January campaign will emphasize, classes that can prepare students for General Educational Development tests are just one aspect of the adult education program. Ogeechee Tech also offers adult literacy instruction for people who don’t plan to take the tests, as well as workforce readiness classes and help for students transitioning from adult education to for-credit college classes.

But the recently distributed flier promotes the GED program specifically. One side says, “Give yourself the gift of opportunity. Get your GED.” The GED classes are free, and the flier suggests calling (912) 871-1721 to enroll for classes beginning in January. It also gives the web address www.ogeecheetech.edu/GED.
 
Three counties
Stores in all three counties of Ogeechee Tech’s service area, Bulloch, Evans and Screven, had cashiers and baggers offer the fliers to shoppers, or put them in their bags at checkout, a few days before Thanksgiving and again before Christmas.

In all, 20,000 or more fliers were given out, said OTC Vice President for Economic Development Jan Moore.

The participating stores in Statesboro were Bi-Lo, the Food World on Northside Drive, and Ellis Meats. Also in Bulloch County, Ken’s IGA in Brooklet and Lanier’s IGA in Portal participated. In Screven County, the Bi-Lo in Sylvania distributed the fliers, while in Evans County, Food Fresh in Claxton was the participating store.

“If somebody who needs a GED may not be doing the shopping, their grandma or their brother or their aunt will be,” Moore said. “When people call in and ask what they need to do about starting class, we always ask, how did you hear about us? They often say, ‘Well, my grandma told me’ or ‘My sister told me.’”
 
GED plus 2 degrees
Bucky Martin, store manager of the Sylvania Bi-Lo, had a special motivation for helping distribute the fliers. After leaving high school without graduating, he attained a GED diploma and went on to attain a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

“It’s truly made a difference in his life, and he said, like, ‘Anything we can do to help and get the word out there will be great,’” Moore said.

Smith forwarded a quote from Martin. 
             
"People that have dreams sometimes give up,” said the Sylvania store manager. "This is a good avenue to take care of unfinished business. They can get back on the right track by completing their GED."

At Ken’s IGA in Brooklet, one employee who helped, Brianna Fulmer, 17, is enrolled in OTC adult education classes now. After leaving Southeast Bulloch High School in 11th grade, she is studying for her GED.

“We’ve had several employees to get their GED and one in the process of getting their GED,” said store manager Jason NeSmith.
 
Adding a GED site
Ogeechee Technical College has been offering GED classes at one location in each of its counties. In Bulloch County, the classes are taught on the college’s main campus, on U.S. Highway 301 south of Statesboro. The other locations are OTC’s Screven County Workforce Development Center on Community Drive in Sylvania and the college’s Evans County Technical Education Complex on Cedar Avenue in Hagan.

Beginning in late January, the classes should be offered again at another Bulloch County site, Statesboro Regional Library, after the college and library recently re-established a partnership, Smith said.

Currently, almost 250 adults take the classes in the three counties, she said. But she would like to reach more, and not just with information about the GED and literacy classes. That’s the purpose of what she calls the January Slam.
 
January Slam
“We’ll be participating in a lot of community events, getting the word out about not just the GED but about adult literacy across the board,” Smith said.

She will speak to various groups, and some events may be held at the Natural Resources Building on the OTC campus, she said. The college’s adult education staff hopes to have a presence in Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades in all three counties, and to do outreach about its programs through churches each Sunday.

“Adult education also includes adult literacy, and that’s for individuals who just want to brush up on their reading skills, or maybe they want to know how to master new computer programs and they’re having a hard time understanding the language behind  it,” Smith said.

Similarly, adult education programs can help employees be better ready for changes in the workplace, she said.

Ogeechee Tech also offers instruction for people preparing to take the Accuplacer and Compass college placement tests.

With a transition specialist on staff, the college provides other transition services, such as help with admissions and financial aid procedures.

“For those students who complete the GED requirements, we actually work with them and assist them in moving over into the credit courses for becoming full-time students at the college,” Smith said.

Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at Ogeechee Technical College recently held its Fall awards ceremony and graduation at the College. Fourteen graduates, along with their family and friends, were welcomed by LEA Program Director, Jim Mitchell. Judge Keith Barber, Municipal Court Judge for the City of Statesboro, offered special remarks. A reception was immediately held after the ceremony. Ogeechee Tech’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) approved program is an intensive 15-week process that trains individuals for work in law enforcement with a variety of agencies, including local police and sheriff’s departments. For more information on the Law Enforcement Academy at Ogeechee Technical College, please call the Academy at (912) 739-5367.

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Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) faculty, staff, and students were saddened to learn of the loss of their mascot and friend, Perdie, who died this week at age 14. Perdie, a beloved Dalmatian mix best known for her smile and sweet nature, served not only as a representative of the College, but also was an active part of the College’s Veterinary Technology program. Vice President for College Advancement, Barry Turner, said, “Perdie was the best member of the OTC public relations team. She was always a real trooper when it came to visiting with members of the public, and drawing positive attention to the College. We will miss her.“ Perdie traveled near and far representing Ogeechee Tech at various functions. She was always patient and well behaved, even when having to stand in place allowing hundreds of people to pet her, have their picture made with her, and just generally being the center of attention, according to Turner.  Perdie showed her teeth to people, not in a menacing way, but as a trademark smile that drew people to her.

An outpouring of condolences and memories were posted on the Facebook page of Perdie’s owner, Billie Walker, a Veterinary Technology instructor at the College. Billie said, “She lived a long and happy life serving the veterinary technician profession with that beautiful smile on her face.” Perdie was a rescue dog, but according to Turner, she hit the jackpot with Billie as her owner, and Ogeechee Tech as a venue for being the object of tons of affection.

OTC President Lori Durden said, “We are so sad to lose our favorite mascot, Perdie. She was so special and will be greatly missed.” Countless Ogeechee Tech students, employees, and visitors will have fond memories of Perdie for many years. “The Ogeechee Tech family extends our sympathy to Billie and her family as they must say goodbye to their sweet Perdie,” said Durden.  

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College held its Fall pinning ceremony on December 5, 2016, in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building. Fifteen students received pins, which they may wear as an outward sign of completing their program of study. Friends and family were welcomed by graduating student, Leigh Hutcheson, and Program Director, Marilyn Turner, gave introductions and remarks. Turner, along with Medical Assisting instructors Michelle McCranie, Brigitte Bazemore, and Mallorie Morris, recognized each student individually on stage. Student Jessie Jarrell led the graduates in the Medical Assisting Creed, and Betty Stidem gave closing remarks. A reception immediately followed in the Kennedy lobby.

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Ogeechee Technical College Culinary Arts Instructor, Tony Pisacano (back right), is pictured above with students at First Friday in downtown Statesboro. The students, cooking under the Ogeechee Tech tent festively decorated for Christmas, participated in the 2016 Chili Town competition at the First Friday Holiday Celebration Downtown Christmas.

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Vice president for college advancement at Ogeechee Technical College, partner with his wife in a local bakery-restaurant and still active in his original field, funeral services, Barry Turner also chairs the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau board.

Thursday, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce named him 2016 Business Leader of the Year.

Seated at a luncheon table in the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center ballroom, Turner had surprise on his face as the 2015 honoree, Doug Lambert, recited a description that could apply to only one person.

“I don’t think I could be any more surprised than I am with this,” Turner said when presented the award. “I’m usually the one who writes speeches for other people, and I don’t usually have to make them myself.”

Then he went on to say that he does the things he does because he loves the community and enjoys working with its organizations.

At Thursday’s sold-out, 288-seat luncheon, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber also saluted Statesboro Cardiology, the practice led by Dr. Stanley Shin, as Small Business of the Year. The chamber’s Committee of the Year plaques went to members of the Health Industry Committee. The luncheon also served as the 95th annual meeting of the chamber, which now has more than 700 members, most of them businesses with a number of employees.
 
Community service

In requesting Business Leader of the Year nominations from members, the chamber asked for nominees who show a commitment to the community and contribute to the advancement of business or Bulloch County’s economy.

“I grew up with a family that was very active in trying to support their community, and I just had that sort of model to follow,” Turner said.

His parents, Preston and Rachel Turner of Nevils, previously owned J.B. Anderson Peanut and Grain Co., a long-established family business. A graduate of Southeast Bulloch High School and of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Barry Turner worked 23 years at the funeral home that became Hodges-Turner Funeral Home when he purchased an interest in it.

After selling his part in the home in 1993, he continued to work there until 2000, the year he joined Ogeechee Tech as founding instructor of its funeral service education program.

Then former OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee named Turner public relations and marketing director. Vice president for college advancement, his current role, combines community relations and OTC Foundation responsibilities. While on staff at OTC, Turner has attained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and a master’s in organizational management from Ashford University.

He and his wife, Marilyn, own Sugar Magnolia Bakery & Café downtown. The Turners have a son, Brooks Turner; a daughter, Whitney Lavoie; and are grandparents to Ansley and Collier.

After 16 years with the technical college, Turner remains a licensed funeral director and continues to help at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home.

Besides the CVB board, which he currently chairs, he has been president or chair of the boards of the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority and the Averitt Center for the Arts. He has been president of the Kiwanis Club of Statesboro and has served on boards of the United Way of Bulloch County and of the Chamber of Commerce.

Turner is a past recipient of a Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award.

He has done volunteer work with the Main Street Farmers’ Market, Celebration South Music Festival, Georgia Special Olympics fall games and the American Diabetes Association, “just  to name a few,” Lambert said. In his remarks, he quoted two of Turner’s OTC colleagues.

“There is no person in this room who cares more about Statesboro and Bulloch County, its business and educational communities, and most importantly its people than Barry Turner,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore, now also an OTC vice president. “We are a better place because of Barry.”

“Barry’s dedication to Statesboro and Bulloch County is second to none,” said OTC President Lori Durden.
 
Statesboro Cardiology

Chamber Treasurer Elaine Norton presented the Small Business of the Year award, noting that it went to a medical practice that was the first in its specialty in Bulloch County.  Dr. Stanley Shin, a cardiologist who attained his doctorate at the University of Maryland’s medical school, came to Statesboro to found the practice 19 years ago.
Now, Statesboro Cardiology has grown to have five practitioners and 25 employees, Norton said. The practice’s new, larger building on Grady Johnson Road is nearing completion.
 
Toward 2017

Chamber President Phyllis Thompson spoke, recounting how Statesboro in April became one of eight national finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition.

Judges will review progress on the Blue Mile plan for the revitalization of South Main Street in April 2017, when Statesboro could win a prize of up to $3 million to continue the work.

Thompson also thanked Chamber program and membership managers Piper McAfee and Roxanne Kibler for their work through the year. Thompson, Kibler and McAfee are the Chamber’s paid staff. The chairpersons are elected volunteers representing member businesses.

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce Chair Mark Anderson, part owner of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, passed the gavel to incoming Chair Per Holtze, chief operating officer of Georgia Living at Home.

Holtze had the crowd laughing and applauding with his remarks in appreciation of Anderson, an extended cascade of puns on his work as a funeral director.

“Mark had been dying to be the chamber chairman. … He’s no working stiff. … He still finds time to dig into the chamber activities and bury himself in his efforts….,” Holtze said. “But the point is, everybody, Mark can be counted on, because he is the last man to let you down.”

Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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With seven sets of controls, but perfectly capable of assembling small pneumatic valves on its own, the mechatronics training system at Ogeechee Technical College is ready to help ramp up production of industrial maintenance technicians, and skill sets for those already employed, in 2017.

Poof! Pop! Whirrr! A miniature, automated assembly line operating at tabletop level, the mechatronics system made by the Amatrol company consists of seven modules, or learning stations. The robotic assembly arm may be the most eye-catching, but the system includes other moving gizmos such as a synchronous belt drive, a star-shaped wheel that positions parts for indexing, and devices for gauging components and sorting finished valves.

The learning stations are currently joined as a single machine, but can be unplugged from one another for independent use by students learning troubleshooting and repair.

“Process control, cycle time, there are so many things on here, other than just the mechanisms, that they can learn,” said Justin Goodman, a maintenance supervisor at Briggs & Stratton’s Statesboro engine factory who teaches industrial maintenance at Ogeechee Tech.

So far, Goodman and fellow adjunct instructor Tony Reagan, whose day job is with the Koyo Bearings plant in Sylvania, each teach one evening a week, often with one  or two students at a time. Employees of industries such as Briggs and Koyo come to learn skills specific to workplace needs.

After doing their textbook-type lessons online, the students use the OTC industrial maintenance lab, which was already nearly filled with smaller Amatrol training stations, for hands-on learning. Each of the smaller training stations is devoted to a discrete technology area, such as electrical wiring, vibration analysis or mechanical drives.
 
Fast-track classes
But the $210,000 mechatronics training system, installed in mid-November, brings many of the technical areas together. With its industrial maintenance lab now fully equipped, Ogeechee Tech plans to ramp up its course offerings to include a non-credit “fast-track” course in basic industrial maintenance beginning in January and for-credit certificate and diploma programs next fall.

Although the Industrial Maintenance Fast-Track Program will not be for official credit, the short courses should help meet the demand of local industries for maintenance technicians, said OTC Continuing Education and Industry Training Director Kathleen Kosmoski.

“It’s an eight-week program to take people with no industrial maintenance background and get them trained up in a short amount of time to start filling these entry-level positions in the companies,” Kosmoski said. “Some companies now have eight to 10 vacancies in this area. There’s just a huge shortage of industrial maintenance employees across the state.”

Three separate sessions of the fast-track program are slated, the first from Jan. 23 to March 17, the second from April 3 to May 26, and the third from June 5 to Aug. 4.

The course will include lessons in electronics, industrial wiring, motor controls, fluid power, mechanical systems, instrumentation, programmable logic controllers and troubleshooting.
 
For-credit courses
The for-credit Basic Mechatronics Certificate program is planned for launch fall semester, beginning in August. A diploma program may be called the Industrial Systems Technology Diploma, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, OTC Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness Brandy Taylor said in an email.

OTC Vice President for Economic Development Jan Moore expects about 10 students for the first fast track course but said that time will reveal the full demand.

“We know that there’s a demand for it, and it may be that the demand is training 20 people in our area every year, it may be training 10,” Moore said. “We may end up training people from all over southeastern Georgia and parts of South Carolina, until we’re running this non-degree program two or three times a year.”

Beginners will not start their lab work on the new mechatronics system. Students will probably need to complete units in AC-DC electrical, motor control, programmable logic controllers and two units in pneumatics first, said Goodman and Reagan.

The  money to buy the mechatronics training system came from a state OneGeorgia Authority grant to the Development Authority of Bulloch County, Georgia Southern University and Ogeechee Tech that also helped equip Georgia Southern’s FabLab in downtown Statesboro. A couple of smaller Amatrol devices in the OTC lab were also purchased with the grant funds, Kosmoski said.

But Koyo, Briggs & Stratton, Brodie International, Viracon, Claxton Poultry and the Bulloch and Screven County development authorities have also provided funds for the purchase of equipment in the lab, she noted.

Ogeechee Tech launched its industrial maintenance lab about 18 months ago in the college’s Screven County center, then moved the equipment to the lab in the new Natural Resources Building on the main campus  south of Statesboro in January.

Leaders of area industries have been talking about a shortage of trained maintenance people for several years. The jobs pay well, Goodman and Reagan said.
“We have technicians at work that make what an entry-level engineer makes in our front office,” Goodman said.

In other words, industrial maintenance technicians with experience can make over $50,000 a year with some companies.

“To me, that’s competitive. That’s good pay for the area,” he said.

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Jan Moore, Vice President for Economic Development at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced the appointment of Samantha Smith as the Dean for Adult Education. Moore said, “Dean Smith comes to us with extensive experience in adult education. We are very excited to have someone with her expertise and passion in this area.” Smith’s previous experience includes working as an Off-site GED Program Coordinator/Lead GED Instructor, On-site Recovery Facilitator, and most recently as a GED Instructor with Paxen Learning Corporation. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Georgia Southern University.

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Hyun Hwa Chi, or Ellie, as she has chosen for her American name, has been selected as Ogeechee Technical College’s 2016 EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgia in Literacy Education) winner. Ellie is a native of South Korea and has been in the United States for seven months. She says she immigrated to the U.S. for her family’s future and her child’s education. Although she has a four-year degree in Management and Computer Information Systems from a university in South Korea, Ellie decided to join the ESL (English as a Second Language) program at Ogeechee Tech because she feels it will teach her basic English language skills to prepare for life in the United States. Ellie says students in the program meet different types of people and learn to communicate with each other freely. Ellie said, “The class exposes students to many communication opportunities, conversations, and debates. These are important skills in today’s workplace and in college. The program also introduces internet sites for job searches and helps students practice for interviews. Students set goals for their education and for their jobs through this guidance. “

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits. The Technical College System of Georgia, through its Office of Adult Education, sponsors the annual EAGLE Leadership Institute.

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The 2016 Leadership Bulloch and Youth Leadership Bulloch classes recently visited the campus of Ogeechee Technical College as part of Leadership Bulloch’s Education Day. Participants toured campus and were provided an overview of the College, in addition to learning specifics about a number of programs of study. Tours were given by Ogeechee Tech employees Molly Bickerton, Hannah-Joy Dinello, and Jeff Davis. The two groups visited a number of other educational institutions in addition to OTC. 

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation recently held its annual J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro.  Twenty-one teams participated in the event that provides funding for literacy training, General Education Development (GED) preparation classes, and GED scholarships at the College’s Adult Education programs in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties.  In addition to the teams of golfers, a number of local individuals and companies were sponsors of tees, greens, and refreshment tents.  A large contingent of volunteers from the College and the community helped ensure a successful tournament. 

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The Funeral Service Education Grief Counseling Class at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a memorial service to honor the life of their friend and fellow student, Zachary Hart. Michelle Rupar, Program Director, said, “The students have endeavored to understand the impact of loss on others, as well as themselves, and how caring for themselves first allows them to care for others.” Zachary, a native of Washington County, was a student in the Funeral Service Education Program when he passed away. He was a 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership finalist for the College, and had served as a registered funeral apprentice and office manager for May and Smith Funeral Directors in Sandersville, Georgia.

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Pictured above is the Honorable Gates Peed, left, with Bobby Jones, center, and Ogeechee Technical College President, Lori Durden. Jones was recently sworn in by Judge Peed as a member of the Local Board of Directors for Ogeechee Technical College. Jones, who is the Manufacturing Value Stream Manager for Koyo Bearings in Sylvania, will be a representative of Screven County on the OTC Board.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in Career Day at Screven County High School. Instructors from Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Health Information Technology, Business Technology, Surgical Technology, Practical Nursing, and Welding and Joining Technology were on-hand to speak to students. Molly Bickerton, Director of Admissions for Ogeechee Tech, said, “It was an honor to be part of this important day for Screven County students. We’re committed to helping these students realize their goals of higher education.”

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Students in the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy and Business Management programs at Ogeechee Technical College recently welcomed Renasant Bank Commercial Relationship Officer, Thomas Monk. Monk explained commercial lending, as well as other types of loans, loan rates and terms, elements of loan approval, business plan components, and how the Small Business Administration can assist with business start-ups. “Massage therapy is a healthcare profession in which self-employment is an option,” said Anita Brown, NMT Instructor. Brown continued, “While start-up costs can be fairly low, a student with an entrepreneurial spirit needs to know how to work with lenders to help finance their dreams.” Business Management instructor, Alex Harris, said, “It is imperative that our students understand what a bank evaluates before deciding to lend money. Mr. Monk’s presentation will hopefully give our students something to think about before they make financial decisions now that could negatively affect them later in life, when their goals become clearer.”

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Thirteen students and six advisors from Ogeechee Technical College recently attended the Georgia Fall Leadership Conference sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). The conference, held annually, took place at the Evergreen Resort at Stone Mountain. Students who are members of various TCSG student organizations are encouraged to attend the conference and take advantage of the networking and leadership opportunities available. Ogeechee Tech students represented Student Leadership Council, the Society for Human Resources and Professional Development, Skills USA, and Phi Beta Lambda.

 

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The Funeral Service Education (FSE) program at Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) recently acquired a new SynDaver synthetic cadaver for instructional and lab demonstration use.  The SynDaver Mortuary Model can be used with a variety of medical labs, as well as for clinical embalming and anatomy labs. The model features an injectable vascular system, as well as the capacity for cosmetic feature setting, and a body cavity compatible with clinical embalming techniques. 

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is world famous for accurately reproducing detailed human anatomy with highly realistic materials. Individual tissues have been developed over the course of the last two decades to accurately mimic the look and feel of real human tissue for use in teaching medical and mortuary related classes and labs.

“This model will allow us to safely instruct students in a variety of lab settings,” said Michele Rupar, OTC’s FSE program director. “While actual human models are not always available, this synthetic model can be accessed as needed with minimal effort. We are excited to be able to add this advanced instructional tool to our program.” 

Ogeechee Tech is one of only three colleges to introduce this state-of-the art cadaver for use in instruction.

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Student Activities at Ogeechee Technical College recently sponsored the Ghostly Gathering at the Pavilion.  Activities included games, face painting, hayride, food, and the annual costume contest. The event was open to Ogeechee Tech students, faculty, staff, and their families.

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The senior Radiologic Technology class at Ogeechee Technical College recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive on the College’s main campus. The drive, held in conjunction with National Radiologic Technology Week, exceeded the American Red Cross’s goal of twenty-three units, collecting twenty-nine units. According to the America Society of Radiologic Technologists, the week long celebration occurs each year to recognize the importance of Radiologic Technologists nationwide, and also commemorates the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895. This year’s theme is “Beaming with Pride.” Jan Martin, Radiologic Technology Program Director, said, “The senior class would like to thank the employees and students that took time to donate during this time.”

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Phi Beta Lambda and the Student Veterans Association of Ogeechee Technical College are holding a drive to collect soap, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, bottled water, and laundry detergent to donate to Veterans and their families at the Fisher House at Fort Gordon. Fisher House provides military families housing nearby during a loved one’s hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury. Items may be dropped off in the OTC Assessment Center from November 1-17.

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The Funeral Service Education (FSE) program at Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) is now one of only two schools in the United States to offer Celebrant Funeral Training. Students in the program will now be able to add the Technical Certificate of Credit to their studies. Certified Celebrants are highly sought after professionals in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and now the United States. Michelle Rupar, Director of OTC’s FSE program said, “The needs of ceremonial audiences differ from those of other audiences. With this specialized training, our students will learn how to write a competent eulogy, construct an appropriate service that flows smoothly, and incorporate the wishes of the deceased’s family through the development of technical skills required in a celebrant. The elements of voice and speech, which effectively transmit thought and feeling, are largely important in celebrant services.”

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The Student Leadership Council (SLC) of Ogeechee Technical College recently volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Statesboro. Students from SLC, the Society for Human Resources and Professional Development, Medical Assisting, and Echocardiography, along with their advisors, purchased, prepared, and served a hot meal for approximately 300 people. Several College administrators were also on hand to help. The Echocardiography students also prepared and distributed personal care bags to those in attendance.

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The history books will come alive at Ogeechee Technical College, thanks to Batesville Casket Company’s authentic replica of Abraham Lincoln’s coffin. The Lincoln replica is often requested by funeral directors celebrating new funeral home openings and anniversaries, and by historical museums and Lincoln enthusiasts commemorating Lincoln’s birth and death. The Ogeechee Tech Funeral Service Education (FSE) program will use the display to teach students about funeral service history. Additionally, the College wants to offer an opportunity for the local public to see the replica casket as well, according to Jack Norvell, instructor in the Funeral Service Education program. 

Authentic down to the smallest details, with the exception of head lining and silver plate, Batesville’s replica is 6’ 6” long and made of solid walnut. It is completely covered in black broadcloth with a white satin interior. The outside is adorned with silver colored handles and silver tacks, or pearls, extending the entire length of the coffin’s sides. Lincoln’s original casket included a silver plate in the center of the lid inscribed with Lincoln’s date of birth and death. This plate is not included on the replica.

“We hope history buffs and anyone interested in this unique glimpse into the death of a U.S. President will take advantage of the opportunity to visit campus to see this exhibit,” said Michele Rupar, Funeral Service Education Program Director. The casket, along with other historical funeral service memorabilia, will be available for public viewing in the College’s Occupational Studies Building Boardroom starting Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3, from noon-4 pm each day. There is no charge for entry into the display. All employees and staff are invited to tour the event.

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Heather Lee, Fish and Wildlife Management instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured above explaining conservation methods to attendees at Ag Night Out.  The event, held annually in downtown Statesboro by the Downtown Development Authority as part of F1rst Friday, supports agriculture revitalization and works to strengthen community ties. 

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The Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) Foundation, Inc. was recently recognized by the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), as a Role Model Board for the 2016 fiscal year.  Various criteria, including board member participation in college events, participation in TCFA meetings, adherence to defined financial standards, and other requirements, were met by the Foundation and its Board of Trustees, to achieve the recognition.  Representatives of OTC’s Foundation were on hand to receive the award at TCSG’s leadership conference in Savannah.   Pictured at the award presentation are, left to right, TCSG Deputy Commissioner, Matt Arthur; OTC President, Lori Durden; OTC Resource Development Coordinator, Jennifer Cornwell; OTC Foundation Immediate Past President, Dr. Steve Healy; OTC Vice President for College Advancement, Barry Turner; TCSG Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin; and TCFA President, Larry Paulk.

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Students in the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy program recently welcomed local realtor, Todd Manack, to speak during their Professional Leadership class. Manack, owner of Manack Properties, spoke to the students about commercial real estate, lease negotiations, types of business rentals, and buying commercial space for their businesses. Anita Brown, instructor for the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy program said, “Employment opportunities for licensed massage therapists are available but many people pursuing a career in massage therapy are interested in the flexibility of self-employment. Our program at Ogeechee Tech has an entire semester in which students learn about starting and running a business. I am so grateful the business leaders in the community are willing to share their experience and knowledge with our students.”

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About 100 eighth-graders took a look inside three local manufacturing plants and Ogeechee Technical College's industrial maintenance training lab Oct. 6 for Manufacturing Day.

The middle school students also heard from representatives of participating industries Briggs & Stratton, Great Dane Trailers and Viracon over lunch provided by the Development Authority of Bulloch County in Ogeechee Tech's Natural Resources Building.

"We're glad to be a partner in it, and really probably the most important part is working with the Board of Education to get younger kids interested in manufacturing as a possible career," said Development Authority CEO Benjy Thompson. "Eighth grade might seem young to some people, but it's not young at all in terms of trying to get people interested in what they might do when they grow up."
       
Rachel Barnwell, the Development Authority's economic development programs manager, coordinated the event with the three manufacturers, Ogeechee Tech and the Bulloch County Schools.
       
"It's a national day, Manufacturing Day," Barnwell noted "It's recognized across the country."
       
She observed that the official day was Friday, Oct. 7, but that an event can be scheduled on any day around that time. In fact, the national website www.mfgday.com specifies the first Friday in October, but then adds "any day can be a Manufacturing Day."
       
The local choice of Thursday, Oct. 6, proved especially fortuitous when school was cancelled the next day as Hurricane Matthew approached. But Thursday's weather remained calm and comfortable.

Four middle schools
       
Students from the four middle schools operated by the Board of Education - Langston Chapel Middle School, Portal Middle High School, Southeast Bulloch Middle School and William James Middle School - participated. So did a few eighth-graders from the Transitions Learning Center alternative program.
       
Counselors were asked to help identify students who might be interested, and 104 signed up, reported Teresa Phillips, the school system's executive director of school improvement and CTAE. The initials stand for career, technical and agricultural education.
       
"We want to help students be aware of different careers, especially in our region, and there are several misconceptions about manufacturing," Phillips said. "We want to try to provide students with what manufacturing really is."
       
Students were divided into groups that took turns visiting each of the three industries. Human resources managers and other staff members at the manufacturing sites told students that contemporary manufacturing is generally clean, comfortable work and that safety, training and quality control are emphasized.

Industries up-close
       
At the Viracon plant, which fabricates architectural glass panels, Human Resources Manager Sabrina Vasher told eighth-graders, "We take glass and make it awesome."
       
The Viracon plant does not actually manufacture glass. Instead, workers and state-of-the-art equipment start with annealed glass sheets, heat temper them and apply coatings. Two sheets of glass held apart by an edging material, and with the space b etween filled with argon gas, create an insulated panel. The company makes some products that are bullet- or hurricane-resistant. The new One World Trade Center in New York has Viracon glass, as do some Las Vegas casinos.
       
After Vasher talked about some of the 72 different jobs at the plant, Human Resources Trainer Raphael Pantin explained the protective equipment required to work in the production areas. Then he called on a few children to join in a race to see who could put on the gear, including an apron with leggings, ear plugs and safety glasses and two different layers of gloves, fastest.
       
None of these manufacturers hires eighth-graders, but at Briggs & Stratton, students learned about an internship program where they might get jobs when they are in 12th grade. Last school year, which was the first year of the program, the small-engines factory employed four high school seniors as interns, said Briggs & Stratton Human Resources Manager Amanda See.
       
Currently two 12th-graders, one from Southeast Bulloch High School and one from Statesboro High School, are interning at the plant. They work 16 hours a week, from 6:30 until 10:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and get company-provided training and learn real skills, See said.
       
During the round-table discussion over lunch, Chris Conner, sales engineering manager at Great Dane Trailers, told students that Ogeechee Tech has a great welding program if any are interested in becoming welders.
       
"If you do see a hands-on skill that you're interested in, you kind of need to start looking at that early," he said.

OTC participation
       
This was the second year a Manufacturing Day event has been held here. The same three industries participated last year, but the visit to Ogeechee Tech was new this year. Students saw the now fully equipped industrial maintenance training lab.
       
In all, eight staff members from the three industries talked to students about manufacturing careers over lunch. OTC Vice President for Economic Development Jan Moore emceed the discussion, and she and Admissions Director Molly Bickerton invited students and their families back for Ogeechee Tech's open house, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. until noon.
       
Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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The Dental Assisting program at Ogeechee Technical College recently acquired three new patient chairs. To accommodate the new equipment, the program expanded into the classroom next door. With the help of Jeff Davis, Vice President for Technology and Institutional Support, and staff, the lab space was renovated to accommodate the new equipment and provide more training space for students. According to Dental Assisting Program Director, Yvonne Jenkins, the program has worked with two fully functional dental chairs since its inception in 1999. The addition of the new state-of-the-art dental chairs will greatly increase the amount of time each student spends chairside gaining hands-on experience. Dental Assisting faculty and students welcome you to stop by and check out their new space!

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In honor of National Veterinary Technician Week, the Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College will hold an Open House on October 20, 2016, from 5pm-8pm in the Veterinary Technology Department. According to the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), National Veterinary Technician Week is held annually to educate the public about veterinary technicians, reinforce value and professionalism, provide an opportunity for veterinary technicians to encourage one another for excellent work ethic and team building, and to acknowledge quality relationships with veterinarians and other veterinary professionals. Anyone interested in learning more information about the program, alumni, friends, families, and veterinary professionals are encouraged to attend the open house and reception.

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The senior Radiologic Technology students at Ogeechee Technical College will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on November 1, 2016, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Conference Center of the Occupational Studies Building. To pre-register, visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp

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National Pharmacy Technician Day is October 18, 2016. Pharmacy technicians play an important role in the healthcare system. They assist pharmacists with dispensing medications, compounding sterile and non-sterile products, and educating patients. Graduates of Ogeechee Technical College’s Pharmacy Technology diploma program are prepared to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).  Certified Pharmacy Technicians have a number of different career paths such as retail or hospital pharmacy technician, Chemo IV Prep Technician, Sterile Medication IV Technician, working with DME (durable medical equipment) distribution, working with Prescription Drug wholesale companies, and many more options.  These graduates can go on to obtain other certifications to specialize in certain areas of pharmacy.

Stop by the library to visit the display created by Ogeechee Tech Pharmacy Technology students and faculty to celebrate and promote their profession.

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Due to the severe weather forecast for this Friday, we have postponed the J. David Russell Golf Tournament until Friday, November 4. We will also hold the drawing for raffle prizes on this day.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone on November 4th.

Email jcornwell@ogeecheetech.edu or call 912.688.6098 if you have questions.

 

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Do you want to learn more about everything Ogeechee Technical College has to offer? Dr. Ryan Foley, Vice President for Student Affairs at the College, announced a Fall Open House will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 9:00 am-12pm.  Held at the College’s main campus in Statesboro, Foley said, “Open House gives prospective students and their families a first-hand opportunity to see all the great things happening at the College. Whether you want to attend a session about financial aid, take a tour of our beautiful campus, or have lunch at Cattails Café, visiting our campus is the best way to learn about OTC.” Foley says there will be many activities going on at Open House including sessions about Move on When Ready, individual programs, the admissions process, and student life.  Ogeechee Tech President, Lori Durden, said, “Open House is a great day to highlight our distinctiveness and introduce prospective students and their families to the people who make up this special community.”

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Ogeechee Technical College staff, Anita Brown, Molly Bickerton, and Rebecca Williams volunteered with Comfort Hands recently at Willow Pond.  Comfort Hands served sixty-six people during the month of September.  According to its founder, Anita Brown, the vision of Comfort Hands is that vulnerable populations in America will maintain human connection and feel supported by their community. Their mission is to promote physical and mental wellness through hand massage.

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To promote Literacy Awareness Month, the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Technical College is holding a book drive from October 3-October 17. Donations of new and gently used children’s books, early education literacy instruction materials, and adult literacy instruction materials may be dropped off in the College’s library, Natural Resources Building near the Adult Education office, the Evans Technical Education Complex, and the Screven County Workforce Development Center. The book drive will benefit the Family Literacy Initiative in Statesboro.

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Two Ogeechee Technical College employees, Charlie Collins and Loren Cranford, were recently awarded Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County Golden Hammer awards. According to Habitat's Executive Director, Linda Christy, this award is given to the most dedicated volunteer at each home build. Christy said, “In the case of House 50, we selected Loren Cranford for the Golden Hammer award because of his consistent dedication with electrical work on each of the many houses he has worked on in the past. He and Norm Threatt bring their students and give them practical experience with wiring the house. Loren takes the lead in working with the staff of Habitat Bulloch to get the needed supplies and puts in many hours, both before and after normal construction hours to see that the house is ready for final inspection.” Cranford has worked on at least fifteen Habitat for Humanity homes in Bulloch County. He is an instructor in Ogeechee Technical College’s Electrical Systems Technology program.

The House 51 Golden Hammer award was given to Ogeechee Tech Construction Management Technology instructor, Charlie Collins. Christy said Collins and his students were an integral part of Houses 50 and 51, which were under construction at the same time. She said, “About two months before their completion, Habitat’s Construction Manager had to be off for health issues, so Charlie generously stepped forward and volunteered as Interim Construction Manager. He worked with his students and the other volunteers to finish both construction projects. With his help, the projects continued on time, and the new homeowners were able to enjoy their new homes in August!” 

Christy said, “Through Loren and Charlie’s efforts with Ogeechee Tech’s program, Habitat is able to reduce the cost of each home which strongly supports our mission of building quality, affordable homes in partnership with deserving low-income families.”

Work on Habitat Houses, and other community services projects, are part of Ogeechee on the Go, Ogeechee Tech’s program which allows employees and students to give back to the local communities by volunteering. Students receive the added benefit of receiving hands-on training in their fields of study by participating.

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"She's a natural!" exclaims Ogeechee Technical College Surgical Techology instructor Terri Crosson, left, as sixth-grader
Cadee Allen, 11, tries her hand at some scopic surgical tools during William James Middle School's Math and Science Night
on Tuesday. Students and parents got to participate in hands-on activities offered by school staff, Statesboro
High School Culinary Arts students, OTC, Georgia Southern University and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

 

Content and image provided by the Statesboro Herald.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA), is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Krav Maga Worldwide, the OTC LEA will be hosting a Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor Course, Series 1-6, in 2017 at the Hagan Technical Education Complex in Hagan, GA.

The intense, 56 hour, Instructor Course provides Instructor Candidates with training in combatives, self defense, handgun and long gun disarms & retention, defenses against edged weapon threat and attack, arrest and control (searching, handcuffing, arm controls, takedowns & team tactics), defense against attacks with blunt weapons, ground fighting for law enforcement applications, and third party protection. 

The OTC LEA has been teaching Krav Maga as its primary Defensive Tactics platform since 2009, when Captain Todd Mashburn of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office developed the program for the LEA as a compliment to existing defensive tactics curriculum.

The OTC LEA is one of only two venues in the State of Georgia to host the Krav Maga World Wide Law Enforcement Instructor Course, and the only one to hold Series 1-6 in its entirety.  

“We’re hoping for a good turnout”, said Jim Mitchell, Director of the OTC LEA, “Krav (Maga) is an excellent defensive tactics platform, and, frankly, defensive tactics is an area in which many officers and agencies in the State could use more training.” 

For more information, contact the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy at 912.739.5367, or go to http://www.kravmaga.com/programs/law-enforcement-military/schedule/

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Ogeechee Technical College instructor, Terri Crosson (pictured center), and students from the College’s Surgical Technology program attended the bi-annual Georgia State Assembly of Surgical Technologists (GASA) held on Tybee Island recently.  GASA is the professional organization for Surgical Technologists practicing in the state of Georgia, and is the official state assembly organized under the leadership of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).  AST’s mission is to foster professional growth to surgical technologists through continuing education, legislation, and marketing. GASA provides a platform to discuss topics related to the field, including new medical advances in surgery.  Crosson said, “We had about 150 participants from all over the state that included students and certified surgical technologists.  Our students also made and donated stuffed animals to be given to children in the hospital.” Pictured above from left to right is  Our students from Ogeechee Tech included Amber Hurst, Chelsea Clayton, Crosson, Adrianna King, Kayla Singley, and Rhiannon Skelton.

 

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Constitution/Voter Registration Day in the Joseph E. Kennedy Lobby. Volunteers were on hand to register new voters, assist those who needed to change an address, and provide any other general, voting related assistance.

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Lori Durden, President of Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), recently announced that Jan Moore has been named the College’s Vice President for Economic Development (VPED). Durden was the previous Vice President for Economic Development, prior to accepting the appointment as president of the College.  Moore had served as acting VPED before moving to the position permanently. “Jan’s extensive experience in both higher education and economic development gives her a unique perspective. I have full faith in her ability to collaborate, strengthen, and expand the work of the College and the community,” stated Durden. 

Moore, who previously served as Dean of Students at OTC, worked with the Bulloch County Board of Education's Central Office, where she served as Special Education Supervisor/Behavior Intervention Specialist. She holds an Education Specialist degree and Masters of Education, both in School Psychology and both from Georgia Southern University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of Georgia. Moore's work experience in education also includes six years as School Psychologist with the Bryan County Board of Education. Additionally, she is the current mayor of Statesboro and the first female city official ever to be elected in the City’s history. She served eleven years as Business Editor of the Statesboro Herald.

Moore is a board member of the Georgia Municipal Association, serving on its Executive Committee and its Member Services Advisory Council. She is an executive board member of the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation, and was recently named as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Georgia J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. Moore is also a board member of the Coastal Regional Commission and served on the Georgia Southern University Presidential Search and Screen Committee in 2015/16.

Jan and her husband, Bill, have two children, Cecilia and Ginny.

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Dr. Ryan Foley, Vice President of Student Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced Kristie Sanders as Financial Aid Director at the College. Foley said, “We are fortunate to have Kristie on board at Ogeechee Tech. With her experience in higher education and specifically financial aid, coupled with her kinetic personality, she is the ideal choice to help serve our students and is a great addition to our team.”

Sanders was previously employed by Georgia Southern University, where she worked as Assistant Director of Financial Aid. While employed at Georgia Southern, Sanders served on the College’s Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Professional Development Counsel, the Career in Student Affairs and Enrollment Day Committee, and was selected for the 2016 Eagle Leadership Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University. Sanders and her husband, Steven, have one son, Dalton.

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*J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament was rescheduled for November 4, 2016, due to the recent hurricane.

Barry Turner, Vice President for Advancement at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced that the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation will hold its annual J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament for Adult Literacy on October 7, at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. The tournament is held each year to raise funds for adult literacy programs at the College’s Adult Education centers in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties.

For more information about having a team in the tournament or being a sponsor, please contact Jennifer Cornwell at (912) 688-6098 or by email at jcornwell@ogeecheetech.edu.

 

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Club Social at the College. Representatives from each campus club were on-hand to speak to students about membership and club activities.

For more information about campus clubs or activities, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/current-students/student-organizations.

 

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During the Fall 2016 semester, the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) welcomed its largest class in over six years.  Twenty-one officer candidates began training at the academy on August 15th. According to Jim Mitchell, Director of the Law Enforcement Academy, the increase in enrollment is a significant victory.  Mitchell said, “Recruiting has been a priority since I became director last year. We put together a good plan and executed it. We generated a pool of about 140 candidates in a six month period, during one of the most challenging times in the last forty years to be a police officer. We have the most gender and ethnically diverse class of students we have had since 2010. We made diversity an integral part of our recruiting plan.”

Mitchell said the record enrollment is gratifying and speaks well of local police agencies. “There are a couple of things to take away here. First, the fact that we have so many applicants is a good indicator that area law enforcement is largely getting it right.  That is a great credit to both the local communities and law enforcement agencies. Secondly, because of the timing, it means we are getting people who are committed to helping make things better, not just people who are looking for a job,” said Mitchell.

According to Mitchell, up- front fees covering things like background checks, fingerprint checks, and the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Application fee, can be hurdles for some, but for those who really want to be in law enforcement, overcoming those initial obstacles is worth it. “We go through a very time consuming process with the applicants,” said Mrs. Betty Robbins, Administrative Assistant for the LEA.

Mitchell said, “We already have twenty who are in process for the next class. That has never happened before and I am highly optimistic!” The academy is currently accepting applications for Spring 2017.

For more information about the OTC LEA, contact Ms. Betty Robbins at 912.739.5367 or brobbins@ogeecheetech.edu or visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/639.

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Dr. Ryan Foley, Vice President for Student Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced Ann Hester as Student Affairs Assistant. Foley said, “For many of our students, Ann is the first face they will see at Ogeechee Tech. Ann’s friendliness, willingness to help, and the fact that she’s a huge cheerleader for the College, makes her an invaluable asset to the Student Affairs Team.“

Previously, Hester worked for more than eleven years at SpartanNash, formerly Nesh Finch Company, as an Accounting Clerk and Human Resources Specialist. Hester holds an Associate Degree in Accounting from Ogeechee Tech. In her free time, Hester enjoys volunteering as a basketball coach for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.

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Dr. Ryan Foley, Vice President for Student Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced Sabrina Burns as the College’s Disabilities and Student Support Services Coordinator. Burns, a Sylvania native, is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and holds degrees in both Health and Human Services and Middle Grades Education. Burns worked in Admissions at Georgia Southern University and most recently taught middle school in Screven County for fifteen years. Burns said, “My decision to go back to post-secondary education administration was the best decision I have ever made. I feel very lucky and blessed to work at Ogeechee Tech!” Dr. Foley said, “Sabrina’s expertise, knowledge, and genuine desire to help students makes her a great fit for this position and an asset to the College.” Sabrina and her husband have been married for twenty-six years and have three children, Tiffanie, Taryn, and Tyler.

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Dr. Ryan Foley, Vice President for Student Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced Molly Bickerton as Director of Admissions for the College. Bickerton previously served as the College’s Academic Advisor.

Bickerton holds the honor of being the first state Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner from Ogeechee Technical College. When Molly was selected as the GOAL winner in 2008, she was enrolled in the radiologic technology program. The award meant she was Student of the Year for Ogeechee Tech and for the Technical College System of Georgia. More importantly, GOAL winners are considered lifetime advocates for technical education, and Molly remains an enthusiastic champion and true advocate to this day.

After graduating from the Radiologic Technology program in 2009, Molly joined the staff at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah where she was voted by her coworkers as one of the Top 100 employees for 2011. She was also asked in 2011 to be the first radiographer in the United States to assist a neurosurgeon as part of the Triumph artificial disc replacement pilot study. Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah was one of only five sites in the nation selected to participate in a pilot study to test the disc.

While employed at Memorial University, Molly earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Care Administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. In January 2015, she returned to Ogeechee Technical College, but this time as an employee. Her experience as a student and GOAL winner and her devotion to technical education made her a perfect fit for Ogeechee Tech’s first academic advisor position.

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Bobby Jones, Manufacturing Value Stream Manager for Koyo Bearings in Sylvania, was recently appointed to the Ogeechee Technical College Local Board of Directors as a representative of Screven County, according to the College’s president, Lori Durden. Durden said, “With more than twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, Bobby’s expertise will bring a wealth of knowledge to the College. At Ogeechee Tech, we connect life and learning to foster successful careers and stronger communities, and leaders like Bobby help the College facilitate that connection.  We are excited for him to be an even bigger part of what we do.”

Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Georgia Southern University. He holds professional affiliations as Chair of the Georgia Southern University Mechanical Engineer Advisory Board, the Ogeechee Technical College Business Management Advisory Committee, and the Industrial Group for a multi-county area, which includes Screven County.  “I am very happy to join the Board of Directors at Ogeechee Tech.  The College is a great asset for our region, and it will be rewarding to help support their work in this new role,” said Jones.

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The Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter at Ogeechee Technical College recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive at the College.  Laura Chambers and Ty White, Sigma Alpha Pi advisors, said thirty-three people participated in the drive. Ten of those were deferred and twenty-two pints were collected.

According to the Society’s website, Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success) is an organization that helps students discover and achieve their goals with a mission to build leaders who make a better world. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together to help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action to better the campus, the surrounding community, and beyond.

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Graduates from the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College recently celebrated with family, friends, and college faculty and staff at a pinning ceremony held in the Joseph E. Kennedy Auditorium. A total of fourteen students completed the program, preparing them for careers assisting doctors and nurses in a surgical setting. For more information on the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/399.

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The Student Affairs Division at Ogeechee Technical College welcomed students back to campus for the start of Fall Semester 2016. Students who signed an iCommit 2 Complete pledge were given a t-shirt to commemorate their pledge to complete their program of study at Ogeechee Tech. Resource materials with information about campus and community support were given out during the campaign week.

The iCommit 2 Complete campaign was implemented in the Fall of 2013 and occurs during Welcome Week, held the first week of every semester.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) recently concluded its Advanced Firearms class at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Range Complex in Savannah, GA. 

The intense four day course seeks to improve the shooting skills of police officers who are faced with deadly force scenarios. The training included numerous skill drills and reality based shooting scenarios designed to challenge the student officers. Officers were required to obtain a score of 90% or higher on the Georgia Standardized Qualification Course in order to pass the course.

According to Jim Mitchell, Ogeechee Technical College LEA Director, “Our goal is to take officers who already shoot well and make them better. Sometimes we get folks who need a little more work than others, but everyone leaves having vastly improved their skills.“

Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputy, Tim Capps, said, “I’ve taken this course before elsewhere, and this one is hands down the better version. “

The class is a required course for the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council’s Advanced Peace Officer Certification.

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Picture provided by the Statesboro Herald. Randy Holman, pictured above, settles in on his new front porch after becoming the recipient of the 50th home built by Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County. Recipients are required to put in at least 250 hours of volunteer work for Habitat and Holman put in over 1,000 hours working for Habitat's Restore and working on four different homes.

One week after receiving the keys and ownership of Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County’s 50th completed home, Randy Holman still had some unpacking to do. That, of course, isn’t unusual for a new homeowner. But unlike many buyers who find an existing home on the private market, Holman literally helped build the place, and also helped build several other homes and worked at the Habitat ReStore as a volunteer. Now he will make monthly house payments, but on an interest-free mortgage, a portion of which will be forgiven if he makes timely payments.

Sitting Friday in the well-furnished little den area of his new 1,050-square-foot, three-bedroom wood-frame house on Mikell Street, he talked about pride and gratitude.

“It’s not the Taj Mahal or anything, but you know, it’s my castle, it’s my home, and I’m proud of it, I’m grateful for it, and I thank God for Habitat, the people who support Habitat, the people who donate their money, their time,” Holman said.

Holman, 56, never owned a home before. He moved to Statesboro almost 13 years ago and has worked at the Briggs & Stratton engine factory for more than 12. He works night shift as a machine operator, machining parts for use in the next day’s production run.

A single father, Holman will share his home with his son Quincy, 8. While the house was being completed and through his father’s move, Quincy was staying with relatives in Metter and started third grade there, but he previously attended Mattie Lively Elementary School in Statesboro.

“I’m going to take care of it, too,” Holman said of his new house. “I hope to live long enough to pay for it, but after that, it’s Quincy’s. At least he’ll have a roof over his head, some place he can go and say ‘Dad did this for me,’ you know.  … I don’t think I’ll ever be a millionaire or whatever, but at least I did something that my children, even the older ones can say, ‘Dad, he did something to be proud of.’”

His two older children, Alexander and Tresca, are in their early 20s and live in South Carolina. But Quincy previously lived with his father in a rented two-bedroom apartment house, which wasn’t in good shape, in another area of Statesboro.

The Cost of Buying
Holman had looked into home ownership, but found that with many homes on the market he could expect mortgage payments of $700 to $900 a month.
“I mean, I could have probably did it, but then I wouldn’t have much of a lifestyle after that,” he said. “It would have been a struggle. All I would have been doing is just paying the mortgage and stuff and not living, you know."

“With a Habitat house I can afford it, still have money in my pocket,” Holman said. “It’s a blessing for a person like me. This is what I asked God for. I prayed for that, some place I could afford.”

Holman read in the newspaper about two years ago that Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County was taking applications, and started the process. His Habitat mortgage payment will be less than his previous rent, he said.
 
Sweat Equity
Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that describes itself as a Christian housing ministry, was founded in Georgia 40 years ago and now operates on six continents. The Bulloch County chapter has been in existence 25 years, and now builds, or occasionally rebuilds, two homes per year.

Habitat requires that residents contribute “sweat equity” to the organization and in the construction of their homes. Previously 500 hours was required, but 250 hours is now required.

“We’ve backed it off with the reality of single parents trying to keep a job and be financially responsible and do their volunteer time,” said local Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Linda Christy.

Of the 250 hours, 100 must be in home construction, and 90 must be completed before work begins on the prospective buyer’s own home, Christy said.  The would-be homeowners also get credit for about 20 hours spent in required financial planning courses.

Holman greatly exceeded the 250-hour minimum. He said he is sure he has done more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work with Habitat. His first task was painting at House 47, and his own house was the fourth he has helped build.

Like many prospective homeowners, he also volunteered at the ReStore. He assisted customers and picked up and delivered items such as furniture.
 
A Second ‘Job’
After finishing a shift at Briggs around 6:30 a.m., he would sometimes begin Habitat work at 8 a.m. and get his rest in the late afternoon.

“I took it like a second job,” Holman said.

But it was a kind of work he enjoys.

“You had a lot of good volunteers come in, people that are putting their time and effort into it,” he said. “It was a pleasure, you know.”

Ogeechee Technical College Construction Management instructor Charles Collins and his students did a lot of work on the house, and OTC Electrical Systems instructor Loren Cranford did the wiring, Christy said. Some Georgia Southern University engineering and construction management students also worked on the home.

Holman said he wanted to express his gratitude to these volunteers and also to Habitat Bulloch Construction Manager Jeffry Roberson and especially to Allen Webb, the organization’s longest-serving construction volunteer.

Webb, who is Christy’s father, is 88 and continues to work on the houses. He has worked on every house since the second one built by the local Habitat, Christy said.

“He really impressed me,” Holman said.

Holman has 25 years to pay off his home. An appraiser valued House 50 at about $70,000, so that was the purchase price, Christy said. However, Holman’s primary mortgage was for $55,000. The remaining $15,000 is in what Habitat calls a “soft second mortgage” and will be forgiven at the rate of $1,000 a year as long as he makes timely payments.

“When they make those mortgage payments, that money comes back to us to build more houses in the local area,” Christy said.
 
House 50 Sponsors
House 50 was built as a Memorial House in memory of Sally Thompson and her stepson David Thompson, with the sponsorship by Don Thompson, who was Sally’s husband and David’s father. Don Thompson now lives in Arizona, but he and Sally were longtime Habitat Bulloch volunteers.

The Kiwanis Club of Statesboro also sponsored House 50 and helped Habitat purchase the site.

A number of volunteers and contributors attended the dedication of Holman’s home Aug. 6. They held hands in Holman’s kitchen as Pastor Lisa DeLoach of City of David Worship Assembly led a prayer of blessing.

Bob Mikell, Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County president since July 1, is also involved in the revitalization drive for South Main Street and surrounding neighborhoods, known as the Blue Mile. Although much of the talk is about streetscapes and park space and attracting businesses, the Blue Mile plan, which has made Statesboro one of eight national finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition, also highlights efforts to bring in new residents.

“We are happy to partner with the city to be part of the Blue Mile revitalization program, which is about providing a revitalization of this core, this historic neighborhood of Statesboro, with people like Mr. Randy and homes like this, and providing hope and quality, affordable housing right in the center of Statesboro,” Mikell said during the dedication.

House 51, on the corner of Institute and Mikell streets and next-door to Holman’s new home, is scheduled for dedication Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m.

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Music, a red carpet, and smiles on the faces of excited Ogeechee Technical College faculty and staff greeted students from area high schools last week as they stepped off buses and entered the College’s Natural Resources Building. Among those students was Blake Stroud, a 17 year old senior at Claxton High School. Stroud has aspirations to become an athletic trainer and thanks to the Move On When Ready program, he is already laying the foundation for that plan.

Move On When Ready (MOWR) is a dual enrollment program that allows qualified 9th-12th grade students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit by attending and passing approved college courses.  There is no tuition or non-related costs to the student and textbooks are provided by the College. The program, administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, is funded through state appropriations.

Blake feels that Move On When Ready is a great opportunity for high school students. He said that free college helps save his family money and is something that will greatly benefit him in the future.  His dad, Mark Stroud, who is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Claxton High School, said, “As an educator, I’m excited for Claxton High School to be affiliated with Ogeechee Tech. Move On When Ready will give our students an opportunity to receive college credit while still in high school.  As a parent, I’m excited because when my son graduates, he’ll have six semesters of college complete at no expense to me. Claxton High is a small school, so acclimating to Ogeechee Tech is easier than it might be at a much larger, four-year school. OTC has such a welcoming environment and our students don’t feel like just a number.” Stroud says around 25% of their senior population is participating in Move On When Ready.

Claxton High School Counselor, Courtney Tinsley, said, “The ease of transition of this program is amazing and Nadia Vining, Ogeechee Technical College’s High School Coordinator, is so accommodating."

Claxton High School Principal, Todd Veland, said, “I believe Move On When Ready is a great thing for Claxton High School students.  I believe it gives students who are ready for the extra rigor and academic excellence expected in college course work to challenge themselves and earn college credit at the same time.  It is a WIN WIN as we would say.  Go Tigers!”

Marty Waters, Evans County Interim Superintendent said, “Move On When Ready is a wonderful collaborative opportunity for districts to expand course offerings and advance student learning.  I’m glad to see that Evans County Schools has developed these partnerships and look forward to building on these in the future. “

For more information about the Move On When Ready program at Ogeechee Tech, call 912.871.8522 or email MOWR@ogeecheetech.edu.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) recently completed its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy.  Participants from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties attended sessions which were held at OTC’s Evans Technical Education Complex in Hagan.  The program provided a summary of the training and education that officer candidates receive before serving as peace officers, while offering insight into common questions and concerns about police practices. 

Classroom topics included police candidate selection, police training doctrine, use of force scenarios, and an overview of policing concepts such as Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing, and Intelligence-led Policing. Additionally, the attendees participated in a variety of law enforcement training, from traffic stops to de-escalation tactics.  “The Citizen’s Police Academy is about building partnerships of understanding and legitimacy with the public”, said Jim Mitchell, Director of the OTC LEA.  “Building rapport with the community is an essential police function. We don’t solve problems in our communities by working against each other. We have to come together to move forward, that’s what this is about”. 

The program had eight sessions on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30.  The OTC LEA plans to hold its next Citizen’s Police Academy in March of 2017. To obtain an application, or for more information about the OTC LEA Citizen’s Police Academy, or about the OTC LEA, please contact Betty Robbins at 912.739.5367 or at brobbins@ogeecheetech.edu.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) recently graduated its newest class of POST Certified Firearms Instructors at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Range Complex in Savannah, GA.

The intense two-week course began with instructor candidates on the firing range, where students were required to obtain a score of 90% or better on the Georgia Standardized Qualification Course in order to continue in the class. Candidates were not allowed warm-ups or a second attempt. “This is not an easy course. Last year, we had thirteen instructor candidates there on the first morning. After we ran the pre-admission qualification course, there were only two instructor candidates remaining,” said OTC LEA Director Jim Mitchell.

Subsequent to demonstrating the skills necessary for admission to the class, the instructor candidates received instruction on firearms instructor liability and use of force liability, adult learning, equipment selection, shooting fundamentals and target analysis, on-line instructional techniques, firearms and range maintenance, tactical shooting and course design, course of fire planning, testing, and evaluation, as well as instruction on training officers of differing attributes.

Instructor candidates were initially divided into coach-student teams with which to practice their instructional skills. Later, the candidates, under the observation of senior firearms instructors, were provided with live students to train and required to develop and administer a tactical shooting course that incorporated a broad spectrum of training points as set forth by agency policy, training guidelines, and current case law. Throughout the course, the candidates were observed and evaluated by veteran firearms instructors. According to Mitchell, the firearms instructor course is among the most challenging courses in law enforcement. In order to attend the course, officers must already have completed the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council General Instructor Course.

Mitchell said, “Most agencies generally send their best officers to the general instructor course, and that course usually experiences a 50% or greater attrition rate.  These officers have survived that cut and have now moved into another instructor course that often has at least 40% attrition. That’s a pretty awesome achievement!”

The Law Enforcement Academy at Ogeechee Tech conducts the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Firearms Instructor Course at least once a year.

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ATLANTA – Commissioner Gretchen Corbin announced today that Lori Durden will be the new president of Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), after serving as acting president for the past month. The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) voted during its monthly meeting today to accept Commissioner Corbin’s recommendation of Ms. Durden to the position.
 
Board member Tommy David made the motion to accept Corbin’s recommendation of Ms. Durden and the full board voted unanimously to approve the appointment. Lori Durden will assume her duties as president on August 5th, 2016.
 
Ms. Durden previously served as Vice President for Economic Development at OTC, where her responsibilities included continuing education and industry training, adult education (GED and literacy programs), and facility rentals. She was instrumental in assisting Great Dane Trailers’ job search for employees for its new Statesboro plant, and facilitating a job fair on OTC’s campus that hosted 3,500 applicants. Active in economic development activities in Ogeechee Tech’s service delivery area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, Ms. Durden supported local industrial development authorities as they worked to strengthen the economic vitality of the region.
 
“Ms. Durden has shown excellent leadership, both in her time as Vice President of Economic Development, and as acting president of Ogeechee Technical College,” said Commissioner Corbin. “With her background in economic development and outreach to local industry, as well as her academic partnerships and expertise developed while serving on the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents, she is the ideal choice to serve both students and the community.”
 
Ms. Durden received a Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University, and prior to her affiliation with Ogeechee Tech, was Director for the Small Business Development Center at Georgia Southern.
 
She is also active on many local and state boards. Her most recent involvements include the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Public Education in Bulloch County, the Coastal Workforce Investment Board, the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Statesboro Board of Directors. In 2013, Governor Deal appointed her to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, representing the 12th Congressional District.
 
“It is an honor to assume the presidency of Ogeechee Tech,” Durden said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties and the entire region, and working with both faculty and students to continue the success of OTC.” Ms. Durden currently resides in Statesboro, with her husband Tim and their three children.

 
About Ogeechee Technical College

Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is a public institution of higher education that contributes to the economic, educational, and community development of its three‐county service area of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties. OTC provides student‐centered, academic and technical education programs at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels utilizing traditional and distance education methodologies, support services, adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training to the citizens of the communities it serves. Visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/ for more information.

 
About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions.  For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.

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Ogeechee Technical College signed a memorandum of understanding with Armstrong State University in Savannah on Tuesday, bridging the institutions' programs in criminal justice and information technology through a rigorous collection of major field courses.

Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken and Ogeechee Tech's acting President Lori Durden signed the memorandum in the lobby of Burnett Hall on the Armstrong campus. Armstrong Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert T. Smith and OTC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Charlene Lamar also attended the signing ceremony.

"This is how higher education should work," Durden said. "By breaking down this barrier, we're creating a seamless transition for our students so that they don't have to waste time or money."

The signed memorandum means Armstrong will honor all courses students take at Ogeechee Tech. Now, students who enter a bachelor's degree program at Armstrong will do so with nearly half their course of study completed when they have earned their associate's degree in criminal justice or computer information systems related programs at Ogeechee Tech.

"This partnership with Ogeechee Technical College is important to Armstrong," Bleicken said. "This allows us to create seamless pathways for our students and to encourage a back-and-forth exchange of ideas between our communities."

Bleicken said the agreement is one of many ways that Armstrong is committed to extending opportunities to students throughout the region. Armstrong also has memorandums in place with a number of other regional institutions including South University, Savannah Technical College, Georgia Military College and the U.S. Army Center for Cyber Excellence.

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Students, faculty, and staff at Ogeechee Technical College are pictured above at a reception recently held to honor the College’s SkillsUSA team. Each academic year, OTC students have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA in areas related to their programs of study.

SkillsUSA, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations, is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA every year, which improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. The organization enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work, serving more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.

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According to Kelly Kingry, Dean for Industry and Public Service at Ogeechee Technical College, the entire class of OTC Commercial Truck Driving students from Summer semester recently successfully completed the required Department of Driver Services (DDS) license test with exceptional scores.  Prospective drivers are given two opportunities to pass the state mandated test, but all students this term passed easily on their first attempt.  According to testing officials, all students scored high on the tests, including one student who obtained a perfect score.

Jim Riner is Director and lead day class Instructor for the program, and Ronnie Cameron provides instruction for the night classes. Adjunct instructors for the program are Chelesea Brown and Dennis Moore. For more information about the Commercial Truck Driving Program at Ogeechee Technical College, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/523.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College held its summer pinning ceremony on July 26 in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building on the main campus. According to Program Director, Marilyn Turner, 17 students were individually recognized for their achievement and presented with an Ogeechee Technical College Medical Assisting pin. A reception was held after the ceremony to give the graduating class an opportunity to celebrate with family members, friends, and classmates.

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Ogeechee Technical College students enjoyed an ice cream social last week. The event, held in the Health Science North lobby, was sponsored by the Student Leadership Council and open to all current students.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a ‘Meet OTC’ event at Luetta Moore Park in Statesboro. The drop-in event featured several programs from the College and experts were on hand from Adult Education, Financial Aid, and Admissions to answer questions. Application fees were waived for participants who applied for Fall.  Molly Bickerton, Academic Advisor/Recruiter for Ogeechee Tech said, “In the past, recruiting for a technical or community college consisted mostly of waiting for the community to come to the college. Now, we face a more competitive and technological marketplace, which requires us to supplement traditional recruitment methods with innovation, ingenuity, and most importantly, teamwork. Events like Meet OTC allow us to bring our message directly to the community.”

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Pictured signing the guest registry from left to right: William Sims, Ben Purvis,
Tommy Brown, Richard Reed, Bobby Ivy, Bobby Durden, and Noel Brown.

The Funeral Service Education Grief Counseling class at Ogeechee Technical College held a memorial tribute in memory of Dallas and Baton Rouge law enforcement officers recently killed in the line of duty. Pastor Jacob Brown gave the introduction and Corporal Brian Nessmith and Sergeant Noel Brown of the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office served as Color Guard. Closing remarks were given by Reverend Craig Tremble. The class provided a guest registry table in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building throughout the day. Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to sign the books, which will be sent to the families of the slain officers.

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Ogeechee Technical College faculty and staff recently enjoyed an employee appreciation event at the College. Plum’ Broke Pops, a Screven County company which makes the popsicles from fresh, local ingredients, supplied the treats.  Pictured, instructor Alex Harris (right) is happy to receive a pop from Plum’ Broke Pops owners Tom Williams (left) and Jim Wiggins.

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Members of the Shine Clubhouse in Statesboro recently visited the Cosmetology Program at Ogeechee Technical College. Students from the Cosmetology program helped Shine members prepare for their annual prom.  According to their website, Shine, one of six resiliency support clubhouses in Georgia, is part of a program designed to provide a comprehensive and unique set of services for children and families coping with the isolation, stigma, and other challenges of mental health disorders. The clubhouse programs provide supportive services that include educational supports, employment services, peer support, family engagement, social activities, and other initiatives geared to engage youth and assist them in managing behaviors and symptoms.

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Ogeechee Technical College’s Cosmetology program recently partnered with the College’s Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter for a community service project. According to Ty White and Laura Chambers, Sigma Alpha Pi Advisors, twenty-five senior citizens from the Statesboro Concerted Services program were treated to manicures and hairstyling services by students in DJ Holloway’s and Jeff Shaver’s cosmetology classes.  One senior said, “This was truly a treat, I can’t remember the last time I was able to go to a hair salon.” Johnson said, “I am so proud of the students and honored to work with Ms. Holloway and Mr. Shavers. The services and professionalism displayed created a lasting impression on everyone.”

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Students in the Commercial Construction Management and Electrical Systems Technology programs at Ogeechee Technical College, under the direction of program faculty, Charlie Collins, Loren Cranford and Norm Threatt recently volunteered during the construction of two Habitat for Humanity Houses in Bulloch County.  Students in Collins’ Commercial Construction Management program are seen above installing cabinets. Students in Cranford’s and Threatt’s classes wired the homes. Ogeechee Technical College’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charlene Lamar, said, “Volunteering for such a great organization like Habitat, gives our students an opportunity to give back to the citizens of the community. While the students get to see the immediate fruits of their labor, the long-term effects on the families that will live in these homes are immeasurable.”  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety.

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According to Steve Miller, Human Resources Director at Ogeechee Technical College, an Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Fair will be held at the College on July 12, 2016, from 3:00-6:00 pm. The event will be held in the Natural Resources Building at the College’s main campus and representatives from Human Resources and Academic Affairs will be on hand to answer questions. Those interested should bring a resume and unofficial copies of transcripts. According to Miller, the College is actively seeking faculty in the following areas: Heavy Diesel Mechanics, Agribusiness, Fish and Wildlife, Welding, Culinary Arts, Logistics, Funeral Service, Commercial Truck Driving, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management, History, Economics, Math, English, and Nursing.

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Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (OTC LEA) recently graduated its newest class of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Certified Law Enforcement Instructors.
 
The intense three-week course began with instruction on instructor liability, andragogy, communications and presentation skills, classroom management, instructional systems design, lesson planning, testing and evaluation, practical exercise construction, teaching methods, and managing training aids, after which students were required to pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 80% in order to proceed further in the course.

In the second week, students authored an original narrative-style lesson plan for a block of instruction. The lesson plan, which generally consists of 40 to 60 pages, had to comply with very strict standards for the student to progress to the third and final week of the course. In the third week, the students were required to develop an hour-long presentation which was stringently evaluated by groups of veteran law enforcement Instructors who ultimately determined if the instructor candidates would earn the coveted title of POST Certified Instructor. The certification allows the officers to teach a wide array of general topics for POST credit and is an important step in career development for officers. 

Despite the fact that law enforcement agencies generally send their best officers to instructor courses, the classes normally sustain a 50% or greater attrition rate. “It’s a really difficult class that requires an enormous amount of work to be successful,” said Deputy Sheriff Robert Brantley, a 2013 graduate of the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, who currently works for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Terrell Lewis, of the Statesboro Police Department, said, “Despite, or perhaps even due to the difficulty, this class was the most rewarding class I’ve ever completed.”

“These officers should be proud of themselves. For most of them, this is the most challenging course they will take in their career,” said OTC Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Mitchell.

The OTC LEA conducts the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council General Instructor Course at least once a year at the Hagan campus. Certified Instructors must attend additional instructor courses in order to teach high-liability subjects like firearms and defensive tactics. These courses are also offered at least once annually at the OTC LEA.

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Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced Dr. Paul Mizell as Dean for Academic Affairs. Mizell holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgia Southern University, an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, and a Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University.  Mizell has more than 15 years of experience in the education field, including 10 years as a school administrator. He was a high school coach, as well as an athletic director. Mizell worked in adult education by serving as Principal at Jenkins Correctional Center supervising academic and vocational education programs. Most recently he was Dean of Adult Education at Ogeechee Tech. Mizell will supervise General Education and the Move on When Ready program.

Paul and his wife, Julie, are parents to two daughters, Abbie and Rachel, and are members of Statesboro First Baptist Church. Paul’s hobbies include working in the yard, exercising, and playing golf.

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Participants from the Health Careers Camp, sponsored by the Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Center, recently visited the campus of Ogeechee Technical College. The camp is for current 9th-12th graders who are interested in careers in the medical field and included students from twelve area schools. The students spent the day at the College exploring health careers and visited faculty and students in Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, EMT/Paramedicine, and Neuromuscular Therapy. In each area, skills related to the field were demonstrated and a brief overview of each program was presented.  Molly Bickerton and Nadia Vining, staff from Ogeechee Tech’s Student Affairs Department, also spoke to the students about the Move On When Ready program.  

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 On June 24, student members of the Society for Human Resources and Professional Development (SHRPD) at Ogeechee Technical College and staff of the College prepared dinner for people temporarily residing at the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah.  The students were responsible for cooking and serving dinner.  The menu consisted of chicken and broccoli casserole, rolls, salad, and cupcakes.  The Ronald McDonald staff was especially appreciative of the students’ contribution. Alex Harris, instructor for the Business Management program and advisor to the students said, “The club's first experience with the Ronald McDonald House was last year, and we agreed then that it would become a regular initiative from that point on.  Watching students, both current and former, and colleagues working together to selflessly serve a common purpose simply warms your heart.  It may only be a meal that we are providing, but it is one less thing that these families must think about during a difficult time."  Participants from Ogeechee Tech included Alex Harris, Molly Bickerton, Terri Crosson, Vincent Garret, and Shelley Smith, along with her son, Alex Smith.

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Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Services student, Tony Entrekin, was recently awarded a scholarship by the Georgia Funeral Directors Association at their 2016 Annual Convention held on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Founded in 1899, GFDA is the oldest and largest funeral service professional association in the state. Entrekin lives in Worth County and currently works at Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester, Georgia. Michele Rupar, Director of the Funeral Services program at Ogeechee Technical College said, “The words loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage exemplify the man that Tony Entrekin is. Tony is certainly worthy of this award. He serves the funeral ministry well and I couldn’t be prouder of him! Serving others is all that Tony is about.”
 
For more information about the Funeral Service program at the College, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/funeral-services-education-program.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College has partnered with the American Diabetes Association for their Healthy Kids Initiative. According to the American Diabetes Association, the program is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce childhood obesity. Through a series of four, one hour informative and interactive sessions, children and their families are taught the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity, learn helpful meal planning tips and menus, learn ways to incorporate physical activity, and how to make diabetes prevention and control a family affair.  According to the Medical Assisting Program Director, Marilyn Turner, the Medical Assisting students plan fun activities and games for the children for each day. So far, the program has been presented at the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department’s Camp Cherokee and the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County.

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Felicia Barefoot is a Health Science Core Instructor at Ogeechee Technical College. Felicia attended Swainsboro Technical College, where she received a Licensed Practical Nursing Diploma, and later graduated from Darton College as a registered nurse. She worked in long-term care for seven years at Sylview Nursing Center and in 1993, Felicia began a more than twenty-two year career in Public Health, which included being the Tuberculosis Nurse for Bulloch County, a CPR and first aid instructor teaching about bloodborne pathogens, and a Certified Board Lactation Counselor.

In addition to teaching at Ogeechee Tech, Felicia works one weekend a month at Eagle Health and Rehab as a weekend supervisor to practice her clinical skills.  Felicia is the mother of three daughters and has one grandson. She says she enjoys reading a good book, swimming, and horseback riding.

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Jan Martin, Program Director for the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently named the Technologist of the Year at the 66th Annual Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists (GSRT) meeting held on Jekyll Island. This award recognizes a member with high ethical standards for their excellence within the profession. It honors a technologist who strives to improve their skills and increase their knowledge within their field, while demonstrating a passion for their profession.

Martin, an educator for almost twenty years, has been involved in radiologic technology for more than forty years.  She is an active member of numerous professional organizations and has been a volunteer at Ogeechee Area Hospice for ten years. Martin received the Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award and was chosen as Ogeechee Technical College’s Instructor of the Year in 2011, representing the College at the statewide Rick Perkins Award competition.
Her nomination letter, written by Kerry Dunn, Radiologic Technology Clinical Coordinator/Instructor at Southeastern Technical College, said, “Jan goes above and beyond in both our profession and for her students. She even states that her greatest accomplishments are her students and that she loves to watch them evolve from student radiographer to registered radiographer. She truly has a passion for mentoring and I can personally attest to this. She took me under her wing as a new educator and has supported me both personally and professionally. I believe that her passion for our field and for helping other personifies the essence of the Technologist of the Year.”

According to their website, the purpose of GRST is to advance the science of radiologic technology, assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of education and training, to elevate the quality of patient care, and to improve the socioeconomic welfare of radiologic technologists.

To learn more about the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Tech, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/radtech

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The Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College was recently recognized as a 2015 Galaxy Stars Award Winner at the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) national conference recently held in New Orleans. The Galaxy Program recognizes surgical technology program directors who promote their students’ future success in the field by encouraging membership in their national professional organization, AST. To learn more about the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Tech, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/399.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a staff development day designed to provide relevant information to employees to assist with improvement plans. This year’s keynote speaker was Representative Brooks Coleman, who is currently serving his 10th term in the Georgia State House of Representatives. Coleman serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee.

The full day of training consisted of topics such as preparing for retirement, professionalism in the workplace, online communication and engagement with students, and Banner Web/Degree Works for faculty. Stephen Miller, Director for Human Resources at the College, said, “Staff Development Day is an economical and efficient way for our faculty and staff to gain personal and professional growth, and is a vital team-building tool for the College.”

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On May 5th, the Ogeechee Technical College chapter of Sigma Alpha Pi held the biggest induction ceremony in the chapter’s history.  Thirty-two students were inducted into the national society with lifetime memberships.  To be inducted, these students had to follow a rigorous schedule of training events, meetings, and participation in community service. “We are so proud of these students because they demonstrate leadership both on and off campus,” said Club Advisor Ty Johnson. 

During the ceremony, Sigma Alpha Pi also recognized faculty and staff for their special contributions to student success.  Matthew Gainous, Natasha Grimes, Alex Harris, Catherine Ball, Angie Alston, Molly Bickerton, Tony Pisacano, and Terry Hand all received awards for their outstanding commitment to students.  “It’s always heartwarming to see students, faculty, and staff being recognized for their hard work,” stated Club Co-advisor Laura Chambers.

According to the Society’s website, Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success) is an organization that helps students discover and achieve their goals with a mission to build leaders who make a better world. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together to help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action to better the campus, the surrounding community, and beyond.

As members of the Society, students have the opportunity to develop useful skills and access resources which may benefit them professionally.  From partner discounts, networking, and leadership opportunities, to scholarships, and letters of recommendation, the National Society of Leadership & Success works with chapter advisors and executive board members to ensure that students are given the tools needed to succeed.

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Durden gets nod to be next OTC president
Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Technical College for nine and a half years, is leaving to become director July 1 of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens.

The move has further repercussions as OTC Vice President for Economic Development Lori Durden steps up to become Ogeechee Tech’s next president and in the process resigns from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

For Cartee, taking the job with the university in Athens means leaving the Technical College System of Georgia, whose schools she has worked in and led for 26 years. Cartee started at Ogeechee Tech in 1991 as a marketing instructor and handled public relations for the college. She left in 1999 to be vice president for academic affairs at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia before returning to Ogeechee Tech to serve as its president, beginning Jan. 1, 2007.

“It is with great emotion that I inform you of my resignation as President of Ogeechee Technical College effective June 30, 2016,” Cartee wrote in an email to Ogeechee Tech’s employees.

“As you all are aware, my passion for the last nine years has been the transformation of Ogeechee Technical College into one of the best, if not the best, technical college in our state,” she wrote. “We have been able to accomplish this together, and I am so proud of the institution that we have become.”

During Cartee’s tenure as president, the college grew, adding 133,000 square feet of buildings, expanding its land holdings from 80 to 120 acres, and tripling its program offerings, noted the press release supplied by Ogeechee Tech Vice President for College Advancement Barry Turner. The college’s enrollment grew by more than 63 percent, Turner reported.

Ogeechee Tech won Georgia Technical College of the Year awards in 2011 and 2015. OTC students, from the one selected each year as the college’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership nominee, became the statewide GOAL winners in 2008, 2011 and 2014. Ogeechee Tech achieved Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges initial accreditation in 2014.
 
Cartee’s new place
“Now it is time for me to turn to a different challenge,” Cartee continued in her email. “I hope you understand that it would take a very special, unique opportunity for me to leave this College, and this is just that kind of an opportunity,”

At the University of Georgia, Cartee will oversee the Georgia Center, a 300,000-square-foot facility that opened in 1957 as part of a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to UGA, noted the university’s announcement posted on www.uga.edu. The center's continuing education programs include conferences and professional development courses online and through the center’s two auditoriums, nine conference rooms, five executive boardrooms and a computer training lab.

The building also houses 200 hotel rooms, a full-service restaurant, banquet areas and a café. Bill Crowe, who led the Georgia Center since 2007, is retiring June 30.

"The Georgia Center contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of our state through its broad array of continuing education programs and its first-class hotel and conference center," Cartee was quoted as saying. "I'm excited to take my skills and apply them at a place that I have admired my entire life – our state's flagship university."

Ogeechee Tech’s press release quoted Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin.

“Dr. Cartee has been a tremendous asset to Ogeechee Technical College, its surrounding community, and the Technical College System of Georgia as a whole,” Corbin said. “I will always appreciate the stellar leadership Dr. Cartee has provided Ogeechee Tech and its students, and I look forward to watching her have new successes at the University of Georgia.”
 
Durden’s promotion
Meanwhile, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Corbin is recommending Durden to be Ogeechee Tech’s new president.

Durden will begin serving as interim president July 1. Corbin’s recommendation is for her to become permanent president, but the TCSG State Board will have to make that decision at its next meeting, Aug. 4, said Alison Tyrer, the Technical College System’s executive director of communications.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as acting president of Ogeechee Technical College,” Durden said in the press release. “The college is vital to the economic well-being of this region, and the difference it makes in the lives of students and the citizens of our communities would not be possible without a true team effort on the part of employees, local board members, foundation members, and others. I am committed to continuing that good work.”

As vice president for economic development at OTC, Durden’s responsibilities include continuing education and industry training, facility rentals and adult education, including literacy and high school-equivalent diploma programs.

“Lori has deep ties within the Ogeechee Tech region and possesses an outstanding combination of technical, academic, business, and relationship skills to lead Ogeechee Tech's faculty, staff, and students on a continued path of greatness,” Corbin was quoted as saying.
 
Resigns as regent
One question Thursday’s initial announcements did not answer was whether Durden would continue as a member of the Board of Regents. Since her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal took effect in January 2013, Durden has been in a unique situation. While a college vice president in the separate Technical College System, she was simultaneously the 12th District’s member on the board that governs the University System of Georgia, including schools such as UGA and Georgia Southern University. Neither Durden nor Cartee was reached Thursday afternoon for an interview. All of their previous statements here are taken from press releases.

But in a reply email, Turner said that Durden had sent Deal her resignation as a regent. When the newspaper sought confirmation, the governor’s office supplied the letter.

“Commissioner Corbin has offered me the opportunity to serve as president of Ogeechee Technical College, a challenge which I enthusiastically accept, but one which likely impacts my ability to continue to serve on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia,” Durden wrote. “I understand that there may be a conflict between being a president of a TCSG college and being a regent, therefore I respectfully offer my resignation from the Board of Regents effective immediately.”

She also said she regretted not completing her seven-year term, which was slated to last through 2019.

“But I am excited about the opportunities that await in serving as president of Ogeechee Tech,” Durden wrote. “Your confidence and trust in me means more than you will ever know.”

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Dr. Dawn Cartee has announced that she is resigning her position as president of Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) effective June 30, 2016. Cartee has been with the Technical College System of Georgia for 26 years, originally in various capacities at Ogeechee Tech, before serving at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. She became Ogeechee Tech’s president in January 2007.

During Cartee’s tenure as president at OTC, the College has seen substantial growth, including the addition of 133,000 square feet of building space, expansion from 80 to 120 acres, and tripled program offerings at the College which resulted in an enrollment increase of over 63 percent. The success of the College has been evident with Technical College of the Year awards in 2011 and 2015, three Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) state winners in 2008, 2011 and 2014, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) initial accreditation in 2014.

In an email to the employees of Ogeechee Tech, Cartee stated, “It is with great emotion that I inform you of my resignation as President of Ogeechee Technical College effective June 30, 2016. As you all are aware, my passion for the last nine years has been the transformation of Ogeechee Technical College into one of the best, if not the best, technical college in our state. We have been able to accomplish this together, and I am so proud of the institution that we have become.”

Beginning July 1, Cartee will become the Director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education at the University of Georgia in Athens. In her communication to employees of the College, Cartee stated, “Now it is time for me to turn to a different challenge. I hope you understand that it would take a very special, unique opportunity for me to leave this College, and this is just that kind of an opportunity.”

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin stated, “Dr. Cartee has been a tremendous asset to Ogeechee Technical College, its surrounding community, and the Technical College System of Georgia as a whole. I will always appreciate the stellar leadership Dr. Cartee has provided Ogeechee Tech and its students, and I look forward to watching her have new successes at the University of Georgia.”

Commissioner Corbin also announced that effective July 1, Ogeechee Tech’s Vice President for Economic Development, Lori Durden, will be the acting president. “I have asked Lori Durden to serve as acting president beginning July 1 and at the August 4 TCSG State Board meeting, I will recommend Lori Durden be appointed as the next president of Ogeechee Technical College,” stated Corbin.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve as acting president of Ogeechee Technical College. The College is vital to the economic well-being of this region, and the difference it makes in the lives of students and the citizens of our communities would not be possible without a true team effort on the part of employees, local board members, Foundation members, and others. I am committed to continuing that good work,” said Durden.

As Vice President for Economic Development at OTC, Durden’s responsibilities include continuing education and industry training, adult education (GED and literacy programs), and facility rentals. “Lori has deep ties within the Ogeechee Tech region and possesses an outstanding combination of technical, academic, business, and relationship skills to lead Ogeechee Tech's faculty, staff, and students on a continued path of greatness,” stated Corbin. “As we begin this time of transition, I want to express my personal appreciation to the Ogeechee Technical College faculty, staff, local board of directors, foundation trustees, and members of the college’s service delivery area for their support of these two outstanding leaders in our great state.”

For more information on Ogeechee Technical College, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu, and for the Technical College System of Georgia, www.tcsg.edu.

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The 2016 Ogeechee Technical College Friends and Family Relay for Life team, sponsored by the Ogeechee Tech Alumni Association, was recently recognized by receiving First Place for the Most Money Raised by a College Team, First Place as the Team to Beat next year, and Second Place for the Best Decorated Campsite. The theme for this year’s Relay for Life event was Give Cancer the Boot and according to Molly Bickerton, team captain, the Ogeechee Tech team used the film True Grit as inspiration for their tent. The team’s fundraising goal was $1,000 and they exceeded that goal by raising $2,020. Bickerton was selected to be on the 2017 Relay for Life Planning Committee.  Thanks to all the team members for their hard work and dedication!

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On Saturday, May 21, 2016, Ogeechee Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) Director, Jim Mitchell, spoke at the Headquarters of 78th Troop Command, 348th BSB of the Georgia Army National Guard in Ellenwood, GA.  Mitchell gave a presentation about the Ogeechee Tech Law Enforcement Academy, provided a Krav Maga defensive tactics demonstration, taught close quarters battle and room clearing, and conducted a question and answer session with the soldiers.  “The soldiers were very interested in attending the LEA, particularly once we showed them how many of their soldier skills had direct transferability into policing,” said Mitchell.  The presentation was part of the LEA’s community engagement and recruiting projects.  Mitchell said, “This was the second such presentation we have done for the Georgia National Guard, and they have asked to work us again in the future.” 

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Neal Owens, Criminal Justice program Director at Ogeechee Technical College, recently spoke to Criminal Justice students in Henry Dickerson’s classes at Effingham County High School. Owens gave a presentation about the Criminal Justice program at Ogeechee Tech to four classes, consisting primarily of juniors and seniors.  Owens said, “After the presentation, students were given a chance to ask questions about a career in criminal justice. They had a variety of questions that I answered about our programs, my career, and their career options in the field. In addition, a number of students completed OTC contact sheets.”

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The Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College held a pinning ceremony on April 27, 2016, in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building.  The Program Director, Dr. Amy Dorminey, welcomed the guests and the invocation was given by graduate, Sierra Goforth.  Ogeechee Tech’s Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America President, Stephanie Lohr, lead the Challenge to Serve, and Billie Walker, Veterinary Technology instructor, introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Paul Shealy, Surgical Chair at The Animal Medical Center in New York, a campus specializing in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, neurology, as well as housing an emergency clinic.

The class took the Veterinary Technician’s Oath and each of the program’s eighteen graduates were individually recognized and presented with an Ogeechee Technical College Veterinary Technology pin. A reception was held after the ceremony which gave the graduating class an opportunity to celebrate with family members, friends, and classmates.

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On April 28th Bill Worthington, Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) Agribusiness instructor, and Heather Lee, OTC Fish & Wildlife instructor, participated in the 16th Annual Career and Trade Show held during the State Future Farmers of American (FFA) Convention in Macon, with more than 50 additional vendors. Vendors included colleges and universities from all over Georgia, professional associations, and Agricultural Education related businesses. Students and advisors participating in the State FFA Convention were able to meet and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities as well as gain insight on furthering education and career paths. Georgia FFA is the third largest state association with more than 37,000 members ranging in age from 12 to 21.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation is the recipient of a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant for $5,000, according to Angie Rosengart McGlamery, Public Relations and Grant Coordinator for the College. The Adult Literacy Grant will be used for the Adult Education programs in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties, where literacy training is offered.

Ogeechee Technical College President, Dr. Dawn Cartee said, “We appreciate the work this grant will allow us to continue at the College.  Dollar General is a vital community partner in our efforts to help open doors for students in their educational endeavours.”

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Jenae Davis Lynn, co-owner of 30 Volume Salon in Statesboro, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s  2016 Distinguished Alumni winner at the annual alumni reception held at the College.  This award is presented to an Ogeechee Tech alumni who has graduated prior to 2005, who has excelled in their chosen field, having attained prominence and has had a positive effect on the local, regional, or state level.

After graduating with a Cosmetology Diploma in 2001, Davis moved to Atlanta to work for one of Atlanta’s Top 10 salons, Bob Steele, where she completed a one year mandatory stylist training program in just 3 months.  She participated in numerous hair and makeup shows for Aveda and her designs were seen in Hairstylist Magazine and the Atlanta Magazine. Davis later moved to Statesboro and opened 30 Volume in 2008.

Professionally, Davis has been awarded many accolades, including the Statesboro Herald’s 20 Under 40, Best Salon by Boro Connect, completed the Redken Specialist Program, and 30 Volume was chosen as one of only 2 salons in the south to receive specialized training in New York at their 5th Avenue Salon. She is active in the Statesboro Service League (SSL) where she will serve as this year’s Attic Sale Co-Chair. She has chaired and co-chaired many other SSL projects, including Joseph’s Home for Boys, Scholarship, and the Attic Sale Auction.

She and her husband Travis, a Georgia Tech graduate and engineer at Plant Vogtle, attend First Baptist Church of Statesboro, where Jenae serves on the Children’s Ministry Board and has taught Mission Friends since 2010. She and Travis are the proud parents of twin girls, Emery and Marley, and a son, Davis.

Angie Rosengart McGlamery, Public Relations and Grants Coordinator at Ogeechee Tech, nominated Lynn for the award and said, “Jenae will be an incredible representative for the alumni of Ogeechee Tech. She isn’t a boss. She’s a leader. She’s a molder and a shaper. She’s an innovator and a giver. She’s a builder and a visionary. She’s a giver and a server. She gives back to the community that has given so much to her and she does it with confidence, grace, and authenticity.  I know no one more deserving of this award.“

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John Edwards, an instructor in Ogeechee Technical College’s Joining and Welding program, was recently named the 2016 Outstanding Alumni Award winner at an alumni reception held recently at the College.  Kelly Kingry, Dean for Academic Affairs at Ogeechee Technical College, nominated Edwards for the award and introduced him at the reception. Edwards, who earned all four welding certificates at Ogeechee Tech, also has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Accounting Degree from Georgia Southern University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia Law School. Edwards, a member of the State Bar of Georgia, is a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Bulloch class, is a participant of the 2016 Leadership Georgia class, and was a member of the Statesboro Development Authority Board of Directors for 2005-2009.

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Former OTC graduate, turned medical doctor, is commencement speaker

Graduation for Ogeechee Technical College students will take place May 12 at 7:00 pm at Hanner Fieldhouse on the Georgia Southern University campus, according to Dr. Ryan Foley, OTC’s Vice President for Student Affairs.  Former Ogeechee Tech graduate, Dr. Tyler Burgner, will be the commencement speaker.  Students who have completed the requirements for associate degrees, diploma programs, certificate programs, and GEDs® will walk across the stage to receive their diploma as thousands of family members and friends look on.

Commencement speaker, Burgner, was the recipient of Ogeechee Technical College’s first Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.  He graduated from Statesboro High School in 1997, and later became a student in Ogeechee Technical College’s Radiologic Technology program.  While a student in that program, Dr. Burgner was nominated by his instructor for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.  He won at the College level, and went on to represent Ogeechee Tech at the regional and state level.  Upon graduating from the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College in 2001, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences from Armstrong State University in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his pre-medical courses at Georgia Southern University, and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in 2014 with a Doctorate of Medicine with Honors. Dr. Burgner is now a Resident Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Burgner served as a clinical instructor for the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Tech while he was working in that profession.  He is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Radiological Society of North America, among many other professional affiliations and accomplishments.
 
Ogeechee Technical College President, Dr. Dawn Cartee said, “The words, ’Go Anywhere From Here,’ are much more than a catch-phrase at Ogeechee Tech, and Dr. Burgner is a very literal manifestation of those words. His ability to pursue a medical career by first attending Ogeechee Tech, before ultimately becoming a medical doctor, is an illustration that our students really can ‘Go Anywhere From Here’.”
 
Dr. Burgner now makes his home in Savannah.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing soccer, and performing household projects.  He is proud to have graduated from Ogeechee Technical College, and helps carry the positive message of technical education to others whenever he can.
 
Tickets are not required for family and friends of graduates to attend commencement, but seating often fills quickly, so those who intend to attend should arrive early to ensure getting a seat, according to Foley.  “Graduation is a celebration, and we hope everyone who wants to see their graduate walk across the platform has the chance,” said Foley.

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The Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technology in America (SCNAVTA) chapter at Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in the 2016 Bulloch County Relay for Life event. The theme for this year’s event was Giving Cancer the Boot. Pictured above is SCNAVTA‘s Rin Tin Tin tent. Students shown from left to right are Kaitlyn Tighe, SCNAVTA Committee Chairman, Bethany Wallace, Stephanie Lohr, Megan Florence (kneeling), Catherine Evans, Ashley Galletta, and Beth Kingsmill.  Not pictured is SCANATA sponsor, Billie Walker. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a fundraising walk held every year to benefit the fight against cancer. To find out more about the Veterinary Technology Program at OTC, please visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/vettech.

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Students pictured from left to right: Meagan Maynard,
Jennifer Wallman, Kerri Knight,Samantha Carter, Shelby Siefken,
Kasey Sarver, Samantha Schwartz, and Dianne Cofer

The Ogeechee Technical College Radiologic Technology Class of 2016 recently celebrated their academic accomplishments at a pinning ceremony held at the College. Eight students were individually recognized as their family, friends, and college administration looked on. Libby Gardner, Clinical Instructor at Winn Army Community Hospital, was the guest speaker.

The Academic Achievement award was presented to Jennifer Walkman, who has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and Meagan Maynard was awarded the Student Radiographer of the Year Award, voted on by clinical education setting personnel.

2013 Ogeechee Tech graduate Ken Durden, R.T.(R) of East Georgia Regional Medical Center was named Clinical Instructor of the Year and Radiographer of the Year was presented to Tonja Kennedy, R.T.(R)  of Winn Army Community Hospital.  Both awards are given by the senior students and presented to professionals that go above and beyond with students in the clinical setting.

Radiologic Technology instructors, Jan Martin and Matt Dunn report that all eight students have passed the national certification exam for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Congratulations, Class of 2016, for a job well done!

To learn more about the Radiologic Technology program, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/radtech.

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Pictured above are a few pictures from a photo essay by Georgia Southern University student, Melissa Jackson. Jackson is a student in the Master of Higher Education Administration program and is scheduled to graduate this spring. The photo essay, prepared for a course called The Community College, had no words, and the aim of the essay was to convey the culture and atmosphere of a community college. Jackson photographed a campus event, the Spring Program Fair, a class, Jeff Shaver’s cosmetology class, and various shots around Ogeechee Technical College. Click here to view the entire photo essay by Melissa Jackson.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College held its spring pinning ceremony on April 26 in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building on the main campus.  Twenty students received pins, which they may wear as an outward sign of completing their program of study.  Friends and family were welcomed by graduating student, Kristi Melancon, and Program Director, Marilyn Turner, gave introductions and remarks. Turner, along with Medical Assisting instructors Michelle McCranie and Brigitte Bazemore, recognized each student individually on stage. Student Harley McIlrath led the graduates in the Medical Assisting Creed, and Kaley Sapp gave closing remarks. A reception immediately followed in the lobby.

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A group of students from Savannah High School’s Criminal Justice program recently visited Ogeechee Technical College’s Law Enforcement Academy. The students from Savannah High School Law Instructor Bradford Wilson’s class toured the academy, observed defensive tactics, room clearings, a narcotics dog in action, traffic stops, and forensics processing. Officers from Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Oak Park Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Garden City Police Department, and Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the activities. In explaining the relevance of teaching these students about the job of police officers, Ogeechee Tech Law Enforcement Academy Director, Jim Mitchell, said, “There's no more important mission for us than to help the public understand the police, and help the police understand the public a little more. “ According to Mitchell, having the high school students come to the LEA provides a more intense experience, and also removes the students from the distractions of their high school campus.  To learn more about the Academy, please visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/lea.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker from the American Diabetes Association. The presentation was geared to train the students to teach the Healthy Kids program: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Initiative in the school system starting this summer.  According to the American Diabetes Association, the program is designed to increase awareness of diabetes and the importance of healthy eating and physical activity as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce childhood obesity. Through a series of informative and interactive sessions, children and their families will: understand the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity; learn helpful meal planning tips and menus; learn ways to incorporate physical activity and learn how to make diabetes prevention and control a family affair. The program will be presented at Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department camps, and in the fall with after school programs.  

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Brandy Taylor, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness (IE), announced awards recently presented to four Ogeechee Technical College students. To encourage participation, all students who completed a 2016 Student Satisfaction Inventory were entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card to the Ogeechee Tech Bookstore. The students whose names were drawn were Tiffany Blankenship (Radiologic Technology), Brittney Davis (Medical Assisting), Jacqueline Jordan (Pharmacy Technology), and Jeremy Jones (Culinary Arts).

The Student Satisfaction Inventory is an annual survey that allows the College to assess and improve student services and learning. It measures student satisfaction and priorities, as well as what issues are important to the student body.

 Congratulations to the winners. The IE Office would like to thank all the students who participated!

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The Dental Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted Dr. Tommy Marshall. Dr. Marshall assisted students in fabricating and trimming temporary crowns. Dental Assisting Program Director, Yvonne Jenkins said, “Dr. Marshall has been an amazing supporter of Ogeechee Tech’s Dental Assisting program. He graciously volunteers his time and is also a trusted member of our advisory committee.”

Dr. Marshall is an honor graduate of Statesboro High School.  After graduating with a chemistry degree from the University of Georgia, he attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, where he received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2013. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Georgia Dental Association, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry.  He has participated in mission work overseas and donates his time locally to the Hearts & Hands Dental Clinic.  Dr. Thomas Marshall joined the practice of Dr. McGibony & Associates in the summer of 2013.

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Technical College System of Georgia announces 2016 student and instructor of the year
 

        

ATLANTA – The state’s top technical college student and instructor of the year were named Wednesday night, April 20th, by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
 
Ashley Rodgers, a Marketing Management student from South Georgia Technical College who overcame many personal obstacles, took home the state’s top honors in the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which recognizes the most outstanding technical education students at each of the 22 TCSG colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College. In addition to securing the ultimate title of TCSG’s student of the year from the more than 135,000 student competitors, Ms. Rodgers will spend the next year traveling the state as the newest ambassador and voice of technical education.
 
Dr. Angela Hines Brown, an instructor in Early Childhood Care and Education at West Georgia Technical College, is the winner of the 2016 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and a $1,000 cash award. In her acceptance remarks, Dr. Brown cited her mother as her inspiration for pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the first in her family to earn a doctorate.
 
Ms. Rodgers and Dr. Brown will make many public appearances throughout the state in the upcoming year, including visits to the state capitol, meeting the governor and, following tradition, addressing the Georgia General Assembly.
 
The first runner-up for the technical education student of the year was Melissa Behling of Ogeechee Technical College. For the technical education instructor of the year, the first runner-up was Jason Strickland from Coastal Pines Technical College.
 
TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin announced the winners during the annual banquet honoring the system’s top instructors and students across the state at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 20. She also awarded Rodgers the keys to the GOAL program’s grand prize, a brand-new, made-in-Georgia 2016 Kia Optima, courtesy of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and delivered by Ed Voyles Kia of Chamblee.
 
“I am proud to present Ashley and Angela with these well-deserved recognitions for their remarkable achievements, not just in technical education, but in their lives,” said Commissioner Corbin. “Each has the respect and admiration of the entire Technical College System of Georgia. We are honored and inspired by the passion for technical education of all our GOAL and Rick Perkins college winners.”
 
South Georgia Technical College is extremely proud of Ashley Rodgers,” said President John Watford. “She is an exceptional student and will do an excellent job as a representative of the Technical College System of Georgia student body. She exemplifies how technical colleges can positively impact an individual's life.”
 
“The Rick Perkins Award is an incredible honor for Dr. Brown, and we are so proud to say that she is one of us,” President Steve G. Daniel said. “West Georgia Tech is committed to providing the very best technical instruction for our students, and Dr. Brown is a great representative of West Georgia Tech and our entire Technical College System of Georgia. She’s not just one of the best. She’s the best.”
 
Selection for the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award begins with the naming of the top technical education student and instructor at each college, as well as the technical division at Bainbridge State College. Regional competitions follow and narrow the field to nine finalists for each award.
 
In April, the nine finalists are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges. At each step, student finalists are scored on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in their local communities and future aspirations. Benchmarks for instructors include teaching experience, innovation in the classroom, leadership and civic involvement.
 
In 2016, the GOAL program celebrated its 45th year of outstanding student achievement, while the Rick Perkins Award program showcased 26 years of excellence in technical instruction.
 
For more information on the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award programs, visit www.tcsg.edu.
 
About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers.  TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields.  TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions.

 

The complete list of the college GOAL and Rick Perkins Award winners follows:

Albany Technical College
Kozman Dwayne Barnum, GOAL winner
Dennis Courtney, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Athens Technical College
Jamie Swedberg, GOAL winner
Patty Melnick, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Atlanta Technical College
Ahmad Johnson, GOAL winner
Jim Gale, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Augusta Technical College
Markita Battle, GOAL winner
Paul Visintainer, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Bainbridge State College
Kenneth E. Brock, GOAL winner
William Charles White, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Central Georgia Technical College
Terri DeLong, GOAL winner
Casie Bridges, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Chattahoochee Technical College
Jourdan Ortiz, GOAL winner
Celnisha Dangerfield, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Coastal Pines Technical College
Caleb Davis, GOAL winner
Jason Strickland, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Columbus Technical College
Don Thrasher, GOAL winner
Tara Scott, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Corey Carlile, GOAL winner
Brittny Burns, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Georgia Piedmont Technical College
LaShonda Jenkins, GOAL winner
Andrea Strommen, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Gwinnett Technical College
Lydia Holland, GOAL winner
Susan Arnold, Rick Perkins Award winner
 

 
 

Lanier Technical College
Evelyn Johnson, GOAL winner
Amy O’Dell, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
North Georgia Technical College
Jason Egerton, GOAL winner
Charles Hill, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Michelle Simpson, GOAL winner
Belinda Fisher, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Ogeechee Technical College
Melissa Behling, GOAL winner
Jeannie McCorkle, Rick Perkins Award winner

Savannah Technical College
Jenn Case, GOAL winner
Debra R. Geiger, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
South Georgia Technical College
Ashley E. Rodgers, GOAL winner
Andrea C. Ingram, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Southeastern Technical College
Marsha S. Messer, GOAL winner
Sadia Ajohda, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Southern Crescent Technical College
Miriam Williams, GOAL winner
William Pickett, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Southern Regional Technical College
Lauren Giddens, GOAL winner
Andy Semones, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
West Georgia Technical College
Mary Trenton Griffies, GOAL winner
Angela Brown, Rick Perkins Award winner
 
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Brianna Kelch, GOAL winner
Jesse Davis, Rick Perkins Award winner



   

Students in the Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) program at Ogeechee Technical College recently performed more than sixty chair massages to students, faculty, and staff who attended the College’s Mental Health & Community Resource Fair. Anita Brown, NMT instructor, said the students gained valuable experience for their future careers as licensed massage therapists. “Research shows that a single session of massage therapy can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and anxiety. Regular massage therapy lowers symptoms of depression, trait anxiety, and pain perception. It was an honor to participate in the fair,” stated Brown.

To find out more information about the Neuromuscular Massage program at Ogeechee Tech, please visit

http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/docs/d_Programs/Neuromuscular/Neuromuscular%20Massage%20Therapist%20Diploma.pdf

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A group of students from the Veterinary Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in the University of Georgia (UGA) Veterinary Medical Center Open House.  The Open House, held annually, demonstrates various aspects of careers in veterinary medicine.  Ogeechee Tech students promoted their program at the fair and also had the opportunity to network with other Veterinary Technology programs in the state. UGA Veterinary Medical Center Radiation Oncology employee Jamie Mims, RVT, an Ogeechee Tech graduate, along with Kaycee Buffkin and Nikki Ivey, led students on a guided tour of the facility.  Buffkin and Ivey are senior Veterinary Technology students at Ogeechee Tech and are currently doing their internship at UGA. The students also spoke with staff veterinarians about radiologic oncology, physical therapy, and cardiac ultrasound.

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The Opticianry program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker from the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA). Buddy Russell, FCLSA, is a clinical instructor in Emory University’s Ophthalmic Technology Program and teaches contact lens technology to students and ophthalmology residents.  Russell, who has more than thirty-five years of experience fitting contact lenses, is also an associate of the contact lens service at Emory University Eye Center.

CLSA is dedicated to the education, evolution, and promotion of contact lens technology. CLSA strives to promote education, mutual understanding and cooperation among all persons interested in contact lens fitting. 

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Students from the Surgical Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College and instructor Terri Crosson are pictured above at Emory University during the biannual meeting of the Georgia State Assembly of AST (GASA). GASA is the professional organization for Surgical Technologists practicing in the state of Georgia. GASA is an official state assembly organized under the leadership of the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST), whose mission is to foster professional growth to surgical technologists through continuing education, legislation, and marketing. The meeting of Certified Surgical Technologists from Georgia, along with current students, is a platform to discuss topics related to the field and new medical advances in surgery.

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Stewart, right, is pictured with Hinman Board of
Trustees member, Dr. Wayne Tadsen.

Hazel Stewart, a student in the Dental Assisting program at Ogeechee Technical College, has been named a Hinman Scholar and received a $750 scholarship at the 2016 Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting. The Hinman Dental Society, which has sponsored the event since 1911, has been granting scholarships to deserving dental assisting students since 2005. Stewart was awarded the scholarship at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta during a luncheon honoring the Hinman Scholars. 

OTC Dental Assisting Program Director, Yvonne Jenkins, commented, “I am very proud that Hazel is part of the Dental Assisting program. She is very motivated as a student and will be a great asset to the profession of dentistry.” Stewart serves as Vice President of the Dental Assisting Club and is scheduled to complete the Dental Assisting program in August of this year.

The Thomas P Hinman Dental Meeting & Exhibition is a three-day event held each year that highlights products and addresses the needs of general dentists, specialists, hygienists, assistants, front office staff, and students in the industry.

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Neal Owens, Criminal Justice Program Director at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured above with Norbert Fuhrmann, left, and Karen Deisburg, center, of the Felix-Fechenbach Berufskollge (Technical College) of Detmold, Germany. Furhmann and Deisburg are facilitators for the Global Faculty Development Initiative which was designed to recognize the differences in culture and learning models and methods. The participants will travel to Germany on April 9-16 to participate in Phase II of the training. Owens said, “I will participate and give instruction to a class of students in the German National Prison Training Course along with my German colleagues. I am truly honored to participate in this program and to share my criminal justice knowledge and experience with my foreign counterparts and practitioners.“

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Dr. Janine Dodds, a radiologist with East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and Ashley Greene, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) at Statesboro Imaging Center, recently visited students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) program at Ogeechee Technical College. Dr. Dodds provided demonstrations on guided interventional procedures while the students, with individual guidance from Greene and Dr. Dodds, practiced locating needles used in guidance procedures. Dr. Dodds, who serves as the DMS Medical Advisor, also answered questions concerning proper techniques and job interviewing skills.

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The Georgia Department of Labor and other agencies are planning workshops and a job fair for people who will lose their current jobs when SpartanNash closes its Statesboro grocery distribution center.

The Department of Labor's Statesboro Career Center, headed by manager Jennifer Bradley, is working with Ogeechee Technical College and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act agency in Savannah on plans for these services, Georgia Department of Labor Communications Director Sam Hall said Thursday.

"There will be a series of meetings to decide basically what services we can all come together to provide to the employees and, of course, the employer," Hall said. "While everything is still tentative, the initial plans are that we will provide services there on-site for the company."

Sixty employees will be affected by the permanent shutdown targeted for May 28, an official at the SpartanNash corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., confirmed earlier this week.

The on-site assistance include helping the employees file claims for unemployment benefits and receiving an explanation of the range of re-employment services the Department of Labor can provide, Hall said. Examples of those services include workshops on job searches, resume writing and interviewing for jobs.

Additionally, the Labor Department is working the with other agencies to plan a job fair specifically for the SpartanNash employees, he said.

"Already some employers in the area are letting us know that they want to have an opportunity to meet and interview some of these employees that are losing their jobs, so some of them we feel very confident will be absorbed into other companies in the area," Hall said.

The dates for the job fair and other programs will be announced when the plans are firmed up, he said.

OTC explains role

Ogeechee Technical College confirmed its involvement in assistance for the displaced workers with an emailed statement from OTC Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Foley.

"Ogeechee Tech will offer sessions for the displaced employees of SpartanNash, where they will be given information on programs of study, financial aid, and admissions," Foley said. "Our goal is to assist those who may need additional education and skills to be marketable in another industry where job openings may exist."

Additionally, he said, the college is "working with the Department of Labor to reach all of the SpartanNash employees who have a desire to seek new employment which may require additional training."

In-company openings

The affected employees include 20 truck drivers, 21 order selectors and three lift operators, as well as some mechanics, clerks and supervisors, an operations manager and an inventory control person, said Meredith Gremel, vice president for corporate affairs and communications at SpartanNash headquarters. The company is offering the order selectors and lift operators the option to transfer to its Columbus, Ga., distribution center, but understands that such a move can be difficult, she said Tuesday.

Other displaced employees could apply for jobs at other SpartanNash facilities, Gremel said, but the one in Columbus is nearest to Statesboro.

The warehousing and refrigeration complex on U.S. Highway 301 South in Statesboro was built in 1972 by T.J. Morris Co., a Statesboro-based food distributor that served independent grocery stores. Nash Finch Company bought the T.J. Morris business in 1996 but leased the property, which is still owned by T.J. Morris' heirs.

Spartan Stores, based near Grand Rapids, and Nash Finch Co., based in Minneapolis, Minn., merged in November 2013 to form SpartanNash. Self-reported as the fifth-largest food distribution company in the United States, Spartan Nash in 2015 leaped onto the Fortune 500 list of the most valuable U.S. companies by total revenue, ranking 359th.

The corporation never replaced the signs on the Statesboro plant, so it is still known locally as Nash Finch.

Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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The Counseling Department and Students Activities at Ogeechee Technical College will hold a Mental Wellness and Community Resource Fair on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 10 am to noon in the lobby of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building. Local vendors will be on hand to administer free massages, blood pressure checks, health information, depression screenings, nutrition facts, parenting information, make up and fashion tips, and hair and skin care. All students, faculty, and staff are invited.

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Service Corporation International’s National Scholarship Program Selects Two Outstanding Students from Ogeechee Technical College, Funeral Service Education, as Award Finalists:

Service Corporation International (SCI) is pleased to announce that the company’s National Scholarship Program has selected two scholarship applicants from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Georgia as finalists who are invited to attend, and compete in SCI’s National Scholarship Awards event in Houston, Texas, April 13, 14 and 15, 2016.

“Congratulations to students, Phillip Pridgen, II of (Atlanta, Ga.) and Shelia Butler of (Warner Robbins, Ga.), for submitting personal statements and video interviews which highlighted their capabilities and worthiness to be selected as award finalists,” said Bird Hodges of Hodges-Moore Funeral Home and an ambassador for OTC. “It makes me very happy to see deserving students have an opportunity to compete as finalists in the SCI scholarship program. I’m proud to say that I live and work in the same town as Ogeechee Technical College. I am very proud of each of their accomplishments. Sheila and Phillip have demonstrated professional and career readiness skills, and I hope they will be chosen as scholarship winners.” This is an experience they will never forget. They will get a chance to meet and talk to some of the leading funeral industry professionals during this week as they compete for a chance to be the winner of the National Scholarship Award.

Service Corporation International is North America’s leading provider of death care services and products. SCI has more than 30,000 dedicated employees who provide the finest funeral, cremation and cemetery services to hundreds of thousands of families each year. Operating from a network of more than 2,000 funeral homes and cemeteries, the people of SCI assist families with compassion and guidance at difficult times, helping them celebrate the significance of lives that have been lived and preserving memories that transcend generations with dignity and honor. For more information, please visit www.sci-corp.com.


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Pictured from left to right: TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin,
Argo, and Governor Nathan Deal

Alison Argo, winner of the Ogeechee Technical College EAGLE Award for 2016, was recently chosen as one of eight finalists for the State EAGLE Award by the Technical College System of Georgia.

Alison, an Evans County resident, recently attended the statewide EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta as Ogeechee Technical College’s delegate. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

Alison says she is one of the 1.2 million adults in Georgia who does not have a high school diploma or GED, but thanks to the Adult Education program at Ogeechee Technical College, she is proud to say that she is part of changing that number.

Dr. Paul Mizell, Dean for Adult Education at Ogeechee Tech stated, “We are thrilled to have Alison as our EAGLE delegate representing the College. In addition to working on her education at Ogeechee Tech, Alison also works full time and is an encouragement to students of all ages and backgrounds that they can be successful by remaining focused on their goals and working diligently to succeed. “

Allison’s nominating instructor, Julie Strickland, said, “One of the joys of teaching is witnessing the moments when students break free from the labels that life has stuck on them. Breaking out takes courage, and changing one's life trajectory is risky. One day, however, those students look at their reflections and see capable, intelligent, successful people full of ideas and potential staring back at them. Ali is one of those students for me. It has been an honor to watch her grow, and I am excited to see where she goes from here.”

Alison said, “The Ogeechee Tech Adult Education program has been helpful in many ways. The fact that the program is free helps financially. If there was a cost I wouldn’t be able to attend classes at all. If Adult Education was not an option, I would not have the second door open for a better life. I am relying on this program to have and make a better lifestyle. I am now looking forward to college, to a degree, and to a career of my own.”

After achieving her GED credential, Alison intends to obtain a degree in Psychology so she can someday open her own practice and help teens with substance abuse issues. Alison says she wants to give back to the community that helped her rebuild her life.

EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) through its Office of Adult Education (OAE) sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.


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The Ogeechee Technical College SkillsUSA team fared well at the the SkillsUSA Georgia State Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta last week.  A team of thirteen students and five advisors from the College competed in competitions including Quiz Bowl, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Practical Nursing, Medical Terminology, Industrial Motor Control, Electrical Construction Wiring, Information Technology Services, and Health Occupations Professional Portfolio.  Advisors who attended the conference were Jackie Howard, Allen McDaniel, Kelli Waters, Terry Hand, and Norm Threatt. 

Gold medals were awarded to Stephanie Hodges, Medical Terminology; Kenneth Rettinger, Information Technology Services; Keith Beaumont, Charles Case, Stephanie Kea, Jordan Price, and Rachel Bunch in Quiz Bowl.
 
A silver medal was presented to James Duncan Taylor, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio. Bronze medals were presented to Keri Hobbs, Practical Nursing; Carlos Morales, Industrial Motor Control; and John Pullen, Electrical Construction Wiring.

Gold medal winners will travel to the 52nd SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 20-24. Congratulations to the Ogeechee Tech SkillsUSA students and advisors!

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Business Management students and members of the Society for Human Resources and Professional Development (SHRPD) from Ogeechee Technical College recently had the opportunity to tour the Walmart Distribution Center located in Statesboro. Though the approximately four million square foot facility was simply too much to cover in one trip, Kara Carroll, Transportation Operations Manager, guided the students on a tour. Carroll also answered many student questions, with topics varying from safety, data collection, and how Walmart decides what products to place on the shelves, using the expertise she has gained through 24 years with the company. Alex Harris, instructor for the Business Management program and advisor to the student organization, said Carroll is proof that there are many opportunities with the company if you are willing to work hard. Harris stated, “I was actually overwhelmed by the product volume, attention to detail, and magnitude of the overall operation.”     

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Constance McBride Drew, a student in the Accounting program at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured with Robert "Eddie" Waller, Georgia Phi Beta Lambda Vice President for State and National Projects. Constance won first place in Accounting for Professionals and Computer Applications at the Phi Beta Lambda Southern District Conference held at Southern Regional Technical College in Tifton. There were over 200 participants at the 2016 Districts Conferences, held in Tifton and Dalton. 

Phi Beta Lambda’s mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Members have the opportunity to compete for awards and recognition on the local, state, and national levels in more than 50 different event categories including marketing, business plan, public speaking, job interview, and justice administration. Students interested in joining Phi Beta Lambda, may contact Advisor, Deedee Southerlin, at 912-871-1693 or dsoutherlin@ogeecheetech.edu.

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Dr. Anthony Chappell, a cardiologist in Statesboro, Georgia, is pictured above. Dr. Chappell, who serves as the Echocardiography Medical Advisor at the College, recently visited students in the Echocardiography program at Ogeechee Technical College to discuss what to expect when working in the field of echocardiography, the role of echocardiographers in a healthcare team, helpful tips for job hunting, and positive work ethics.

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Christy Aldrich is Ogeechee Technical College’s new Human Resource / Payroll Specialist. Before joining the staff at Ogeechee Tech, Christy worked for 10 years as the Accounting Director and Benefits Administrator at Evans Memorial Hospital. She has two daughters and a son in law, and her youngest daughter is dually-enrolled at Ogeechee Tech. Christy attends Connection Church, is a member of CrossFit Boro, and participates in FitLife at OTC. She says she enjoys spending time outdoors and on the river.  Welcome, Christy!

 

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In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Ogeechee Technical College’s Dental Assisting students were invited to speak to area pre-K classes. The students visited a total of five schools and nine classrooms. The schools visited included Brooklet Elementary, Bulloch Academy, Nevils Elementary, Southeast Bulloch High School, and Sallie Zetterower. Each group of dental assisting students was responsible for planning their own presentation. They talked to the pre-K students about germ bugs (bacterial plaque), proper brushing habits, flossing, and healthy/non-healthy snacks. Each child received a new Ogeechee Tech toothbrush.

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Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Marilyn Margolis, front center, visits with the staff at the Winship Infusion Center. From left are Nicole Bansavage, Tony Zanardo, Heather Billings, Sallie Reddick(OTC graduate), Margolis, Connie Masters, Cheryl Billish and Pamela Shinholster. Not pictured: Ashley Kennedy, Ashley Rayner, Pia Caga, Wendy Russell, LeAnn Bohanan, Stacey Luster, and Elise McConnell.

 

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – North Fulton cancer patients can now take advantage of expanded access to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University at Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

Registered nurse Connie Masters runs the Infusion Center at Emory Johns Creek, and she says the expansion of Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute is all about meeting the needs of their cancer patients.

“In 2012, we began looking at the ZIP codes of our cancer patients throughout Georgia. What we found was that there were a tremendous number of our patients with ZIP codes north of I-285,” said Masters. “So we wanted to meet that need by opening ambulatory infusion centers nearer where they live.” One is open at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs and another is planned in Buford.

North Fulton cancer outpatients who come for chemotherapy or other infusion therapies no longer have to make the long drive to Clifton Road in Atlanta, which can be 90 minutes one way.

“The infusions may take 10 minutes or last 10-12 hours, depending on the regime. Clifton Road is a large facility, and patients often have to wait before they can begin their infusion. By opening Winship at Emory Johns Creek, we have greatly reduced the patients’ travel time and the overall debilitation of the treatment,” Masters said.

Winship provides a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and physical therapists who have the specific disease experience to provide comprehensive care.
“If there are any questions or clarifications about treatment, it is no problem to consult with our doctors on Clifton Road,” she said.

Emory Johns Creek can serve 40 or 50 patients a day. When Winship at Emory Johns Creek first began receiving patients, it served 75 the first month. By December 2015, the center was treating 854 patients a month.

That each patient gets the best of care is due to the trained staff at Winship at EJCH. Masters says she’ll tell anyone it is the best in the Emory network.

“They are the best. They give them hugs when they come through the door. They are not treating the cancer – they are treating people with cancer.” Masters said.

That means if the treatments have to be rearranged around a wedding or a vacation, then that is what they do. Most patients have their favorite nurse, but every nurse knows something about every patient.

“We also try to provide dietary and social services for the patients. And we have a women’s support group as well as our CLIMB program for children of patients going through chemo,” Masters said.
Since it is hard for children to comprehend and understand what a parent is going through, children and patients receive healing arts programs along with instructional care two times a month. That includes the Happy Tails program when gentle dogs visit patients for the therapeutic relief the animals provide.

Can-Care is another program in which a patient is matched with a cancer survivor who has been through the same treatment.

Winship at Johns Creek has also received the green light to begin clinical trials on the campus. That means patients will have access to the most advanced research treatments available anywhere.
A hardy corps of volunteers provide eight hours of coverage, seeing to the needs of patients, whether that’s a warm blanket, a snack or just someone with whom they can sit and talk. These extras mean a lot to a patient facing a 10-hour treatment, Masters said.

“These volunteers are a godsend to this department. They have the most heart and soul of anyone I’ve ever met,” she said.

Best of all is that patients get top-quality care in their own neighborhood. Winship Institute is one of only 68 centers nationwide to receive the National Cancer Institute’s rigorous NCI designation. It is the only center in Georgia to have it.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital CEO Marilyn Margolis said the Winship Institute at the hospital is in itself a blessing.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc. will hold its annual iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) campaign in Bulloch County on March 22. The campaign annually raises funds to support Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), and has traditionally been held in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties on the same day, however, this year each of the three counties will have its own day for the campaign. Evans County’s campaign will be March 15, and Screven County’s will be on March 16. Bulloch, Evans, and Screven comprise Ogeechee Tech’s official service delivery area, although the College serves students from other counties as well.

The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation raises funds to benefit OTC in numerous ways. Student scholarships, emergency funds for students, equipment leases and purchases for academic programs, staff development activities, and other vital support for the College is provided through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors, according to Barry Turner, OTC’s Vice President for College Advancement. “One important way the Foundation supports the College is through needed acquisitions. In recent years the Foundation assisted in the purchase of a new tractor-trailer truck for the Commercial Truck Driving program, it leases equipment for the College’s Sonography and Radiologic Technology programs, and recently the Foundation purchased available land for expansion of the campus” said Turner.

Move on When Ready (dual enrollment) programs in local high schools, certificate, diploma, and degree programs to serve local workforce needs, GED® and literacy training, and support for new and existing industries, are all ways that Ogeechee Technical College has a positive impact on the economy and the quality of life in this region, according to Turner. “When you think about the many ways in which our graduates take care of the day to day needs of the citizens of this area, you begin to understand the impact the College has on all of our lives,” said Turner. “In medical professions, public safety, food service, construction related professions, information technology, and in so many other areas, our graduates serve the citizens of Bulloch and surrounding counties.”

Local volunteers will canvas Bulloch County on March 22, offering the opportunity for businesses and individuals to support the College through contributions to the Foundation. Monetary and in-kind support are appreciated, according to Ogeechee Technical College Foundation board president, Dr. Steve Healy. “Ogeechee Tech is vital to the economic vitality of this area, and to the quality of life of our citizens, and I hope everyone feels a conviction to support the Foundation in helping Ogeechee Tech,” said Healy. Anyone who wants to ensure their name is on the list to be contacted may call the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation office at (912) 688-6098.
Ogeechee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, and is an equal opportunity institution. 

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The Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College was site of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) Instructional Faculty Consortium Committee/ Executive Committee’s state meeting. The committee meets each year to discuss various CIS areas of study including computer support, networking, security, programming, databases, and more. 

Terry Hand, CIS Instructor at Ogeechee Technical College and eight-year member of the executive committee, stated, “It is our responsibility to ensure the curriculum for each of our program areas is correct and up-to-date, including proper competencies and descriptions. This can be a tough year-to-year undertaking in a field like ours, which is ever-changing and evolving.”

 

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The Echocardiography and Sonography programs at Ogeechee Technical College are currently holding a drive to collect new, solid white, full length socks that will be donated to the Emanuel County Women’s Center through Socks for Courtney. Socks for Courtney is a non-profit organization founded in memory of Courtney Kemp, who passed away at the age of 9 due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Her family uses Courtney’s love of socks to keep her memory alive and to raise heart disease awareness. The foundation provides support to the American Heart Association as well as numerous hospitals and civic organizations both locally and worldwide.

Donations may be dropped off in Health Science-North Building 943 before March 15, 2016.
For more information, please contact Duncan Taylor at jtaylo27@student.ogeecheetech.edu or Capre Mitchell at cmitchell@ogeecheetech.edu.



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Pictured above, Ogeechee Tech student, Jaqueta Davis, discusses healthy and non-healthy snacks.

Pre-K students from Smiles, Giggles, and Hugs of Statesboro recently visited Ogeechee Technical College’s Dental Assisting classroom. The Dental Assisting students played games with the students and talked about germ bugs (bacterial plaque), proper brushing habits, flossing, and healthy and non healthy snacks. Each child received a new toothbrush, tooth paste, and coloring sheets.

Yvonne Jenkins, Dental Assisting Program Director, said, “This event worked well into the Preventative Dentistry curriculum the Dental Assisting students are now taking. This teaches the students to educate and counsel patients in the areas of dental disease, oral hygiene, and nutrition. “Jenkins said she was pleased at how hard her students had worked on their presentations. “I’m happy that we have the opportunity to share this information with the children. It is important that children start good dental health habits now for a lifetime of good oral health.”

 

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A group of Ogeechee Technical College Medical Assisting students are pictured above with Stilson Elementary Principal, Pam Goodman, far left, and Parent Liason, Sherry Jordan, far right. The students participated in the school’s “Keeping our Minds and our Bodies Fit Night” by checking blood pressures and presenting information on fat/sugar in snacks.  Students who participated were: Brittni Miller, Brooke Lanier, Jennifer Godwin, Diana Hall, Elna Devine, Kristi Melancon, Rachel Joyner, and Victoria Bowers.

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a “Computer Fun for Everyone” class for a group of senior citizens from Concerted Services. Twenty Bulloch County seniors visited the College’s campus to learn basic computer skills, how to identify basic parts of the computer, mouse navigation, icon usage, how to create a folder, and how to search various topics on the Internet. Assistant Dean, Natasha Grimes, with the help of Sigma members, offered step-by-step instruction to the class participants. Sigma Alpha Pi Advisor, Ty White-Johnson, Counseling and Retention Coordinator for the College, said, “This was a very productive workshop and many of our senior guests encouraged Sigma to offer additional classes so they can learn more.” Laura Chambers, an English Instructor at the College, also serves as a chapter advisor for the society.

 

 

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Ogeechee Technical College will hold a Graduation Gala on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. in the lobby of the Joseph E. Kennedy (JEK) Building.  Upcoming graduates will have an opportunity to order their cap and gown, speak with Ogeechee Tech staff from the Alumni Association and Career Services.  Representatives from Valdosta State University and Armstrong State University will also be on hand to discuss educational opportunities available after graduation. Cap and gown orders must be placed by March 28 and pick up will begin Monday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. in JEK auditorium. Honor tassels will be given out during this time. Students are encouraged to email the registrar at otcregistrar@ogeecheetech.edu for any questions or concerns.
 

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The newly opened Natural Resources Building at Ogeechee Technical College was the site of Business After Hours on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation was the host of the event which is held monthly by various members of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber as an opportunity for businesses to network. The Ogeechee Tech Foundation hosts the event in February each year prior to the annual iGot (I Give to Ogeechee Tech) fundraising campaign, which is held in March. 

 

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The SkillsUSA Chapter at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Kiss the Pig fundraiser. The fundraiser was held to offset fees for the State Leadership and Skills Conference being held in Atlanta on March 17-18, 2016. All SkillsUSA competitors participated by promoting the event on campus, raising money, and encouraging the nominated staff to actively participate. SkillsUSA members, students, and Ogeechee Tech employees voted which faculty/staff member they would like to see kiss a pig. Voting buckets were placed in the bookstore. Participating faculty and staff were Jan Martin, Beckie Snyder, Allen McDaniel, Dean Jan Moore, Dean Jennifer Witherington, Ty Johnson, Kaylyn Eheman, Dean Kelli Kingry, Angie Alston, Terry Hand, Steve Miller, and Jackie Howard. Jan Martin raised the most money and is seen above kissing Riblet the pig. Riblet belongs to Trey and Lesa Dixon.

 

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The Best Community Colleges in Georgia

 "The best job placement rate of all the technical colleges in Georgia came from Ogeechee Technical College. The graduation rate was also considerable — among the top 20 percent of TCSG schools — and its 46 percent of students enrolled in distance education was enough to give it the No. 3 spot among technical schools in Georgia. The student-faculty ratio at OTC was impressive as well, with just 16 students per faculty member in 2014 (which ties for fifth overall in our rankings, shared with NGTC above)."

 

 

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Jeannie McCorkle, an Early Childhood Care and Education instructor, was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2016 Instructor of the Year. This award, known as the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction, is an annual, statewide event that honors Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors.  Started in 1991, this honor recognizes technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through service, innovation and leadership in their field. 

Four finalists from the College, Jackie Howard, Jeannie McCorkle, LeAnne Robinson and Michelle Rupar, were selected and interviewed by a panel of external judges.

McCorkle was announced as the winner at the College’s spring faculty/staff meeting. Laura Chambers, 2015 Instructor of the Year, said about Jeannie, “This year’s winner has been teaching for quite some time.  When asked why she became a teacher, she said she could not remember a time that she wasn’t a teacher.  From teaching her younger siblings through helping with their homework to thirty years in the public school system then on to the technical college system, she has always been hard at work teaching people.” Chambers went on to read a portion of one of Jeannie’s nominating letters written by a student that said, “When I first met this instructor in my advising session, I was immediately put at ease.  I felt I had made a great choice in attending OTC and my program of study.  Once class began, I was more confident than ever that my education from this instructor was going to change my life.”  

Jeannie will go on to represent the College at the Rick Perkins regional competition.

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OTC Law Enforcement Academy Student Ryan McGowan
braces for a bite during K9 training

The Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted a K9 apprehension and tracking exercise.  During the training, Ogeechee Tech LEA students were taught how to work with K9 assets and their handlers, while Effingham County Sheriff’s K9 teams practiced tracking and apprehension operations. Ogeechee Tech LEA students participated in live tracking exercises and K9 apprehension drills, playing both the roles of supporting officer and suspect.  While wearing protective equipment, students were pursued and apprehended by the K9 teams. Ogeechee Tech LEA student, Colin Blake, said of the experience, “This training was extremely helpful in understanding what the dogs can and can’t do. It also taught us how to employ and work with them as patrol officers.” 

The exercise was coordinated by Jim Mitchell, LEA Director, and LEA Lead Instructor Mike Deleon, along with Chief Investigator Don White, Deputy Jason Fondren, and Sgt. Brian Mundy of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. Mitchell said, “Students learned a deep respect for the power and skill of the K9s, who frequently toppled them during the apprehensions. This training is invaluable to these future officers and we’re proud to say that the Ogeechee Tech LEA is currently the only law enforcement academy in the State of Georgia to conduct this type of exercise for basic training students.” For more information about the Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy, call (912) 739-5367 or visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/lea

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Georgia First Lady, Sandra Deal, along with Jennifer Dickey, and Catherine Lewis, authors of Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion, will visit Ogeechee Technical College on March 22, 2016. The authors will hold a book talk, question and answer session, book signing, and meet and greet in the Natural Resources Building from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Working closely with the First Families who lived there, the authors share the history of the Mansion through stories and experiences of the Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes, and Perdue families. “The Mansion belongs to the people of Georgia, and this book is an effort to share and preserve its rich history,” Deal said. “All homes have a story to tell, and the Governor’s Mansion is no exception.”

Books will be available for purchase for $35. For more information, please contact Dr. Lynn Futch at lfutch@ogeecheetech.edu or 912-871-8519.


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Kelli Waters, Student Activities and Special Populations Coordinator at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently awarded the Leadership Award at the spring faculty/staff meeting. When describing Kelli, Ty Johnson, last year’s recipient said, “Have you ever noticed a juggler’s skilled and amazing ability to keep several objects in motion at the same time without dropping any? This is the only way that I could best describe Kelli. She is a person of great skill with a gift to keep several tasks in motion at once, without dropping the ball. It is surely an honor that is well deserved.” Kelli, who has more than 17 years of experience working with the Technical College System of Georgia, also serves as the coordinator of the Rick Perkins Award and Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). Since her appointment as GOAL coordinator at the College in 2008, Kelli has had multiple regional and state finalists, as well as three state winners, in 2008, 2011, and 2014.

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Kimberly Riner, an adjunct Art Appreciation instructor, was recently named the 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Ogeechee Technical College. This award recognizes an outstanding part-time instructor who has made significant contributions to the College through teaching, service, and leadership in their field.  When describing Kimberly, the presenter, Dean Jennifer Witherington, said, “Our winner this year is someone who strives to inspire creativity and imagination in her students. She hopes that she may even help them find a talent they didn’t know they had. Through encouraging openness to the material and communicating her own passion and enthusiasm for art, she hopes to convey to students that learning is a lifelong endeavor. “

Kimberly, also the Visual Arts Director for Averitt Center for the Arts, received her Masters of Fine Art from Georgia Southern University in 3D Art with an emphasis in ceramics. She has held faculty positions at Georgia Southern University, Brenau University, and Ogeechee Technical College. She is actively involved in growing the art scene in the Statesboro area where she has worked with the Migrant Youth Summer Camp, ArtsFest, Summer Studios and Creative Art Studio. Her artwork has been exhibited in a national and global scale and held in private collections.

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Jan Martin, Radiologic Technology Program Director at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently presented the Diamond Award at the Spring faculty/staff meeting. This award recognizes and honors an exceptional employee who goes the extra mile and exemplifies excellence in such things as customer service, innovation, improved efficiency, a positive attitude, teamwork, community service and exemplary service to the College.  All employees of the College are eligible for this award, including part-time employees, and are nominated by their colleagues.

Lori Durden, Vice President for Economic Development, said, “This year’s winner is committed to her program and her students.  She is passionate about what she does.  And most importantly, she challenges the status quo when it doesn’t serve her College or students fairly.  She has been and continues to be a great representative for our College, on campus and off.  In fact, she has quite a reputation as a compassionate and caring volunteer in our community, and this spills over onto her students too.  The passion she shares for her students and field of study, combined with her innovativeness in the classroom and sense of community awareness and responsibility makes her a diamond for sure! “

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Charlie Collins, Commercial Construction instructor at Ogeechee Technical College, is pictured being congratulated by Kenny Adkins, Curriculum Program Specialist for the Technical College System of Georgia.  The Commercial Construction program at Ogeechee Technical College recently received the designation as an Accredited Training Education Facility (ATEF) through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

 

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Ogeechee Technical College will offer FlexEd courses starting February 15, in addition to regular Spring offerings.  These 10 week courses are accelerated ‘minimesters’ and will cover the same content as a regular semester, providing the same credit hours in a fast-tracked format. Registration for Spring FlexEd is now available with classes running February 15-May 2, and many of the courses will be online. Some of the courses that will be offered include: Culinary Arts, Financial Accounting, History, and Psychology.

FlexEd classes enjoy the same cost structure, financial aid eligibility, and transfer equivalency as courses offered in the traditional semester length format. For course listings and additional information, visit http://www.ogeecheetech.edu/flex


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Hyedie Badie was recently named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2016 Support Staff Person of the Year. The Support Staff Person of the Year Award recognizes and honors an employee who has made significant contributions to the mission and success of the College. 

Badie started full-time at the College in April 2004 as an Administrative Assistant. She went on to work in the Business Office before landing in her current role as an Administrative Assistant in the Adult Education program.  Beckie Snyder, last year’s Support Staff recipient said, “Hyedie is the first contact students have in her department and it is essential to her to present a positive first impression. She treats each student as an important member of the OTC family. She is the go-to person in her department and is always willing to help her fellow co-workers in any way she can.”  Beckie, reading a quote from the colleague that nominated Hyedie said, “She is an astute problem solver who has a knack for looking at issues from a different perspective which enables her to develop creative and realistic solutions.  You can always count on her to do whatever it takes to get the job done”.

Congratulations, Hyedie!

 

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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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The hard work and determination of a number of Ogeechee Technical College students was demonstrated recently as they were named to the College’s President’s List and Honor list for Fall Semester. Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) to be considered for inclusion in the President’s or Honor Roll lists.


The following Ogeechee Technical College students were listed on the President’s List (achieved a 4.0 Grade Point Average)
for the Fall Semester:

Aleathiea Andrews

Hector Angeles Garcia

Jasmine Appleberry

Brittany Berry

Gloria Bolton

Jamie Booth

Christopher Bragg

Ariel Budgett

Katherine Burgess

Sheila Butler

Richard Cannon

Kimberly Carnes

Charles Case

Jessica Cave

Kimberly Clarke

Magan Cobb

Eva Conrad

Jacob Crowley

Michael Dolan

Jessica Downey

Sheron Downie

Gary Durrence

Charles Flynn

Vivian Gato

Dana Gillican

Eileen Goodson

McKenzie Graham

Zachary Grizzard

Jacinda Hagens

Lashawn Harris

Steven Hawkins

Kristian Hayman

Sarah Heisler

Charles Hendrix

Matthew Hendrix

India Hornsby

Marlena Hunter

Kaley Igou

Rebecca Isenhour

Iesha Jackson

Genevieve Kemp

Kurt Lau

Erika Lee

Matthew McCarty

Sondra Mercer-Roberts

William Mills



Carlos Morales

Cecil O'Quinn

Valentin Olah

Hannah Page

Brandy Parrish

Stephanie Phipps

Tiffany Price

Kenneth Rettinger

Aprile Rizzo

Jasmine Robbins

Mallory Roberts

Century Roberts

Michal Ruple

Nancy Sanders

Rebecca Scott

Dalton Sewell

Madison Shanks

Jana Shaw

Jamie Sherrod

Dannah Signor

William Sirmons

Rhiannon Skelton

Leetoria Smith



Susan Smith

Hazel Stewart

Sylvia Stewart

Victoria Swan

Michelle Thacker

Patricia Threatt

Ryan Ting

Joel Watson

Carol Weeks

Alanna Wells

Micaela Wert

Daysha West

Heather White

Andrew White

Angelia Williams

Hunter Williams

Katlin Williams

Britney Williams

Christopher Wilson

Cassondra Wright

Herbert Zipperer



In addition, these students were named to Ogeechee Tech’s Honor List (achieved a 3.5-3.99 Grade Point Average)
for the Fall Semester:

Harley Anderson

Kierra Bacon

Christopher Bailey

Megan Bailey

Anna Barnes

Candra Bennett

Andrea Berry

Madison Bird

Shaquana Blackshear

Rachel Bowers

Lane Boykin

Sarah Bradley

Takiesha Brown

Gregory Brown

Crystal Brushett

Traci Bullett

Lucy Campbell

Martin Causer

Samuel Clark

Chelsea Clayton

Sherri Cline

Ayanna Cobb

Briana Cornelius

Montrel Cox

Whitney Crawford

Chrystal Davis

Jaqueta Davis

Kasey DeMott



Joey Deloach

Pelaura Devine

Simmie Driggers

Amy Finch

Austin Garrett

Caitlin Gibson

Thomas Grumme

Dale Guentzel

Alicia Hardaway

Dustin Harrelson

Ayanna Harvey

Abril Heath

Scott Hebden

James Hendrix

Joanna Hendrix

Travis Herndon

Paige Hicks

Ivy Hilliard

Justin Hodges

Mia Howard

Dillon Jackson

Tayler Jackson

Maggie Keeble

Sarah King

Jon Ladig

Keyth Lariscy

Kaitlin Lawton

Holly Lindsey



Grace Matika

Alex McGowan

Jacquelyn McNeel

Krystyna Mcfearin

Rachel Mclemore Riser

Amanda Merry

Haley Miller

Johnny Moran

Taylor Morgan

Marco Navarro

Armando Nopal

Kiera Oliver

Benjamin Olson

Blaine Ondriezek

Jonathan Paine

Jaykumar Patel

Gauri Patel

Tamika Patterson

Carolyn Pierce

Reginald Pinkney

Gregory Porter

Jordan Price

Phillip Pridgen

Erica Reese

Lauren Renz

Raquel Riffas

Jacquelyn Roberson

Shanyia Roberts



Jesse Rovolis

Taren Sauerland

Kyler Scott

Robert Shuman

Casandra Sides

Keishia Sims

Kayla Singley

Stacy Sites

Holly Smith

Courtney Smith

Aaron Spaulding

Luz Steiner

Rachel Thompson

Austin Thompson

Shameka Tolbert

Tabitha Trent

Sherri Tripp

Adilyn Wade

Wendy Waters

Bailey Watson

Morgan Webster

Emily Whitaker

James White

Christopher Wilkes

Lakeshia Williams

Katie Wilson

David Wright

 

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The Student Affairs Division at Ogeechee Technical College welcomed students back to campus for the start of Spring Semester 2016. Students who signed an “iCommit2Complete” pledge were given a t-shirt and wrist band to commemorate their pledge to complete their program of study at Ogeechee Tech. Students were greeted by Student Affairs staff members and Student Leadership representatives who answered questions, gave directions, and supplied snacks to help the students get off to a great start to the new term.

 

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Five Ogeechee Technical College students have been selected as the College’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). 

The Semi-Finalists are:

  • Melissa Behling, Radiologic Technology
  • Jaqueta Davis, Dental Assisting
  • Kasey DeMott, Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Zachary Hart, Funeral Service Education  
  • Mckenzie Murphy, Culinary Arts

The next step is for a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community to interview and evaluate these five students and select one to be Ogeechee Tech’s 2016 GOAL winner. The winner will be announced at the annual GOAL luncheon on Tuesday, January 26th, and will go on to compete in the regional preliminary judging. Nine finalists from the three regions will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2016 statewide GOAL winner.

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The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at Ogeechee Technical College recently held its Fall Awards Ceremony and Graduation at the College. Eleven graduates, along with their family and friends, were welcomed by retired LEA Program Director, Greg Rabeler, and Chief Bob Bryson, Tybee Police Department, offered special remarks. Program Director, Jim Mitchell, individually recognized each student and gave special presentations. A reception was immediately held after the ceremony. Ogeechee Tech's Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) approved program is an intensive 15-week process that trains individuals for work in law enforcement with a variety of agencies, including local police and sheriff's departments.

For more information on the Law Enforcement Academy at Ogeechee Technical College, please call the Academy at (912) 739-5367.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College held its Fall pinning ceremony on December 7 in the auditorium of the Joseph E. Kennedy Building. Fifteen students received pins, which they may wear as an outward sign of completing their program of study. Marilyn Turner, Program Director, provided introductions and remarks and she, along with instructors Michelle McCranie and Brigitte Bazemore, individually recognized each student on stage.  A reception immediately followed in the lobby.

 

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The Commercial Construction program at Ogeechee Technical College recently received the designation as an Accredited Training Education Facility (ATEF) through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). According to their website, the NCCER is a non-profit education foundation developed by construction CEOs, academic leaders, and other construction related partners who joined forces to standardize training for programs in the construction industry. Based in developing a safe and productive workforce, these founders created standardized training and credentialing that is accepted practice nationwide. They maintain a registry that allows companies to track qualifications and credentials and also allows individuals to maintain their records in a secure database.

An ATEF designation through NCCER is defined as “a high school, college, or university working in partnership with and Accredited Training Sponsor that has successfully completed an approval process for recognition of its training program.” Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs said, “This accreditation is beneficial to our students, as well as the College. It provides assurance that our curriculum has exceeded industry standards, armed our students with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective employees, and ensured the competency of the workforce we are training.“

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony for students completing the Pharmacy Technology program. Dean Kelly Kingry offered welcoming remarks and Program Director, Kendreia Durant, and instructor Cassandra Leeks, individually recognized each student as they received their pin. A reception was held after the ceremony.

 

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Employees of the Administrative Services division at Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in the Be a Santa to a Senior program. Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of non-medical, in-home and companionship services for aging adults, heads up the project, and teams up with non-profits, donating gifts at Christmas to local seniors.

 

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Ty Johnson, counselor and retention coordinator for Ogeechee Technical College, is professionally trained and has the experience to help college students recognize their potential and overcome obstacles that prevent them from succeeding. But her positivity, coupled wi