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

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

    

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

 

Words and image courtesy of The Statesboro Herald

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

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

  

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

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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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!”

See original article by Jerri Goodman

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Barry Turner
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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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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Barry Turner
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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.

To register for the event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1669092469775944

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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.
 

Words and image courtesy of Statesboro Herald.

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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!”

Congratulations, Rebecca!

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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.

To find out more about the SynDaver, visit http://syndaver.com/



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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.

Welcome, Kristie!

 

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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.

Click on the image for more information. To apply, go to https://www.easyhrweb.com/JC_OgeecheeTech/JobListings/JobListings.aspx.

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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.”
 
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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!

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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.

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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”.

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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 with her compassion for others, makes Ty the perfect candidate to share advice with those of any age on how to make 2016 the best year yet by maintaining a positive and healthy outlook throughout the entire year.
 
Ty landed in Statesboro in 2001 when she moved here from Savannah to attend Georgia Southern University. She successfully completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at GSU and then added a master's in professional counseling from South University in 2009.
 
To continue reading and see "Ty's Top Tips to Stay Focused on the Positive" click here.

 

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The Sigma Alpha Phi Chapter (The National Society of Leadership and Success) at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a drive to collect new teddy bears that will be given out to children in times of crisis. Sigma Alpha Pi advisors, Ty Johnson and Laura Chambers, reported that more than 500 bears were donated by students, faculty, and staff at the College. The bears were delivered to East Georgia Pediatrics, Safe Haven, Statesboro Fire Department, Statesboro Police Department, Red Cross, Goodwill, and Brown’s Nursing Home.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in a state-wide Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Exercise, spearheaded by the Georgia Department of Public Health. The Georgia Emergency Management Association, Georgia State Patrol, local Emergency Management Agencies and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) took part in the event. Dr. Lisa Beck, Emergency Manager at TCSG, said, “The portion of the exercise that took place in the eastern portion of Georgia involved Ogeechee Tech being deployed, and then transporting materials under escorted convoy from the Receiving, Staging and Storage Site (RSS) in Cobb County to the designated Point of Distribution (POD) in Savannah. “ The exercise was designed to reinforce and strengthen existing plans in Georgia to ensure medicine and medical supplies are available, should a public health emergency, such as terrorist attack, disease outbreak, or earthquake, occur and cause local supplies to be exhausted.

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The Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter (The National Society of Leadership and Success) at Ogeechee Technical College is collecting new teddy bears to be given out to children in times of crisis. Bears will be accepted in Counselor Ty Johnson’s office, Room 192, in the Joseph E. Kennedy Building.

According to its website, Sigma Alpha Pi 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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Ogeechee Technical College was the recent recipient of a piece of equipment from Slayde Holloway, owner of Ironman Recycling, in Metter, Georgia. The Allen Bradley SLC 5/03 Programmable Logic Controller Belt conveyor, with three phase motor and gear box, was donated for use in the Programmable Control Class for the Electrical Systems Technology Program at the College.

“Students benefit from hands-on experience with equipment which they may encounter in the workplace,” said Norm Threatt, OTC’s Electrical Systems Technology program director.  “This donation will allow us to train on a system that utilizes programmable controls, and will allow us to illustrate the concepts learned through lecture classes,” Threatt said.  

“We appreciate Ironman Recycling donating the equipment.  Our goal is to produce qualified graduates who can then fulfill the personnel needs of companies like Ironman,” concluded Threatt. 


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Nadia Vining, High School Coordinator for Ogeechee Technical College, recently hosted a workshop about Georgia’s Move On When Ready program as part of College Experience Day at Georgia Southern University. Migrant students and families from 6 counties, including Bulloch and Evans, were invited to attend the event. Other workshops offered included college readiness, admissions, student services interactions, and a discussion hosted by faculty. Over 50 students were in attendance, along with school counselors, advisers, and current Georgia Southern students from migrant families.

Vining said many students admitted that they did not see college as a possibility because they could not afford college tuition and textbooks, and did not qualify for any financial aid due to their citizenship status. Vining said, “Students were asked what their aspirations would be if they did not have to worry about the expense of tuition, student fees, or textbooks. The students opened up about their goals and dreams, excited to tell each other how they would change their lives if they had the opportunity to go to college. They learned that through the Move On When Ready program, they can do just that. They were excited to hear that Ogeechee Technical College offers quality-guaranteed certificate, diploma, and degree programs that will prepare them for a brighter future.”

 

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With the highest graduation rate and the highest high school enrollment rate among technical colleges in Georgia, Ogeechee Technical College was named Thursday as the state's Technical College of the Year.

For the second time in the past four years, Ogeechee Tech in Statesboro was chosen by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia as the recipient of the Sonny Perdue Award, given as the state's highest honor among technical colleges.

"This is a well-deserved honor for Ogeechee Technical College," said Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. "Under President Dawn Cartee's strong leadership, the staff and faculty of Ogeechee Technical College have consistently exceeded their goals. The true winners here are the Ogeechee Tech students who are benefiting from an excellent education that is equipping them with the skills that they need for careers with great companies."

Each December, the Technical College System board chooses the award winner from among the system's 22 technical colleges. The top college is named after a review of 20 performance categories covering technical education, adult education, economic development, resource development and administration.

"I couldn't be more proud to accept this award on behalf of all the local board, faculty, staff and students of Ogeechee Tech," Cartee said. "We could not have achieved this milestone without their support, as well as that of the state board, the community, and the TCSG system office."
Highlights from Ogeechee Tech's 2015 academic year include:

• The highest graduation rate (75.5 percent) in the Georgia's public technical college system. Ogeechee Tech graduated over 1,100 students in 2015, and has exceeded its Complete College Georgia degree production goals the last seven consecutive years.
• The second-highest student retention rate of 69.3 percent, compared to a system-wide rate of 64 percent.
• The highest increase in enrollment by high school students (up 140 percent from the prior academic year).
• The third-highest licensure pass rate in the system during the 2015 fiscal year, with 94.7 percent of graduates passing their licensure exams.
• An increase in the number of companies whose employees received Customized Contract Training through the college's Office of Economic Development program, providing over 25,000 hours of training in 2015.

The other two finalists for the 2015 award were Athens Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College. Ogeechee Tech, which was named College of the Year in 2011, serves Bulloch, Evans and Screven counties in eastern Georgia. Previous College of the Year award winners include Lanier Technical College (2014), Savannah Technical College (2013), Atlanta Technical College (2012) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2010).

The state College of the Year award was created in 2010 in honor of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a strong supporter of the Technical College System colleges and their mission to develop the state's workforce through technical and adult education

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Top graduation and high retention rates cited as success factors

 

The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has selected Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro as this year’s recipient of the Sonny Perdue Award for the TCSG Technical College of the Year.  This is the second year since the award was established in 2010 that Ogeechee has been named College of the Year.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Ogeechee Technical College. Under President Cartee’s strong leadership, the staff and faculty of Ogeechee Technical College have consistently exceeded their goals,” said Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “The true winners here are the Ogeechee Tech students who are benefiting from an excellent education that is equipping them with the skills that they need for careers with great companies.”

Each December, the TCSG board chooses the award winner from among the system’s 22 technical colleges. The top college is named after a review of 20 performance categories covering technical education, adult education, economic development, resource development, and administration.
 “I couldn’t be more proud to accept this award on behalf of all the local board, faculty, staff, and students of Ogeechee Tech,” said President Cartee. “We could not have achieved this milestone without their support, as well as that of the state board, the community, and the TCSG system office.”

Highlights from Ogeechee Technical College’s 2015 academic year include:

•    The highest graduation rate (75.5%) in the Georgia’s public technical college system. Ogeechee Tech graduated over 1,100 students in 2015, and has exceeded its Complete College Georgia degree production goals the last seven consecutive years.

•    The second highest student retention rate of 69.3%, compared to a system-wide rate of 64%.

•    The highest increase in enrollment by high school students (up 140% from the prior academic year).

•    The third-highest licensure pass rate in the system during FY15, with 94.7% of graduates passing their licensure exams. 

•    An increase in the number of companies whose employees received Customized Contract Training through the college's Office of Economic Development program, providing over 25,000 hours of training in 2015.

Ogeechee Technical College, which was also named College of the Year in 2011, serves Bulloch, Evans and Screven counties in eastern Georgia. The other two finalists for the 2015 award were Athens Technical College and Gwinnett Technical College. Previous College of the Year award winners include Lanier Technical College (2014), Savannah Technical College (2013), Atlanta Technical College (2012) and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (2010).

The TCSG College of the Year award was created in 2010 in honor of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, a strong supporter of the TCSG colleges and their mission to develop the state’s workforce through technical and adult education.

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. For more information, visit TCSG.edu.

 

 

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Ogeechee Technical College Police Chief, Stan York, recently coordinated an active shooter exercise at the College’s Hagan campus.  Representatives of various Evans County law enforcement and emergency service agencies, Ogeechee Tech’s Law Enforcement Academy, and faculty from the OTC Adult Education program, were participants in the exercise. The purpose of the drill was to demonstrate how to notify support agencies, implement an incident command system, and transition to a unified command in an active shooter situation. When instructing participants playing the roles of civilians, York said, “You have a decision to make. You can run, hide, or you can fight. Escape safely if you can. If you are able to hide, secure your area and hide. Do not be a willing victim. Fight back if that is your last resort.”  Pictured, OTC Law Enforcement Academy Director, Jim Mitchell, addresses participants prior to the drill.

 

 

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Employee and student military veterans of Ogeechee Technical College were recently honored at a Veterans Day program held at the College. Larry Shatteen, Student Veterans Association Advisor, welcomed the guests, followed by the presentation of colors by the Southeast Bulloch High School JROTC.  Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore was the guest speaker. A luncheon for the veterans and their families followed.

Ogeechee Tech offers many programs and services to assist Veterans and Active Duty service members achieve their personal, professional, and educational goals. For more information on services provided to veterans, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/military

 

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Ogeechee Technical College Radiologic Technology Program Director, Jan Martin (pictured right), speaks with Statesboro Kiwanis Club member, Representative Jan Tankersley, following Martin’s presentation to the local civic club recently. Martin discussed the Radiologic Technology program offered at Ogeechee Tech, highlighted some of the successful graduates of the program, and explained the importance of credentialed radiologic technologists in healthcare. 

 

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Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing students from Ogeechee Technical College recently administered hearing and vision screenings for more than 1,000 students from Claxton Elementary School. Marilyn Turner, Medical Assisting Instructor for the College, said, “Hearing or vision impairments may prevent a child from reaching his or her full academic capability. These screenings enable us to detect conditions as early as possible to correct any problems.”

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Pictured above Tormenta FC and Clubhouse owner, Dr. Darin Van Tassell,
and OTC President, Dr. Dawn Cartee, formalized the agreement at a signing
ceremony on the Ogeechee Technical College campus.

Ogeechee Technical College, and The South Georgia Soccer Franchise of the Premier Development League and The Clubhouse Family Entertainment Center, today entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow Ogeechee Tech students to work as interns with the South Georgia Soccer Franchise and The Clubhouse. Students from OTC’s Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, Business Management, Culinary Arts, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management, and Marketing Management programs will have the opportunity to work with the new soccer franchise, Tormenta FC, and The Clubhouse to help accomplish their educational goals, according to the MOU.

Tormenta FC and Clubhouse owner, Dr. Darin Van Tassell, and OTC President, Dr. Dawn Cartee, formalized the agreement at a signing ceremony on the Ogeechee Technical College campus. The agreement should prove mutually beneficial to the organizations, according to Van Tassell. “This agreement will not only provide valuable educational opportunities to the Ogeechee Tech students who participate, but it will help provide a great labor-pool for our organization and others,” said Van Tassell. There are numerous activities and jobs within the soccer and entertainment venues which will allow students to participate in order to gain valuable on-the-job educational experiences, according to Cartee. “We constantly look for partnerships with organizations which can provide valuable practicum experiences for our students,” said Cartee. “Classroom lectures, on-campus labs, and in-field practicums combine to deliver excellent educational opportunities which have a positive impact on the available workforce.”

Just a few of the activities in which students may participate are game-day management, event coordination, advertising, food and beverage operations, and accounting and financial support.

“We expect students to get a good view of what real-world careers in their chosen professions are like,” said Van Tassell.

Students interested in any of the programs of study mentioned may visit www.ogeecheetech.edu to learn more. To learn more about Tormenta FC or The Clubhouse, go to www.tormentafc.com or www.clubhousestatesboro.com.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Board of Directors and the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees recently received recognition at the Fall Leadership Conference for the Technical College System of Georgia in Atlanta. The Ogeechee Tech local Board received an award from the Technical College Directors Association for having 100% certification of its board members.  Certification criteria that must be met include: board meeting attendance, attending graduation for the College, advocating for the College with legislators, in addition to other requirements.

OTC president, Dr. Dawn Cartee, said, “Meeting the criteria for board certification illustrates the dedication our board members have to Ogeechee Technical College and to technical education. I applaud them for their hard work on behalf of the College and our students.”

Role Model Board status was achieved by the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees and was acknowledged by the Technical College Foundation Association. Criteria for this award include having defined financial practices in place, participation in College activities, attendance at committee and board meetings, personal contributions to the Foundation, and numerous other requirements. “The Foundation is a great benefit to the College and to our students. The support from the community is obvious through the support the Foundation receives, and in turn provides for the College,” said Cartee.

Both boards have been the recipient of these awards previously, and will strive to maintain those levels of dedication and performance, according to Cartee.   

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Ogeechee Technical College recently announced the expansion of online and evening class offerings. The College currently offers several certificate, diploma, and degrees completely online in a variety of fields, including accounting, business technology, computer information systems, criminal justice,  and medical assisting. The specific offerings can be found at www.ogeecheetech.edu/online-programs. Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “At Ogeechee Technical College, we believe in offering programs and courses in multiple formats to meet the needs of our students and this expansion offers our students flexibility and convenience.”

“Often students find it difficult to manage a traditional schedule of classes, but evening and online classes provide students with an option to get their education while continuing to meet work and family obligations,” Lamar said. Financial aid eligibility should be no different for online and evening classes, compared to traditional on-campus, day classes. 

Students may contact Student Affairs at Ogeechee Tech to begin the application and enrollment process by calling (912) 688-6994, or by visiting our site.  
 

 

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In a recent ceremony held at Ogeechee Technical College, new officers took their official oath to become part of the Ogeechee Technical College Police Department. Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Dawn Cartee, President of Ogeechee Technical College, Mike DeLeon, Matt Weingarten, and Chris Dyal.

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Faculty, staff, students, and Local Board Members of Ogeechee Technical College recently gathered for a Strategic Planning Workshop. The Strategic Plan, reviewed and updated every five years, was the topic for the all-day planning session. Gordon Maner, a facilitator for the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of College, assisted with the review of the College’s Mission and Vision statements, as well as strategic goals and objectives. Using discussions and ideas from the workshop, the Steering Committee, made up of individuals from each division at the College, will meet within the next month to finalize the plan.

 

 

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Leading energy technology company to invest more than $70 million in Statesboro facility
 
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Aspen Aerogels, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance aerogel insulation, will create more than 100 jobs and invest more than $70 million in Statesboro.  
 
“Aspen Aerogels is a major addition to Georgia’s thriving technology industry,” said Deal. “The company’s Statesboro location offers close proximity to our top-notch transportation infrastructure and some of our first-class academic institutions. I am confident that our highly-skilled workforce and competitive resources will be uniquely beneficial for Aspen’s growth in Georgia.”
 
Aspen Aerogels manufactures energy infrastructure insulation used in refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG facilities, power plants and related operations. Aspen Aerogels manufactures its products in the U.S. and exports more than 60 percent of annual production to international markets.
 
“The factors we considered to choose Bulloch County as the site for our second manufacturing facility were compelling,” said Don Young, President and CEO of Aspen Aerogels. “The 43-acre Statesboro site is served by rail and provides excellent access to the Port of Savannah. The City of Statesboro and the surrounding region is served by a well-developed technical education system featuring Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College and East Georgia State College. In addition, the region is home to a strong, available workforce and will provide Aspen with secure and low-cost utilities and good access to critical raw materials. We also received great support from the State of Georgia, Bulloch County and the City of Statesboro. We are excited to become an active member of the local community.”
 
Aspen Aerogels currently employs more than 250 personnel at facilities in Northborough, Mass., and East Providence, R.I.
 
“The Statesboro-Bulloch County community is proud to have Aspen Aerogels choose to locate here,” said Garrett Nevil, Chairman of the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners. “The decision is a great example of our community’s team working together to bring this company and its quality jobs to our area.”
 
“The City of Statesboro welcomes Aspen Aerogels to our progressive and business friendly community,” said Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore. “We believe that Aspen will be a great success story for our community.”
 
Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) project manager Wylly Harrison represented the Global Commerce division throughout this project in collaboration with the Development Authority of Bulloch County, Georgia Quick Start, Georgia EMC and the Georgia Ports Authority.
 
“Being a part of the No. 1 business climate in the nation means access to a skilled workforce, a collaborative group of state and local partners, a well-connected infrastructure and a high quality of life,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We continue to attract top-tier prospects, like Aspen Aerogels, because of this unique combination, and we look forward to working with them to build upon their existing success in the thermal management industry.”
 
Aspen Aerogels
Aspen Aerogels is an energy technology company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation used primarily in large-scale energy infrastructure facilities. Headquartered in Northborough, Mass., Aspen Aerogels manufactures its Cryogel®, Pyrogel® and Spaceloft® products at its East Providence, R.I. facility. For more information, visit www.aerogel.com.
 
 
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jtalaber@georgia.gov
 
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abriscoe@georgia.gov

 

 

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The Ogeechee Technical College Student Veterans Association (OTCSVA) recently mailed its first shipment of books, auto books, and DVDs to military members overseas. The club has continued to accept contributions for an additional shipment. Each box contains a letter from the OTCSVA to the recipient. Pictured, (left) students work to fill boxes, while (right) OTC Career Services Coordinator, Larry Bowen, moves a stack of boxes ready for shipment.

 

 

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The Ogeechee Technical College RAD Tech Club and the American Red Cross recently partnered to hold a blood drive at the College. The drive yielded 32 whole blood pints, 48 registered donors, and 96 life-saving blood products.  Nancy Martin, Senior Donor Recruitment Account Manager, Southern Blood Services Region with the Red Cross said, “A lot of hard work went into preparing for this drive and the RAD Tech Student Club worked diligently to make it as successful as possible. The students’ willingness to commit time to this effort is truly appreciated by the blood recipients, their loved ones and all of us here at Red Cross. The drive was very organized and the students did an excellent job volunteering.” 


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Shown from left to right: Dr. Charlene Lamar and Cabo, Jeannie McCorkle and Ella, and Jennifer Witherington and Gypsie.


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BY Al Hackle ahackle@statesboroherald.com
   
About 120 business and professional people from across the state, the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015 and their guests, visited Statesboro and Bulloch County last weekend to see how a community grows in new directions while maintaining a traditional economic base in agriculture.

Well, that, and they obviously came to have fun, too. Storming onto the field at Paulson Stadium through the Georgia Southern University Eagles' tunnel was part of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015's introduction to Statesboro Thursday afternoon. Grouped by their, red, blue, yellow and green Leadership Georgia T-shirts, members were greeted as flag football teams by Georgia Southern cheerleaders, band members and athletics staff. Later, class members capped their first evening here with an outdoor dinner at the GSU Wildlife Education Center, home of literal eagles and other birds of prey.

Many of the participants have previously graduated from local leadership programs comparable to the Statesboro-Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Bulloch, said Gretchen Corbin, chair of Leadership Georgia Board.

"Obviously they are emerging leaders, they are between the ages of 25 and 45, generally, and they come from all over the state of Georgia," she said. "Many of those individuals have gone through their local leadership programs, if there are local leadership programs in their communities. Some communities in Georgia don't have them, so some people come to us organically."

Founded in 1971, the Leadership Georgia program is operated by an independent foundation affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. A new Leadership Georgia class is chosen each year, and each year members visit five Georgia cities on five weekends through the year. This year 63 participants were chosen, and each then gets to bring along her or his spouse or significant other.

Members "crisscross the state to see the resources and the assets of different communities with the thought process that those participants have the ability to take what they learn back to their home community and put it to work for a greater state," Corbin said.

For each city visited, the program has a different theme. In January, Leadership Georgia visited Brasstown Valley with "Emerge" as the theme. In March, a visit to Thomasville brought the watchword, "Promote," in May at Jekyll Island, the verb was "Expand." For Statesboro it's "Grow," and the theme of November's concluding experience in Atlanta will be "Advance."

Overall, the motto for the year is "Georgia on the rise."

"But the mission of the organization is the same every year, and that is to create a network of leaders and emerging leaders throughout our state to help advance economic development opportunities throughout our state," said 2015 Leadership Georgia President Vann Parrott.

Each president usually goes on to chair the board. Corbin was last year's president. She, Parrott and other leaders are all volunteers, but the organization has two paid staff members. Program chairs are volunteers chosen as couples to plan the weekends.

"Grow" was given a twofold meaning, said Mollie Cohen, half the program chair couple for September. She and her husband and co-chair, Eric, are from Whigham in southwestern Georgia.

"We're focusing tonight on the growth of Statesboro and the growth of Georgia Southern, and tomorrow we'll have ag day, seeing Bulloch County," Mollie Cohen said Thursday outside the Ted Smith Family Football Center.

The planned tour for Friday, she noted, included visits to Hunter Cattle Co., Charlie and Lee Cromley's farming operations and Southeast Bulloch High School. The group then returned to the university to see its Garden of the Coastal Plain botanical gardens Friday night, where Ogeechee Technical College culinary students would be providing dinner, Cohen said.

Saturday brought a downtown experience, including the Main Street Farmers Market and other downtown Statesboro attractions. Participants who stayed for the full day wound up back at Paulson Stadium where they saw the Eagles overmatch the Citadel 48-13.

"Having the opportunity to tell the story of Statesboro and Bulloch County to a hand-selected group of the most influential people across the states of Georgia is gold for our area," said Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau President Darin Van Tassell.

"I am convinced that the Leadership Georgia Class of 2015 returned to their businesses and organizations and are telling their colleagues how their pre-conceived notions of Statesboro as small, rural town did not match with the far more cosmopolitan and energetic city that they experienced," he said.

Group leaders said they found Statesboro very welcoming, and appreciated the efforts, time and resources of local Leadership Georgia alumni and many others who helped make the visit possible.



By JULIE LAVENDER Herald Writer
           
Tenth graders across Bulloch County recently dealt with some heavy issues: teen pregnancies, drug overdoses, sexually transmitted diseases, drinking parties and jail time. Though they were just simulated experiences, the Bulloch County Alcohol and Drug Council hopes the message was received loud and clear.

Statesboro High School was the most recent school to offer the Teen Maze — a unique, interactive learning exercise that allows students to experience realistic situations in a practical, safe environment. Southeast Bulloch and Portal High Schools held the Teen Mazes the previous week.

In order to proceed through the maze, students must make decisions based on their original "choice," a card they randomly draw at the Experience 1 table. The card gives the students a scenario — anything from underage drinking or drug use to teen pregnancy to an STD — and tells them where to proceed next.

Through the interactive simulation, the kids experience the consequences of poor decision-making with real-life examples.

The ultimate challenge is to get through the maze and graduate high school. Students whose scenarios eventually send them to the graduation table receive a slice of cake, a bullhorn blown in their honor and applause from the volunteers — the many community professionals, college students and older high school students volunteer their time for the yearly event. A group from the Statesboro Police Department also puts in volunteer time each year.

"We couldn't do this without our wonderful volunteers," said Renee Perry, counselor at the Transitions Learning Center and one of the coordinators of the event.

Each group that goes through the maze starts the experience in a simulated underage drinking and drug party. With loud music and lights flashing and a pretend game of beer pong, volunteers "encourage" the students to drink and do drugs.

Unbeknownst to the students, shortly after the pretend party begins, Statesboro Police Officers raid the party and "arrest" the underage drinkers.

"The officers may arrest all of the students with red cups," Perry said. "Word gets around to other classes, 'Don't get the red cup,' so we change it up throughout the day."

Those arrested students are taken to a fenced in area, a "jail cell," and officers talk with the kids about underage drinking. Those not arrested and, eventually, the kids released from jail start at the first experience table for their scenario.

Officer Jennifer Strosnider said she enjoys taking part in this activity and visiting schools.

"It helps (for) your face to be out there, for the kids to see us in this kind of setting — helps them to be comfortable talking with us when they need us," she said.

One scenario sent students to the Substance Abuse Treatment table, where they spoke with three young men who are currently in a men's yearlong halfway house program. One man in his early 20s told the kids, "When I was your age, it was really hard to comprehend that I could ever get to this point."

The 18-year-old at the table said, "I started doing drugs when I was 13. I never thought that I would have to leave high school to get into a treatment program."

Some students' scenarios sent them to the hospital table, where Bulloch County EMS Nikki Evans volunteers. She sits in a wheelchair, for effect, and hands kids cards that might say, "You were texting and driving and ejected from the car. You're paralyzed from the waist down." Or, "You were sober and hit by a drunk driver." Or, "You overdosed at a pharm party. Proceed to the funeral home."

For Evans, these scenarios are real-life experiences she's dealt with as a paramedic.

"You'd be surprised how many people these kinds of things really happen to," she said. "I tell the kids, 'This isn't just a time you get to take a break from class. This is real life.' "

If one of Evans' cards sends the student to the funeral home table, the student writes his own eulogy right next to an actual coffin.

Some students stop by the community service table and speak with Mr. Tucker from the Department of Juvenile Justice. Those students don vests and pick up trash before they can move on.

At the pregnancy center, the students wear an "empathy belly" to simulate a pregnancy and students from Ogeechee Tech describe in detail the three trimesters of a pregnancy. From there, the student heads to the parenting center and is given a doll to carry around for the remainder of the maze — including to the graduation table, if their card sends them that way.

"We always remind them they can still graduate with the choices they make," Perry said. "Even if you make a mistake you can still graduate; it's just harder."

Denise Roberts, who works at Ogeechee Tech and served cake at the grad table, added, "When you make the right decisions, it's always easier."

Cheri Wagner, who has worked in an emergency room for over 20 years, assisted kids at the Exit Interview table.

"We try to be realistic with the kids," Wagner said. "We share through our life experiences or jobs what can happen. I've seen high school drug addicts and STD kids come through the ER. … The 80s saying of 'just say no' isn't as effective as it was then. The Teen Maze shows real life choices and consequences."

One student, Cody, didn't get the treat of cake and a bullhorn. He was jailed for underage drinking, jailed again for littering and spent time doing community service trash pick-up before dying of an overdose of Xanax.

Though he chuckled slightly at picking up trash with his buddies, Cody became serious at his final card, saying, "I didn't know you could die from taking two pills." He wrote on his eulogy that he would never get to try skydiving.

Javier's experience was slightly different, but he didn't make it to graduation either. In referring to his scenario, he said, "I smoked Spice and went to the hospital to get my stomach pumped. I was given a second chance at a treatment center, but I went back to drugs. Then to jail. And that's where it ends for me."

Joyce Stubbs, Director of Bulloch County Alcohol and Drug Council who financially sponsors the Teen Maze each year, hopes the students take home the powerful message of making good choices — in high school and beyond.


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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker, Lorie Banks, R.N., from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Banks, an Immunizations Specialist, gave the students an overview of immunization schedules for children and adults. She also introduced students to the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS) system which tracks immunizations for all Georgians.

 

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Students from the Radiologic Technology Program at Ogeechee Technical College were recently featured on the GE Healthcare website for their participation in the Step Back Challenge. Step Back urges radiographers to take a single step back to reduce their radiation exposure by approximately 80 percent.

 

 

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Ogeechee Technical College is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $19,650.00 from the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.

The grant, which runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, will help finance driver’s education in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties by providing classes with thirty hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel experience with a trained instructor.

“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers and we are committed to providing students with the education and experience needed to avoid tragedy” said GDEC chairman Harris Blackwood. “This grant will help Ogeechee Technical College equip young drivers in its three county service delivery area to be safer when they get behind the wheel” continued Blackwood.

“We are excited to partner with the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission to provide this invaluable training to the young drivers of our communities,” stated Lori Durden, Vice President for Economic Development at Ogeechee Technical College.  “This grant provides us with additional resources to reach more teens and hopefully produce safer drivers.”

For more information about the driver’s education program at Ogeechee Technical College, contact Mandy Broadwell by email, phone 912-871-1138, or visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/driversed.



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Ogeechee Technical College will hold its annual “Ghostly Gathering” on Tuesday, October 27th, from 5:00-7:00pm.
The festive evening will feature a 40 x 40 inflatable Haunted X-Treme Laser Tag Black Light game with a Chaos obstacle course, carnival games, food, candy and prizes, hay ride, and the annual costume contest.  

The costume contest will be held for all ages. Categories will include Most Creative, Scariest, and Cutest. First place winners in each category and age division will receive a $20.00 Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber gift check. Registration for the contest will be held at the event prior to contest times.

Times are as follows:

5:15 p.m. - Ages (0-3)
5:45 p.m. - Ages (4-7)
6:00 p.m. - Ages (8-12)
6:15 p.m. - Ages (13-17)
6:15 p.m. - Ages (18 & up)

* The event is open to Ogeechee Tech students, faculty and staff, and their families. One current OTC ID will be required per household. 

 

 

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Ogeechee Technical College recognized several employees for their commitment to the College by presenting them with Faithful Service Awards at the October State of the College Meeting.


Those that were recognized include:

5 Years

Alex Harris, Laura Saunders, Rodney Smith, Marcia White, and Rebecca Williams

10 Years

Shenavian Holloway, Allen McDaniel, Shane Todd, and Billie Walker

15 Years

Chyrle Collins, Jeff Davis, Michelle McCranie, Steve Miller, Vanessa Pearsall, Brandy Taylor, and Melba Williams

20 Years

Eyvonne Hart, Penny Hendrix, and Tonya Mercer-McMillan

25 Years

Buddy Sapp and Michelle Stubbs

   

 

 

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Three Ogeechee Technical College faculty members were recently presented The President’s Academic Innovation Award. This award is given to recognize faculty members who have developed, modified, or incorporated an innovative idea in an attempt to improve student learning outcomes or program effectiveness. Each winner is awarded a medal, which may be worn during the annual commencement ceremony, and also a cash prize.

This year’s winners are:

Tony Pisacano, Culinary Arts Instructor, for his Culinary Arts eBook.
Alex Harris, Business Management Instructor, for his Business Management Performance Improvement YouTube Discussion Project.
Marilyn Turner, Medical Assisting Instructor, for incorporating a Study Board into lab sessions.



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Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro was the location for the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation’s annual J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament. Twenty teams participated in the tournament which is held to raise funds to provide literacy training, General Education Development (GED) preparation classes, and GED scholarships for the College’s Adult Education programs in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties.

Numerous representatives of local businesses and other organizations enjoyed an afternoon of golf while contributing to this worthwhile cause. Ogeechee Technical College employees, Ogeechee Technical College Foundation staff and trustees, and others volunteered their time to make the event a success.
 
 

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Ogeechee Technical College Culinary Arts Graduate, Joel Chue, Chef’s Assistant at Hardware Pizza in Lyons, Georgia, was part of a recent segment on WSAV’s show, Eat it and Like it with Jesse Blanco. Eat it and Like it, currently in its fourth season, is a show about the south and southern cuisine. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=748&v=Q2gX6f7wXv4 to view the episode.


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Denise Hardy and Lisha Linnear of Pineland Mental Health recently spoke to the Medical Assisting students at Ogeechee Technical College. The speakers explained the services Pineland offers and how to recognize and respond to those with mental illness. Hardy shared her story of depression and recovery, and Linnear spoke about the Impact program for local teens with mental illness. After the presentation, students were given an opportunity to ask questions and were provided contact information for the services offered at Pineland.

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The Opticinary Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a Lions Lighthouse Clinic. Instructor Deborah Deloach reported that eleven patients were served from Bulloch, Toombs, and Effingham counties. Dr. Krystal Pusser, an Optometrist with the Georgia Eye Clinic and member of the Statesboro Lions Club, performed the exams, while senior and freshman students did pre-testing and glasses fittings. The clinic, in conjunction with The Georgia Lighthouse and the Statesboro Lions Club, is offered each semester.

 

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The Radiologic Technology Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently received training on a new piece of equipment which is funded by the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation. Mario Ferrante, an OEC Clinical Imaging Specialist with GE Healthcare, facilitated training on the program’s OEC Brivo C-Arm. Ferrante covered the instrumentation and operation for the unit, which is a smaller version of what students will interact with in the surgical suites of hospitals and other medical facilities.

Farrante also discussed the operation of Ogeechee Tech’s new Oakworks Medical/Surgical table that will be used to mimic the operating room environment. According to program instructor, Matt Dunn, “This table has multiple levels of motion and position which allow students to manipulate a mannequin ‘patient’ for a variety of simulated procedures.”  During the training, Different operating scenarios were replicated to allow students the opportunity to operate the equipment, giving them hands-on training to be used later in real operating rooms. In addition, students were shown various ways to lower radiation exposure by being aware of the amount of radiation in specific areas surrounding the equipment.

GE’s Brilliant Program, which is their radiation protection and awareness program, has implemented a new campaign,called Step Back, which urges radiographers to take a single step back to reduce their radiation exposure by approximately 80 percent.

Ogeechee Tech’s Radiologic Technology Program will be featured on GE’s website for being part of the Step Back Challenge.
 

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The Culinary Arts Program at Ogeechee Technical College has announced its annual Fall semester culinary luncheons. As part of this series, senior students in the program are required to create a “restaurant”, including a theme, menu, and presentation, based on their aspirations as chefs or restaurateurs. A panel of judges then chooses the top four candidates from all student submissions, and those students whose projects were chosen see their project come to life. Each student’s “restaurant” is created in Ogeechee Tech’s Occupational Studies Building Conference Center, complete with appropriate décor, menus, and actual preparations of cuisine for OTC employees, students, and the public to enjoy. 

Each Thursday in October, one of the four winning students will be featured, beginning with Cuisine of India on October 8, 2015, in the Occupational Studies Building. Spaces are limited and seating begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $12.00 per person. Please contact Chefs Bryan Richard or Tony Pisacano at 912.688.6029 for reservations.

 

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Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) will hold a Fall Open House on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 8:30am-12:00 noon. Ryan Foley, OTC’s Vice President for Student Affairs, said, “Open House is a great way to gather information about the wide variety of resources available to students at Ogeechee Technical College.”

According to Foley, there will be many activities taking place during Open House. “Prospective students and parents will receive information about academic programs, student life, and the admissions process. They may take a campus tour, interact with program faculty, and attend information sessions designed to help ease the transition to Ogeechee Tech,” said Foley.  Attendees will be able to learn about the enrollment process by attending an admissions information session. At a Financial Aid information session, they will learn about types of aid available and how to apply. The College’s library will be open for guests to visit, and Cattails Café will be open for those who want to have lunch while on campus. Inflatable activities will be available for kids.

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Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University will hold a joint career/networking fair at the Russell Student at Georgia Southern University on Monday, October 12, 2015, from 11:00am-2:00pm. Students and alumni from medical and other related programs are encouraged to attend.  For faster entry, current students should bring a valid student ID. All others should be verified by Career Services at the check-in table.

 

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

Dr. Dawn Cartee, President of Ogeechee Tech, welcomed those in attendance, provided words of encouragement to the students, and thanks to benefactors who were present. The meal for the evening was prepared by students in the College’s Culinary Arts program and was served by Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism students.  “It is great that an event like this can not only recognize student achievement, but it can also serve as a learning experience for other students,” said Cartee.  “This banquet is a very realistic live-work activity for our Culinary and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism students.” 

Dr. Darin Van Tassell, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia Southern University and owner of the Clubhouse in Statesboro, was the keynote speaker for the evening.  Delivering an inspiring speech, Van Tassell charged the students to not just make a living, but to make a life. “We all want to do well, but if you don’t do good, well will never be enough,” he told the students.

Closing remarks were given by Dr. Steve Healy, President of the Foundation. He expressed his congratulations to the students and thanked the benefactors for their generosity.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS AND THEIR BENEFACTORS INCLUDE:

Kate Denning, Jennifer Henley, and Kristy Kearson - Auxiliary of East Georgia Regional Medical Center Scholarship
Sierra Goforth - Best Friends Veterinary Technology Scholarship
Sheila Butler, Simmie Driggers, Noemi Reyes, and Kasey Sarver - Charlie Joe Mathews Memorial Scholarship
Stephanie Lohr and David Reyes - David Russell Memorial
Jeffery Morris - Gateway Veterinary Technology
Jacqueline Anderson, Cynthia Cross, Lauren Hadden, Savannah LeClair, Bailey Watson, and Coral Williams - Hospital Authority of Bulloch County
Raquel Riffas - Kiwanis Club of Statesboro
Lindsey Deaton and Samantha Rewis - Lynn Taylor Memorial
Kristian Hayman - Moore Claxon/Evans County
Richard Cannon and James Roddenberry - Non-Traditional
Ashley Banks, Beverly Barber, Gloria Bolton, Takiesha Brown, Samantha Carter, Joel Chue, Dominique Hines, Rebecca Isenhour, and Kelly Tiller - Ogeechee Technical College Foundation
Tiffany Mosley and Shelby Siefken - Past President’s
Austin Garrett - Philip Stewart Memorial Culinary Arts
Danielle Anderson and Jada Thomas - Planters EMC Operation Round-Up
Amber Wells - Robert T. Cox Agribusiness
Susan Smith - Rotary of Downtown Statesboro
Jamie Deloach-Conley - Statesboro Rotary Club
Christian Hadaway - Veterans Scholarship


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The Adult Education Program at Ogeechee Technical College will offer a free General Education Development (GED®) Practice Test at the Bulloch County Workforce Development Center on Thursday, September 24th. This will allow students to preview the content that is part of the newly designed GED test. Dr. Paul Mizell, Dean of Adult Education, said free exams will be offered at the other two campuses in Screven and Evans Counties on October 1. The Adult Education Program at Ogeechee Tech is specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. For more information about testing or GED classes, call the Center at 912.871.1712.

 

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Students, parents learn how to 'Move On When Ready'

Schools and colleges in Bulloch County are taking steps to inform parents of two new Georgia laws that give high school students more opportunities than ever before to complete as much as two years of college - free of tuition and most fees - while in high school.

About 50 students and 100 parents attended the first of two countywide information meetings. It was held after school hours Sept. 3. The second session is scheduled for 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, also in the Statesboro High School Auditorium.

"We want to make parents and students aware of the changes for dual enrollment and the options that Move On When Ready provides for students," said Monica Lanier, the Bulloch County Schools assistant superintendent for organizational effectiveness. "We encourage any parents that were not able to be there on the third to try to attend the Sept. 17 session."

The Move On When Ready Act of 2015, passed as Senate Bill 132, consolidates Georgia's previous dual enrollment programs. These included Accel, which paid high school students' tuition for approved college and university academic courses, and the dual enrollment HOPE Grant, often used at technical colleges.

The new MOWR Act also replaces an older law of the same name that allowed 11th- and 12th-graders to apply credits from certain college courses to high school graduation requirements.
"All of that is combined into one program now with one set of guidelines so that it's less confusing for parents and students and counselors and everybody involved," Lanier said.
 
Less high school

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 2, which also took effect July 1, allows students to earn a high school diploma with fewer than half the usually required high school courses, if they meanwhile achieve one of three college milestones. These options include earning an associate degree, a technical diploma or two approved technical college certificates in one career path. Students taking the technical diploma or certificate paths must also complete the training requirements for any certification or license required to work in their field.

Completing one of these options reduces a student's required high school courses to two each in English, math, science and social studies plus one course in health and physical education. Students must also pass any required End of Course Tests.

Dual-enrolled students who complete fewer college classes than needed for a two-year degree will still earn both high school and college credits for the specific courses.

"Students are going to receive credit in both places for taking that one course," said Teresa Phillips, the school system's College, Technical and Agricultural Education director, "and it doesn't matter if that course is taught during the high school day or outside of the day."

Dual credits can be earned for college courses provided at the high schools, as well as for courses on a college or university campus. Students can earn high school credits through college evening classes, approved online classes, and, for the first time, summer courses.

Unlike the old MOWR, which was limited to high school juniors and seniors, the new program is available to students beginning in ninth grade, if they meet college admissions requirements.
Erin Ragland, 15 and in 10th grade at Statesboro High, is already dual enrolled, taking one class with Ogeechee Technical College. But she wants to go to medical school and possibly become a surgeon, and is now considering Georgia Southern University for more early credits.

"We're trying to get some of the core classes done while she's still in high school to save a lot of money," said her father, Harry Ragland. "I think she's smart enough and mature enough that I don't have any issues."
 
More for free

The revamped program, with added state funding, also pays any generally required fees, in addition to full tuition. These fees often total several hundred dollars per semester and are not covered by a HOPE Grant or Scholarship after students have graduated from high school.

Dual-enrolled students will still have to pay any course-specific fees, such as for a uniform for a nursing course. But participating colleges and universities are now required to provide textbooks free to enrolled high school students. Students will return the books when they finish the class, Phillips explained.

"While you are in high school, if you can bank college credit ... you need to take advantage of that, because it is not going to be free when you graduate, even with a HOPE Scholarship," said OTC Dean of Students Jan Moore.

The Georgia Student Finance Commission is assigned to award the funding and monitor its use.

As was already true of Accel and the dual-enrolled HOPE Grant, MOWR credit hours will not count against a student's eligibility for HOPE after graduating high school.

Representatives of Georgia Southern, Ogeechee Tech and East Georgia State College took part in the parent meeting. Dual enrollment has increased on all three campuses, they said.
 
Not all are ready

To participate, students must first meet the college or university's admission requirements. These include minimum scores, which vary by institution, on the SAT, the ACT, or in some cases, the Compass test. Georgia Southern and East Georgia also require a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade-point average in high school academic courses.

But some teenagers who win admission may not be ready for college, counselors are cautioning parents.

"You need to look at the whole picture and you need to look at your student," said Tiffany Weathers, a Statesboro High School counselor. "We have students here that are so smart, but they don't have the motivation. They test well."

A high school student who is disorganized, a perfectionist, easily overwhelmed, unassertive, unwilling to ask for help, or a procrastinator probably isn't ready to dual-enroll, suggested a slide in the presentation.

"It's a great opportunity, but it's only a great opportunity if it's right for you," Moore added.

Both the student and a parent are expected to talk with the student's high school counselor before deciding. A program application, required each semester, must be signed by a parent and a counselor.

Another 15-year-old SHS 10th-grader, Thomas Bruner, is interested in math and robotics and thinks he might transfer to Georgia Tech after a couple of years at Georgia Southern. Looking into starting spring semester, he accompanied his mother, Marla Bruner, to the meeting.

"He likes the challenge, and so I'm looking forward to him having some more rigor, I guess, and having the opportunity to get into college a little bit early and get his feet wet before leaving home," she said. "So that's advantageous, as well as the cost savings. The fact that it doesn't cut off any of your HOPE grant is really exciting."

One of several paths to more info is www.gafutures.org.

Article provided by Statesboro Herald

 

 

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Pictured above are computer/IT technicians from Georgia Southern University who recently earned their industry standard CompTIA A+ (PC Hardware and Software) as well as the CompTIA Network+ certificate at Ogeechee Technical College. The program was taught by the Computer Networking faculty at Ogeechee Tech. CompTIA is the leading provider of IT certifications in the world, and is well recognized as the world’s front-runner in this capacity.  

The Computer Networking program at Ogeechee Technical College specializes in hands-on training and certification preparation, helping staff and/or students receive the training and certifications they need to be successful in today’s highly competitive workforce.  Terry Hand, CIS Instructor at Ogeechee Tech said, “Certifications today are used as a true indicator of a potential employee’s knowledge and skill-level. In many cases, companies state that a CompTIA certification is mandatory before accepting an application, and training such as this helps students acquire the knowledge and skills to find employment and be successful in their future career."

 

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Cattails Cafe, the newly opened restaurant located at Ogeechee Technical College, participated in "Taste of Downtown" recently. The annual event was hosted by Wells Fargo Advisors, and was part of F1rst Friday, a monthly event held by the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority. John Witherington, Director for Dining Services at Ogeechee Tech, and Cattails employee Stephan Williams, presented some of the cafe's signature culinary delights, including a Sriracha Pimento Cheese BLT. Restaurants partnered with various downtown businesses and organizations for the event. Cattails was stationed at the Averitt Center for the Arts. 

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Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Director, Jim Mitchell, left, is pictured with Reidsville Police Chief, Dianne Sharp. Mitchell presented Sharp with a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding support of the Academy. The Reidsville Police Department recently donated a retired Ford Crown Victoria that will be used for training students in defensive and pursuit driving techniques.

 

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Lindsey Hall, right, is pictured with Instructor Ryron Gracie.

Lindsey Hall, Ogeechee Technical College Law Enforcement Academy Administrative Secretary, has successfully completed the rigorous Gracie Jiu Jitsu Survival Tactics Instructor Course at Ft. Benning, GA. The demanding, week-long course is a highly specialized program for special operations military and law enforcement professionals and was sponsored by the LaGrange Police Department. The course was taught by world renowned, 4th Degree Black Belt Instructor Ryron Gracie, grandson of the inventor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Helio Gracie.
The Gracie Survival Tactics School provides techniques designed to be used by the "average" officer or special operations soldier against those who are larger and stronger.  Students worked from early morning into evening hours each day to perfect the techniques taught in the course and, in order to pass the course, were required to teach those techniques on the final day of class with zero errors in both technique and teaching methodology.

Hall is one of only four female defensive tactics instructors in Georgia to successfully complete the course. According to Academy Director Jim Mitchell, who attended the course last year, the techniques and teaching methodology presented in the course have been part of Ogeechee Tech's Law Enforcement Academy curriculum since last year. The Gracie concepts complement the existing Krav Maga curriculum which has been in place since 2009. For information on the Law Enforcement Academy at Ogeechee Technical College, visit www.ogeecheetech.edu/lea, or call (912) 739-5367.

 

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Recent renovations to Ogeechee Technical College’s (OTC) Joseph E. Kennedy Building were designed to make serving students easier and more efficient.  Through the years, as the College grew, space demands for student services increased.  Departments utilized existing offices, and in some cases modifications were made to facilities by the College’s maintenance personnel to accommodate increased demands for space. Offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar, in addition to Student Support Services, were not conveniently located to facilitate efficient service of students’ needs.  With recent improvements to the Kennedy Building, dedicated suites of offices house each department within Student Affairs.  “We wanted to create a central hub for services to allow students to come to one location to receive any assistance they may need from Student Affairs. In addition to students saving time because of close proximities of services, we are able to better use staff resources and streamline services,” said Dr. Ryan Foley, OTC’s Vice President for Student Affairs.  “Students may now enter directly into a Student Affairs lobby where someone is waiting to provide information and direct them to the area of need for that particular visit.”

The Joseph E. Kennedy Building is the oldest on the Ogeechee Tech campus, but with the recent renovations to the Student Affairs area, “the renovated areas really bear no resemblance to what was here before,” Foley said.  “Our goal was to make students’ experiences with Student Affairs as seamless and convenient as possible, and the renovated facilities certainly help in that regard.”

In addition to renovated office suites, another notable improvement to the Kennedy Building is the new Cattails Café.  Located just off the main lobby in the Kennedy Building, the Café offers a variety of fresh food choices, such as sandwiches, pizzas, salads, smoothies, and more.  Managed by former OTC Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management Instructor, John Witherington, the Café has already proved to be popular gathering place for students and employees.  Freshly prepared food, however, is but one benefit of the Café.  Cattails has become an on-campus lab for Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management students who are able to gain experience, both with “back of the house” kitchen work, and “front of the house” work serving customers.
Cattails provides a relaxed atmosphere for students and employees to visit with classmates or colleagues, to enjoy some good food, and to take a break from the stress of impending projects or tests.  The Café overlooks a water feature and fountain area in the center of campus, a beautiful, calming, natural area—which of course, has cattails growing, thus the name of the Café.  Cattails offers a Coca Cola Freestyle machine, frozen yogurt, and open-flame ‘brick oven’ pizza, according to Witherington.  “We wanted to create a pleasant ambience, in addition to offering really good food,” said Witherington. “If the first couple of weeks of operation are any indication, we did what we set out to do.  The response has been fantastic!”

“Whether providing a more convenient location for students to meet with financial aid specialists or counselors, or providing a great place to eat lunch without having to leave campus, our goal was to improve the students’ experience here, and I think we have succeeded,” said Dr. Dawn Cartee, OTC president. 
Limited food service options were available on campus from the College’s bookstore prior to the opening of Cattails, and packaged foods and snacks will continue to be available in the bookstore, but the convenience of the Café means that students have time for a meal when in the past they would have been pressed for time trying to drive into town between classes said Foley.  “We always want to be student centered, and this particular renovation of facilities has done more to make a positive impact on campus life than anything in recent memory,” Foley stated.

“College can be stressful, and often navigating the enrollment process can be challenging for those who have not done it before.  We hope the ‘one stop shop’ that we have created helps facilitate a smoother transition into college life,” said Cartee.  “After all, achieving success in college, and moving into a fruitful career, all begins with being admitted.”   

Prior to her death in November 2014, Lynda Brannen Williamson envisioned a foundation charged with the mission of providing servant leadership training and mentoring to young, professional women in this area. Lynda’s dream became a reality with the recent announcement of the members of the first class of the Lynda B. Williamson Women’s Leadership Academy sponsored by the Lynda Brannen Williamson Foundation. Sixteen young women from Bulloch, Candler, and Screven Counties have been chosen to take part in the inaugural class.
  
The class members are: Amy Anderson of Georgia Power Company, Catherine Ball from Ogeechee Technical College, Reagan Dailey with Morris Multimedia, Jennifer Douglas with Ag South, Nicki Guarino with State Farm, Christina Larson with Dabbs, Hickman, Hill, and Cannon, Jenna Lawson with Sea Island Bank, and Christa Mallard with Mal-Ad Promotions.  Additionally, America Minc with Georgia Southern University, Hannah Mullins with Candler County Development Authority, Ava Purcell of Georgia Southern University, Jamie Riggs with the Candler County Chamber of Commerce, Sally Scott of Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, Cicely Sikes with Georgia Power Company, Kelly Spence with Bulloch County Board of Education, and Ty White with Ogeechee Technical College.
 
Members of the class will attend sessions over a nine month period on a variety of topics, including career and professional development, legislative procedures and functions, and fostering relationships.  The group’s first class will be a two day retreat at the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia in Athens. Lynda B. Williamson Foundation president, Lisa Lee, stated, “Lynda’s legacy to these young women is to offer them opportunities to be all that they can be professionally and personally.  The long-term impact on our communities is that leaders will develop who will bring positive change to our society.”
 
Lee further stated, “I think Lynda said it best in this quote, ‘I think it is so important to give young women guidance, mentorship, and a path by which to maximize their potential for all the right reasons, in all the right ways’.” 

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Employers can earn up to $100,000 in tax credits with new state program


ATLANTA—Georgia employers can now take advantage of new tax credits when they support employees’ successful completion of a General Educational Development (GED®) test. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) will work with businesses in the state to promote the participation and success of employee GED® attainment.  

“Nearly 18 percent of Georgia’s adult population has less than a high school education,” said Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “Thanks to this unique opportunity passed by the Georgia General Assembly, we are one step closer to fulfilling Gov. Deal’s goal of full literacy in Georgia, while preparing Georgia businesses to compete in a global economy.”

Employers can take advantage of the tax credit in either of two ways. An employer can earn a tax credit of $1,200 per employee if that worker is compensated, at his/her normal rate of pay, for completing a 40-hour class and passing the GED® Test. The class must be a Basic Skills Education class approved by the Technical College System of Georgia, and can either be part of an existing program or a unique program established by the employer. In both cases, a minimum of 40 hours of instruction is required. 

A second option would award a $400 tax credit to an employer when a worker takes and passes a GED® Test paid for by that employer.

An employee can be included in only one of the tax credit categories, not both. An employer can earn tax credits of up to $100,000 per year for supporting employees in their achievement of a GED®.

“We want every adult employee in Georgia to acquire the necessary basic skills to be successful their workplace,” said TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Adult Education Beverly Smith. “In doing so, we make Georgia’s businesses stronger, which in turn, makes Georgia stronger.”

TCSG’s Office of Adult Education can assist employers by answering questions about class types and other class considerations, as well as estimating tax credit benefits. More information is available at 404-679-1641.

Locally, Ogeechee Technical College serves Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties with GED and literacy training through Adult Education programs in each county.  Telephone numbers for the three centers are: Bulloch, 912.871.1721; Evans, 912.739.2959; and Screven, 912.564.7326.

About the Technical College System of Georgia
The 23 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. Visit www.tcsg.edu for more information.

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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.  The Statesboro Area Red Cross reported that the drive surpassed its goal, yielding 42 registered donors, 37 productive units, four of which were double red cells, according to  Laura Chambers, OTC English instructor, Sigma Alpha Pi Advisor, and Blood Drive coordinator.

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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Ogeechee Technical College will participate in two information meetings this month to be held by the Bulloch County School System. These sessions will address Georgia’s new dual enrollment program, Move on When Ready (MOWR), on September 3, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and September 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Both sessions will be held in the Statesboro High School auditorium, but are open to students from any high school in the Bulloch County system, as well as their parents or guardians. 

MOWR is now available to students in 9th-12th grades and allows them to earn both high school and college credits for courses.  All tuition costs, mandatory fees, and books are covered through state appropriations.  Students have the opportunity to complete an associate’s degree, technical diploma, or technical certificate from a technical college, or an associate’s degree or credits toward a degree at a state college or university.  Staff from Ogeechee Technical College, Georgia Southern University, and East Georgia State College will be on hand to provide specific information about their institution’s role in MOWR.

For information about Move on When Ready at Ogeechee Tech, contact High School Coordinator, Nadia Vining, at 912.871.8522, or by email at nvining@ogeecheetech.edu.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation will hold its annual J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament for Adult Literacy on October 2, 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.
Anyone interested in having a team in the tournament or being a sponsor should contact Jennifer Cornwell at (912) 688-6098 or by email at jcornwell@ogeecheetech.edu.


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The Radiologic Technology Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently took delivery of a state-of-the-art OEC Brivo Plus mobile imaging device.  Also known as a C-arm, the equipment, which is leased through GE Healthcare, delivers quick, quality imaging to radiologic professionals.  Its automated features can improve productivity by targeting moving and hard-to-see objects, therefore decreasing the learning curve by new users, requiring fewer retakes, and requiring less patient movement. The C-arm is not only compact, making it easier to guide in and out of rooms, but also provides real-time digital image rotation to both live and saved images, and includes a 100,000 image storage capacity, according to Jan Martin, Radiologic Technology Program Director at Ogeechee Tech.
The C-arm is funded by the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation. The Foundation secures and administers monetary donations, grants, and other funds to support the College in its mission, and providing the latest equipment on which to train students is a major part of that function, according to Barry Turner, Vice President for College Advancement.  “It is important that students have the latest technology to enhance their education, and the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation is committed to providing that support with funds benefactors of the Foundation so generously provide,” said Turner.
While the Radiologic Technology program has long had other stationary imaging equipment on which to train students, this is the first mobile device provided for use in the program.  “This is one way we can ensure that our students are even better prepared to enter the workforce,” stated Martin.  Ogeechee Technical College president, Dr. Dawn Cartee, expressed her excitement at receiving the new equipment.  “We always want to make sure that our students are well prepared when they enter the job market, and having equipment such as this C-arm is one way we can do that.  We know that having this new equipment would not be possible without the support of our Foundation and all the individuals and businesses that support the Foundation each year,” Cartee stated.  
In a case of coming full circle, Jarvis Jordan, a 2000 graduate of the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Tech, now works for GE Healthcare, and will travel to campus to train the College’s instructors on the new machine.  Jordan is a Clinical Navigation Specialist with GE Healthcare.  “Our students find success near and far, and this is a great example of that,” said Cartee.  

 

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Ogeechee Technical College recently announced the implementation of FlexEd. In addition to Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, the College will now offer general education courses in accelerated ‘minimesters’. These 10 week courses will cover the same content as a regular semester and provide the same credit hours in a fast-tracked format. Registration for Fall FlexEd is now available with classes running September 21-December 7. Many of the courses will be online. Some of the courses that will be offered include: Culinary Arts, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Business Administrative Tech, Business Management, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Systems.

FledEd 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 ogeecheetech.edu/flex


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The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) at Ogeechee Technical College is pleased to announce the addition of Mike DeLeon as Lead Instructor. DeLeon is a former U.S. Army Special Operations soldier who served in the Global War on Terror with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He participated in numerous special operations combat missions in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

DeLeon has been certified as a peace officer in Georgia for several years and is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. He was Police Officer of the Year in 2014 for the Bloomingdale Police Department and holds many Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training certifications, including instructor certifications and the Drug Recognition Expert certification, an accomplishment earned by fewer than 300 in Georgia.  According to Jim Mitchell, Director of the Ogeechee Tech LEA, "Mr. DeLeon is a fantastic addition to the LEA team. He brings both a fresh perspective and a wide range of skills which are sure to compliment the Academy and ensure continued success. “ DeLeon is currently completing a Master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

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Faculty, staff, and students at Ogeechee Technical College can now enjoy a new eatery at the College. Cattails Café, operated by John Witherington, Director for Dining Services, debuted on the first day of Fall Semester.  The café overlooks the landscaped fountain area which features cattails, the inspiration behind the name. The fountain was originally built by students in the Fish and Wildlife Management program, and is still maintained as part of the aquatics portion of the program’s curriculum. The open kitchen allows patrons to enjoy the sights and sounds of the normally behind-the-scene-operations of a restaurant.  The Café will offer breakfast items, including smoothies and coffee specialty drinks, and a lunch menu that includes a variety of sandwiches, pizzas, fired from the restaurant’s brick-pizza oven, hamburgers, and frozen yogurt. It also boasts a freestyle Coke machine, giving seemingly endless drink combinations. There is seating for 68 in the dining area, and additional seating is available on the patio. In addition to having professional staff, Cattails Café, will also employ students from the Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism programs.

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Parker’s Markets offers a Fueling the Community program which allows patrons of Parker’s to designate a school to which contributions may be made by the company.  By signing up for the Parker’s PumpPal card, selecting the school of your choice, and purchasing gasoline on the first Wednesday of each month, one cent for every gallon of gas purchased will be donated to the selected school.  Ogeechee Technical College is now part of the list of schools participating in the program.  “This program is a perfect way for supporters of Ogeechee Technical College to make an even greater impact by having a portion of what they will spend on gasoline anyway earmarked to support the College,” said OTC president, Dr. Dawn Cartee. 

By adding Ogeechee Tech to the list of Fueling the Community participants, Parker’s allows employees of the College, current students, alumni, and community supporters to offer an additional level of support that can add up to a substantial contribution.  “Any support we receive is appreciated, and will be put to good use assisting students,” said Barry Turner, OTC’s Vice President for College Advancement.  “If everyone who signs up with Ogeechee Tech as their school of choice will plan gas purchases for the first Wednesday of each month, the contributions can really become significant.”  

According to Parker’s website, OTC’s school code for Fueling the Community is 9290.  Any contributions designated for OTC will go to the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc.  Parker’s website is http://parkersav.com/ .  Parker’s Markets CEO, Greg Parker, is known throughout the area as a philanthropist and supporter of education.  “Greg Parker and Parker’s Markets are certainly great community partners, and we appreciate all that they do to help Ogeechee Tech and the other schools in our area,” stated Cartee.

“This is a wonderful way for supporters of Ogeechee Tech to step up their level of giving,” said Turner.  “We have so many great businesses who support the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, and we are grateful for each of them.”   


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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony for 14 students completing the Dental Assisting Program.  Dean John Groover offered welcoming remarks and Dr. Thomas E. Marshall, a dentist with Dr. McGibony and Associates in Statesboro, was the guest speaker. Program Director, Yvonne Jenkins, individually recognized each student as they received their pin, and also presented Expanded Function Certificates.

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The Medical Assisting Program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro.  Dean John Groover provided opening remarks. Fourteen students were individually recognized for their achievements by Program Director, Marilyn Turner, and instructors Michelle McCranie and Brigitte Bazemore.  A reception immediately followed.

The Medical Assisting Program prepares students for employment in today’s medical offices. The program provides opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the areas of medical assisting. Graduates of the program receive a Medical Assisting diploma and are required to sit for the national AAMA certification examination.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Echocardiography Class of 2015 recently celebrated with faculty, family, and friends at a pinning ceremony held in the Health Science North Building on the main campus of the College.  Dean John Groover welcomed the nine students, along with their family, and friends to the ceremony. Former Ogeechee Tech instructor, Jane Stanley, was the speaker for the event. Program Director, Tina Welch, and Clinical Director, Capre Mitchell, presented awards to celebrate the students’ academic excellence and completion of certification examinations recognizing them as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers.

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Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning ceremony for nine students completing the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program. Dean John Groover welcomed the students, along with their family, and friends to the ceremony, which was held in the Health Science North building on the main campus of the College. Former Ogeechee Tech instructor, Jane Stanley, was the speaker for the event. Program Director, Tina Welch, and Clinical Director, Capre Mitchell, presented achievement awards to celebrate the students’ academic excellence and completion of certification examinations recognizing them as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

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The Ogeechee Technical College Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter recently inducted five new members. Students, family, friends, and several college employees gathered at RJ’s Grill on July 21 to celebrate the hard work each of the students put forth in enhancing their leadership skills. Ty White and Laura Chambers, Advisors of Sigma Alpha Pi, commended the students on their dedication to become members.   The inductees (pictured top from left to right) were Felicia Johnson, Terry Lamonte, Ashley Myers, Sondra Roberts, and Sarah Shadrick.

In addition to the student inductees, several faculty and staff were awarded and acknowledged for their work and support of Sigma Alpha Pi.  Honored faculty and staff (pictured bottom from left to right) included Kelli Waters, Frank Killebrew, Jeff Taylor, Marilyn Turner, and Beckie Snyder.

About Sigma Alpha Pi

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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The Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Technical College recently held a pinning at the Averitt Center for the Arts.  Eight 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: Rachel Anderson, Sara Blackmon-Hughes, Megan Buckles, Kelsey Burrows, Felicia Denson-Wells, Connie Doepker, Amanda Skinner-Bacon, and Mary Tolliver. 
The Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Tech is dedicated to preparing qualified graduates of the program to become theoretically, clinically, ethically, 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/practical-nursing-program



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An articulation agreement signed Thursday between Ogeechee Technical College and Georgia Southern University will make the path to earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern an even more uniform process.

OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee and interim GSU President Dr. Jean Bartels signed the agreement that allows the transfer of credit to Georgia Southern in certain courses taken by students in Ogeechee Tech’s Basic Mechatronics Specialist certificate, Manufacturing Operations Specialist certificate and the pending Manufacturing Technology associate degree program.

“These articulation agreements provide more opportunities for students,” Cartee said. “Whether they’re starting in high school; whether they’re starting at the technical level; or for those who are interested into going straight into the baccalaureate degree. The whole purpose for this in general is to make things seamless, so there’s no duplication as far as time or money.”

Beginning with the fall semester that starts later this month, Ogeechee Tech will offer the Basic Mechatronics Specialist certificate and Manufacturing Operations Specialist certificate, which will prepare students for “work-ready” entry level positions in manufacturing. 

Also, beginning Monday, 15 Statesboro High School students will start earning the engineering-related Basic Mechatronics certificate in courses taught by Ogeechee Technical College faculty on the high school campus. An articulation agreement between OTC and the Bulloch school system was signed in April setting up the course being offered at Statesboro High.
The students will be dual-enrolled, receiving both high school and college credit. The certificate could stand on its own for high school graduates going right to work, or it will fit into an associate degree program at Ogeechee Tech.

For students who want to go further, the associate degree program, following Thursday’s completed articulation agreement, now can plug directly into Georgia Southern's new bachelor's degree program in Manufacturing Engineering.

“The focus of education has shifted from thinking about students starting over with a lot of duplication and problems,” Bartels said. “Here at Georgia Southern, and most of the institutions in our system, we have developed an understanding that we have to be looking for ways to help students achieve what their ultimate goals are. We are looking at allowing students to achieve those goals in a much simpler and less complex way.”
In advance of Thursday’s signing, representatives from Ogeechee Tech and Georgia Southern held several meetings to align the curriculum for specific courses to keep students from having to repeat classes in which they already were successful.

“Our governor (Nathan Deal), our ultimate boss, has made it perfectly clear that through the Complete College Georgia program that we have been charged to educate and train students without duplication,” Cartee said.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 39 percent of students who transfer to another institution lose all of their credits. Dr. Charlene Lamar, OTC’s executive vice president for Academic Affairs said the articulation agreement spells out a clear path for students who want to transfer from Ogeechee Tech to Georgia Southern, with the potential of 90 percent of transferring students having acceptable credits.

Back in June, Ogeechee Tech and Georgia Southern signed an agreement to allow students who complete an associate degree in logistics at OTC to progress to GSU’s bachelor’s degree program in the same major.

The articulation agreements became possible one year ago when Ogeechee Tech achieved Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation.

“These articulation agreements have become extremely important for us in all areas of study, but especially ones where we have students who have careers that are hands on, performance kind of degrees, and giving them an opportunity to exceed beyond their dreams,” Bartels said.

Cartee said she expects to add more transfer credits to the Manufacturing Engineering agreement and “there will likely be other articulation agreements developed (between Ogeechee Tech and Georgia Southern) in the future.”


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The Opticianry program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a speaker from the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA). Rachel Behdadnia, FCLSA, is a contact lens fitter for Eye Consultants of Atlanta. Behadadnia spoke to the students about sclera or hard contacts. Scleral contacts are large-diameter contacts and can be used by patients who cannot normally wear standard gas permeable contacts due to irregularities of the cornea.

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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Melissa Gray, a graduate of the Practical Nursing program at Ogeechee Technical College, was recently featured by WAFB news in Louisiana, for her efforts in saving the life of a motorcyclist who was left for dead along the highway.

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Jim Mitchell has been appointed Director of the Law Enforcement Academy at Ogeechee Technical College. Jim graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and holds multiple P.O.S.T. certifications including advanced policing, firearms, defensive tactics, SWAT, field training, and health and wellness. He served the country for almost 20 years in various roles including defending, training, and leading behind enemy lines, and protected State officials stateside. He has also served local communities for more than 12 years by patrolling, protecting, investigating, training, supervising, mentoring, and leading other officers and students.

For the last five years, Jim has served as OTC’s Lead Instructor for the Law Enforcement Academy. He worked diligently to gain the respect of Georgia’s Public Safety community and is well-known in Georgia as an effective trainer, producing police officers who are “more thoroughly trained than veterans on the force“. He was responsible for developing curriculum and a physical training program which exceeded the standards for training law enforcement officers. Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs said, "Jim’s hard work, tenacity and years of knowledge and experience in public safety has contributed greatly to the College's remarkable success."

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Ogeechee Technical College recently unveiled its new I AM OTC campaign, which highlights students and graduates from a variety of careers and walks of life, and illustrates that you really can “Go Anywhere From Here.”
Students will appear on billboards, print ads, and social media. Below is a Q and A with the first student featured in the campaign.

Meet Bryan Realiza. We had so much fun with Bryan on his shoot. The Averitt Center for the Arts seemed like the perfect backdrop for Bryan because he’s so involved in the arts and he calls Statesboro home!

Tell us about your education and your program of study at Ogeechee Tech.


I came to OTC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University. I enrolled in the Echocardiography program and graduated in 2012.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I coach the Georgia Southern University Dance Team and help plan Safe Haven's Dancing With The Statesboro Stars. I love dogs! I have a 6 year old greyhound who is a retired racer and his favorite activity is going to the Statesboro Farmer's Market!

What are you currently doing and what are your dreams for the future?

Since graduating from OTC, I have completed an MBA in Healthcare Administration and am currently studying for the MCAT to apply for medical school.  My long term goal is to become a doctor and practice in Statesboro.

What makes you OTC?

OTC opened my eyes. It made me realize that you can always change your career path. You don't have to be stuck in a field that you don't enjoy and you don't necessarily have to obtain a four year degree to have a successful career. During my bachelor’s degree, I took for granted how "easy" things were. As an OTC student, I realized that many of my classmates already had full-time jobs (in addition to class) and many were parents. It was inspiring seeing their hard work and determination. Being part of an institution like OTC transforms you and puts you on a path for great things. I hope everyone can experience that!


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The Opticianry program at Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted a clinic in conjunction with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse and the Statesboro Lion’s Club.  Deborah Deloach, instructor for the program, reported that nine exams were administered and seven pairs of glasses were fitted.  Dr. Krystal Pusser, an Optometrist with the Georgia Eye Institute and member of the Statesboro Lions Club, performed the exams. Lighthouse services include: full eye exams, eyeglasses, eye surgeries, digital hearing aids, and vision and hearing screenings. The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation provides more than 11,000 services to more than 7,000 people each year. These clinics are by appointment only. Interested individuals can contact the Georgia Lighthouse or the Statesboro Lions Club for an application.


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Ogeechee Technical College Academic Advisor Molly Bickerton (pictured right) and students Caroline Bailey (pictured with Molly) and Joel Chue (right) attended the 2015 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Caroline, an Echocardiography student, competed in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio, while Joel, a student enrolled in Culinary Arts and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management programs, competed in Restaurant Services. More than 16,000 people were in attendance and 6,000 career and technical education students were competitors at the conference.

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Pictured above is Ogeechee Technical College
High School Coordinator, Nadia Vining

Ogeechee Technical College’s Student Affairs Division recently partnered with the American Red Cross of Southeast and Coastal Georgia to hold a blood drive on the main campus of the College. The Statesboro Area Red Cross reported that the event included 26 registered donors, 4 deferrals, and 28 productive units collected.

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Tonya Mercer-McMillan was recognized for completing the Technical College System of Georgia Administrative Services Executive Academy in May.  Tonya was presented with a certificate of completion for demonstrating professional education and commitment to their profession by Technical College System of Georgia by Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, and TCSG Assistant Commissioner Lisa Eason at the Vice Presidents of Administrative Services meeting in Macon. 

The TCSG Administrative Services Executive Academy was established in 2013 to provide college business officers training in four 8-hour sessions that encompasses all the areas involved in the Administrative Services departments of the Technical Colleges. Such training topics included financial accounting and budgeting management, Peoplesoft accounting software, human resources, various reports to state and national offices, insurance, and business office functions, etc. “This is very important internal training for our upper level accounting staffs,” said TCSG Assistant Commissioner Lisa Eason. Only 20 individuals were recognized for completing the Executive Academy in 2015.

Congratulations Tonya!

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After nine months in business, Salon Cheveux & Spa, at 25 N. Main St. across from the courthouse, has racked up both a Brick Award for Most Improved Interior and a Best in The Boro award as "Best Spa/Salon."

"We've been grateful, and I'm really surprised myself with this team that we have here," said Jason Youngblood, partner and master cosmetologist, "and every time I turn around, people from downtown Statesboro are popping in, showing the place off, giving us compliments and recommendations. That's not really anything that we've asked for, just things that have come our way."

Youngblood and longtime friend Tim Broxton are equal owners in the salon, but Broxton's day job is as a manager at the local Verizon store. They opened the salon Oct. 1.


Improved interior


The Downtown Statesboro Development Authority presented its Brick Awards to several businesses and organizations earlier this month. Although the awards are given annually, Most Improved Interior isn't always one of them.
     
This corner location in one of downtown's historic storefront blocks was a Subway restaurant years ago and more recently a florist's shop. Youngblood and Broxton are leasing it.
       
For five weeks before opening the salon, they and other members of the salon's nascent staff were joined by friends and relatives who helped renovate and decorate. Youngblood discovered that beginning business owners can get a lot of done this way if they treat volunteers to lunch, supper and words of thanks. In some cases he also traded services, such as hair appointments.
       
"We worked hard for that month and a week," he said. "It just about beat me, I'm not going to lie. But it's very rewarding to have done the work yourself and see your vision come into being."
       
The improvised crew tore out layers of wallboard, wallpaper and plaster to reveal the brick walls. They built some new interior walls and painted the salon's backdrop teal, an accent color that now carries through from the stylists' dressers to the cushions in the front seating area.
       
They also painted those dressers, which were bought used in various places. Since the backdrop wall has been covered over with rustic boards, the teal only peeks through and isn't overpowering. The owners obtained half the salvaged wood from a Clito resident who had it from an old barn or similar building. The thinner slats came from a house that was torn down in Statesboro, Youngblood said.
       
So the salon interior exhibits raw wood in the back, exposed brick on the sides and a corner of glass admitting sunlight up front.
       
Some of the ideas were Youngblood's and some Broxton's, Youngblood said. His friend and customer Sonya Johnson, a retired teacher from Twin City, helped a lot with the design and purchasing materials, Youngblood said.
Professionals from Whitfield Signs provided the logos and signs.
       
"Modern chic, maybe," Youngblood said when asked what theme he was after. "I didn't want it to be too modern. I didn't want it to be too antiquey. I wanted it to kind of be a nice blend."

Downtown involvement

Although the Brick Awards are given different category names, participation in improving downtown is the common element, said Allen Muldrew, Downtown Statesboro Development Authority executive director.
Salon Cheveux & Spa requested no financial incentives or other formal assistance from the DSDA.
       
But the Salon Cheveux team regularly appears at downtown events such as First Fridays, the Mainstreet Farmer's Market and the recent Staycation promotional "representing our business, being seen and heard and passing out business cards and just being part of the community," Youngblood said.
       
The DSDA, meanwhile, has repeatedly shown the salon as an example of what can be done downtown, Muldrew confirmed.
       
"And that's what so great about it," he said. "We didn't have to tell them to do something creative. They came in on their own, which is really what you want. You want people to have a passion for their own business and their own interior look, their own exterior look, and take ownership in it, and that is what we really loved about them."


Services & people      

Youngblood and stylist/colorist Melissa Bunn obtained their cosmetology diplomas at Ogeechee Technical College.         That's also where Youngblood's cousin Tori Fields, who works part-time at the front desk now, is taking cosmetology classes. Fields is slated to join Salon Cheveux as a stylist after graduating in December, Youngblood said.
       
After graduating from OTC in 2009, Youngblood worked briefly at the since-closed Exotic Tanning & Hair and then for almost four years at Salon Bella Vita on North College Street before starting work on his shop last year.
       
"Salon Cheveux" is simply French for "hair salon." The salon offers a range of styling services for women and men and haircuts for children.
       
"Spa" is part of the name largely because of services provided by Cristen Brinson, a licensed massage therapist. She does three forms of massage: Swedish, Rossiter and myofascial. Brinson also performs the skin-care procedure known as a sugar scrub.
       
The shop has Tuesday through Saturday hours. "We strive to make it something different, that Statesboro hasn't had," said Broxton. That, he said, applies to both the shop's design and its services.
       
Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.

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The Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recently sponsored Health Career Camp 2015 for current 9th-12th graders who are interested in careers in the medical field. The students, along with camp coordinators, Mary Kate Pung and Rachel Kirkland, visited the campus of Ogeechee Technical College and participated in hands-on learning in the Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technology, Radiologic Technology, Sonography, and the Emergency Medical Technician programs. Ogeechee Tech faculty and students demonstrated program specific activities and answered questions.

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Officials signed an agreement Tuesday that would allow students who complete an associate degree in logistics at Ogeechee Technical College to progress to Georgia Southern University’s bachelor’s degree program in the same major.

The articulation agreement is designed to minimize lost credits or duplicated courses for OTC graduates who choose to turn their two-year degree into the first half of GSU’s four-year degree. Direct links of this kind became possible one year ago when Ogeechee Tech achieved Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation.

Meanwhile, Ogeechee Tech is also working with the Bulloch County school system to expand the technical certificate programs available to students still enrolled in the high schools. In April, an agreement was announced for an OTC Basic Mechatronics certificate at Statesboro High that students can carry onto the associate degree track at the OTC campus. That two-year program, in turn, is intended link up with Georgia Southern’s new Manufacturing Engineering bachelor's degree program.

Something similar is being planned for Logistics Management, said Ogeechee Technical College President Dawn Cartee.

“When they finish that certificate in the high school they can move those credits into our degree and then from the associate degree into the bachelor’s degree,” she said. “That’s the ultimate goal.”

Cartee and Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel signed the agreement in Keel’s conference room. OTC Executive Vice President Charlene Lamar and GSU Provost and Vice President Jean Bartels also signed.
 
Parallel courses

The agreement includes parallel lists of courses for Ogeechee Tech’s Associate of Science program in Logistics Management and the first part of Georgia Southern’s Bachelor of Business Administration program called Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.

Currently, Ogeechee Tech offers the general core classes, which would already transfer. But it will restart its Logistics Management degree because the program, which was created but had no students, was put on hold during the accreditation process, Cartee said.

The program remained on hold while Tuesday’s agreement was worked out.

There is no timeline yet for arrival of the first OTC program graduates at Georgia Southern, she said. Lamar and Cartee said the certificate program should be available at the high school in fall 2016.

The certificate also will be offered at the OTC campus so students can begin there before choosing whether to pursue a diploma or degree program, Cartee said.

Meanwhile, Ogeechee Tech will put instructors in place and promote the program.

“We’ll get faculty out recruiting industry. It’s just about getting the word out,” Cartee said.
 
Logistics jobs

Logistics means managing how goods and material move from place to place. People with logistics degrees work in management in trucking, ocean shipping and other fields.

With about 11,000 providers of logistics services, Georgia ranks fifth among the states in overall logistics employment, according to Georgia Department of Economic Development numbers supplied by Barry Turner, Ogeechee Tech’s vice president for college advancement.

Delta Airlines, United Parcel Service, SAIA and Manhattan Associates are among the logistics-related companies headquartered in Georgia. The Department of Economic Development also refers to the Savannah’s port as the fastest growing in the nation. It is already the fourth-largest container port in the country, and is credited with 7 percent of Georgia’s total employment.

Assistant Professor Ben Skipper, who teaches logistics at Georgia Southern, and Associate Professor Jerry Burke, who chairs the university’s Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, noted some of these same statistics. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, well known as one of the world’s busiest airports for passenger traffic, is also the 30th largest for cargo, Skipper noted. Railways and interstate highways, he said, help make Georgia a very good place to do logistics.

“Our students get jobs with all the major trucking companies, with Gulfstream, the Georgia ports and all over the state of Georgia,” Burke said.

“Any business that moves or either receives or sends an item needs logistics,” Skipper said.

Keel, interviewed later when he signed another agreement, with the nonprofit Ocean Exchange for a grant competition for student innovators, said both agreements highlighted the importance of cooperation.

“The logistics agreement we signed today is a perfect example of how we’re collaborating with another fantastic institution in the community to try to provide seamless opportunities for students,” he said.

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Achieving the Dream Reform Network Continues to Grow with Addition of Ogeechee Technical College
[Statesboro, Georgia ] (June 23, 2015) – Ogeechee Technical College is one of 16 community and technical colleges selected, this year, into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. Faculty, staff, and administrators from Ogeechee Technical College will participate in the 2015 Achieving the Dream Kickoff Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. 
Ogeechee Tech President, Dr. Dawn H. Cartee said, “Student achievement and success are of vital importance to Ogeechee Technical College.  Achieving the Dream will help the College develop an even stronger focus on serving students in the most efficient manner possible.”
“We are delighted to welcome Ogeechee Technical College into the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network and congratulate them for taking this next step in operationalizing their commitment to improving student outcomes,” said Achieving the Dream Vice President for Community College Relations Cindy Lenhart.
At the 2015 Kickoff Institute June 23 – June 25, Ogeechee Tech will work in teams with coaches to increase its data analytic capacity to inform decision-making; understand how guided pathways can improve the student experience; identify opportunities to improve teaching and learning; and understand equity challenges on campus.  
Ogeechee Technical College is joining a network of over 200 colleges that are working to preserve access and assure that their students, especially low-income students and students of color, achieve their goals for academic success, personal growth, and economic opportunity.
“To become an Achieving the Dream College, applicants must demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to spend at least three years working with Achieving the Dream experts to  implement reforms designed to improve student success and completion rates on their campuses. Such a huge commitment to fundamentally rethink educational and student support is unusual and should be applauded because their work will result in a much larger, better educated, and productive workforce,” said Achieving the Dream President and CEO William E. Trueheart.
Introducing the 2015 Cohort Colleges:
 
•    Bergen Community College (N.J.)
•    Big Bend Community College (Wash.)
•    Blue Ridge Community College (N.C.)
•    Coastal Pines Technical College (Ga.)
•    Cuyamaca College - Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (Calif.)
•    Grossmont College - Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (Calif.)
•    Jackson State Community College (Tenn.)
•    Lakeshore Technical College (Wis.)
•    MiraCosta College (Calif.)
•    Modesto Junior College (Calif.)
•    Ogeechee Technical College (Ga.)
•    Onondaga Community College (SUNY) (N.Y.)
•    Roane State Community College (Tenn.)
•    Ventura College (Calif.)
•    Westchester Community College (SUNY) (N.Y.)
•    Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (Ga.)

Ogeechee Technical College 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.

Achieving the Dream, Inc. is a national nonprofit leading the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform network for student success in higher education history. The Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, including over 200 institutions, more than 100 coaches and advisors, and 15 state policy teams - working throughout 35 states and the District of Columbia - helps more than  4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

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Radiologic ClassShown above is Ogeechee Technical College’s Radiologic Technology Class of 2015. Instructors Jan Martin and Matt Dunn recently announced a 100% pass rate on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Certification Exam. The ARRT is the world’s largest credentialing organization whose mission is to ensure high quality patient care in medical imaging.
Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “This is another successful year for our teachers and students! Hats off to Jan and Matt for all they do on a regular basis to ensure our graduates are the best of the best!”

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Waltrip ArticleOgeechee Technical College Funeral Service Education graduate and 2014 State Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, Luke Teague, wrote the following article about Robert L. Waltrip, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Service Corporation International (SCI), for the June edition of Southern Calls magazine. SCI is the largest conglomerate of funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematories in the world. Luke said, “We traveled to Houston to complete the interview. It was truly an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Congratulations, Luke!

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Gubernatorial mission increases international educational opportunities

Atlanta, Ga.—College students in Georgia and Brazil will soon be able to take advantage of additional reciprocal educational and training opportunities, thanks to an agreement between the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and São Paulo’s technical education system, Centro Paula Souza (CPS). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today in Brazil by TCSG

Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and CPS Director Laura Laganá during an economic development mission led by Gov. Nathan Deal.
“International companies in Georgia look to our technical colleges every day to provide the skilled workforce they need to stay competitive,” said Commissioner Corbin. “This agreement with São Paulo’s technical system is not only key to expanding TCSG’s global outreach, it is an outstanding educational opportunity for students in both Georgia and Brazil. It encourages joint educational and economic development activities, exchange of staff and students and the exchange of visiting scholars to conduct research and professional development.”

“TCSG and CPS Colleges of Technology, through this partnership, have a myriad of opportunities for mutual cooperation on the field of professional higher education, which will effectively contribute to the development of both states,” said CPS Director Laura Laganá.
The MOU provides a formal pathway for TCSG and CPS students to engage in internships, language training, short-term cultural exchange trips for staff members and students, joint student projects and traditional semester exchanges. In addition, the agreement facilitates increased cooperation between the educational agencies and local and regional chambers of commerce, municipal and provincial or state governmental agencies, hospitals, local and regional businesses, and manufacturing and industrial enterprises. These cross-border educational opportunities will benefit students and faculty and provide world-class workforce training and management development for industries and other organizations, both in Georgia and in São Paulo. The MOU will be administered in Georgia by TCSG’s International Center for Technical Education, which collaborates with countries and colleges to develop and improve their technical workforce through higher education partnerships and the sharing of people, programs and best practices. The office works closely with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the University System of Georgia, and TCSG’s own Quick Start customized workforce training program. Georgia has had representation in Brazil for more than two decades. More than 12,000 Georgians are employed by 40 Brazilian-owned businesses. Gov. Deal is leading a delegation of state and local business leaders on an economic development mission in Brazil to establish
new business relationships, strengthen existing ties and promote Georgia as an excellent tourism destination and quality source for products and services. The Georgia delegation represents some of Georgia’s greatest economic development assets in business, education, tourism, trade and workforce.

About Centro Paula Souza:

CPS is an agency of the State of São Paulo, linked to the Department of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation. The agency manages 218 state technical high schools and 64 Colleges of Technology, which serve over 283,000 students in middle-level technical courses and technology majors.
About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 23 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers, serving more than 140,000 students each year and providing customized training for regional, national and international businesses and industries. 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.

Contact: Alison Tyrer
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Ogeechee Technical College’s SkillsUSA Team will attend the 51st annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26, 2015. The event is a showcase of career and technical education students and boasts an attendance of more than 16,000 people, including students, teachers, and business partners.
Ogeechee Technical College Academic Advisor Molly Bickerton and students, Caroline Bailey and Joel Chue, will attend the conference.  Caroline and Joel will compete among more than 6,000 career and technical education students.  Caroline, a student in the Echocardiography program, will compete in Health Occupations Professional Portfolio, where students will be evaluated on their development of a professional portfolio and ability to present themselves to an employer using effective communication skills.  Joel Chue, a student enrolled Culinary Arts and the Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management program, will compete in Restaurant Services, where contestants are evaluated on preparation for employment and professionalism in food and beverage hospitality service.
The Opening Ceremony will kick-off the conference event.  Caterpillar Inc. and Snap-on Incorporated are the ceremony’s co-sponsors, with Snap-on’s CEO, Nick Pinchuk, as the keynote speaker.   SkillsUSA University will host educational seminars, available to all participants Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  The SkillsUSA Championships will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, where students will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. The week will close with the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Friday evening, sponsored by Lowe’s Companies Inc.

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Tyler BurgnerR. Tyler Burgner, M.D., received Ogeechee Technical College’s first Distinguished Alumni award, presented during the third Annual Alumni/Grad Reception, held recently in the Walnut Room at Chops on Main. Upon graduating from the Radiologic Technology program at Ogeechee Technical College, Dr. Burgner went on to earn his BS in Radiologic Sciences from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2005, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He completed his pre-medical courses at Georgia Southern University and went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in 2014. Dr. Burgner is now a Resident Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

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FitLife LogoKaren Ryles, a certified athletic trainer and personal trainer, recently conducted a strength training workshop on the campus of Ogeechee Technical College. The workshop was offered as part of FIT LIFE, a program implemented in 2013 to encourage Ogeechee Tech faculty and staff to participate in healthy behaviors.  Ryles provided tips and exercises that can be done at home and also explained the benefits of lean and strong muscles.  Ryles is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently the athletic trainer at Claxton High School.

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Molly Bickerton of Statesboro will deliver the keynote address to Coastal Pines Technical College graduates at the upcoming commencement Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. The public is invited.

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 has been an enthusiastic, champion 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. 

As an academic advisor, Molly makes a positive impact on the lives of numerous students each day and plays a vital part in their educational success. She also continues to advocate for technical education by accepting speaking engagements and participating in the Go Back Move Ahead campaign, a program that encourages former students to return to college and complete their preferred program of choice.

“Molly is one of the most exceptional individuals I know,” states Teresa Allen, vice president for institutional effectiveness at Coastal Pines Technical College. “I was privileged to get to know her when she attended Ogeechee Technical College.”

More than 700 CPTC students have earned a credential from Coastal Pines and are eligible for graduation. CPTC president Dr. Glenn Deibert, CPTC board members, trustees, faculty, and staff invite the public to join them in recognizing graduates for their achievements. Family and friends of graduates are encouraged to arrive early. Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Ogeechee Technical College Medical Assisting students volunteered at the Community Soup Kitchen at First United Methodist Church in Statesboro on Saturday, June 6.  Accompanied by instructor, Marilyn Turner, the students prepared and served meals for several 225 individuals.  Many of those receiving meals came to First United Methodist Church to enjoy their meal or to pick it up, while some elderly and shut-in recipients had meals delivered.
The Medical Assisting students had the opportunity to visit with those who came to the church for their meal.  “This is always a gratifying experience for our students.  Not only do they provide meals, but they have the chance to talk with attendees.  This becomes a learning experience for the students as they gain skills in meeting the needs of others,” said Turner. Sara Melford, who directs the Soup Kitchen, thanked the Ogeechee Tech representatives for their work.  “I would like to thank Marilyn and her students for being good, solid workers.  They were a huge help.”  In addition, Melford asked that others consider volunteering at the Soup Kitchen.  Anyone who would like to help may call Statesboro First United Methodist Church for information.  Ogeechee Tech employees or students may contact Marilyn Turner.  According to Turner, in August there will be a chance to contribute school supplies to be distributed at the Soup Kitchen.  Those who want to donate school supplies may drop off items at First United Methodist Church or with Turner at Ogeechee Tech.

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Chelsea Brown, an Ogeechee Technical College student in cosmetology who has graduated, works with a customer in this file photo provided by the college. OTC enrolls about 130 students a year as cosmetology students. Of these, 40 at a time take classes in cosmetology toward the program diploma.
Rep. Jan Tankersley introduced a bill that will become law July 1 to streamline how barbers and cosmetologists are regulated in Georgia.
House Bill 314 merges the Georgia State Board of Barbers with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology, which regulates cosmetologists who may work as manicurists and provide skin care services, in addition to styling hair. Until now, these boards have had separate rules and procedures, but both were hosted by the Secretary of State's Office.
"This bill is an excellent example of the type of government efficiency our constituents elected us to carry out," Tankersley said in a press release. "It streamlines the licensing process, improves the board's functionality and uses state resources more effectively. Not only are we saving taxpayer dollars, but we are saving their time, which proves to be an even more valuable asset."
With two different boards and rules, delays sometimes occurred in handling complaints or citations, she explained in an interview.
"That merged board can appoint subcommittees to meet in a more timely manner, and it's also going to streamline the licensing process," Tankersley said.
In 2013 she served on a House study committee that looked at unifying the two boards. Members of the boards themselves then worked out the details, the Brooklet Republican said.
Both boards voted in December to request the legislation necessary for a merger.
After the bill passed with only three nays in the House and none in the Senate, Gov. Nathan Deal signed it May 12.
The same standards
One effect of the merger should be a shared set of sanitation and equipment sterilization standards for cosmetologists and barbers, said Jeff Shaver, lead cosmetology instructor at Ogeechee Technical College.
"It's going to hold us to the same standards. ...," Shaver told the Statesboro Herald. "It should be a great thing for both cosmetology and barbering." Sanitation and sterilization are important considerations in businesses where, he said, a goal is to "protect the public at all costs."
But the common standards will not mean that cosmetology and barbering themselves are merging into a single industry, Shaver observed.
One obvious difference is that barbers learn their trade in barbering schools; cosmetologists graduate from cosmetology schools or programs such as Ogeechee Tech's.
Cosmetologists have a broader purview, receiving education to work with hair, skin and nails. But barbers tend to focus more on precise hair-cutting skills with clippers, Shaver said, while cosmetologists do more with chemical products and strive for artistry with sheers and razors.
He noted that many women go to barbers - "they love the detail of the haircut with the barber" - just as many men now frequent salons operated by cosmetologists.
"So it doesn't make us the same," Shaver said. "It just helps us to fall under the same standards for sterilization, sanitation and trying to get both of us to work together for the greater good of the industries."
The Georgia Secretary of State's Office website lists 42 boards and advisory groups that the agency hosts for the regulation of professions or business endeavors. These range from accountancy to water and wastewater treatment and from optometry to electrical contractors.
So House Bill 314 will reduce that count to 41 by creating a Board of Cosmetology and Barbers.
The Board of Cosmetology met 24 times and the Board of Barbers eight times in 2014, as counted from the meeting minutes available on the office's website, http://sos.ga.gov.
Each board had an executive director. But the merger will not result in a staff reduction, since each full-time executive director works with multiple boards, said Jared Thomas, press secretary to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. It should allow the same number of staff members to be more effective, Thomas said.
Kemp attended the governor's signing of the bill, as did other staff members, Tankersley, and Cosmetology Board Chairperson Theresa Kay Kendrick and Barber Board Chairperson David Jones.
Kemp was quoted in the press release thanking Tankersley "for her tremendous work and leadership as she successfully guided House Bill 314 through the General Assembly" and onto the governor's desk.
"The merger of the Barber and Cosmetology Boards will save hundreds of staff hours and help these professionals get into the workforce faster," Kemp said. "Because of her hard work, the people of Georgia have a new law that provides for a better and more efficient Georgia government."
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The 2015 Outstanding OTC Alumni who were honored recently include, front/left to right: Cally D’Angelo, Jeniffer Johnston, Molly Bickerton, and Dr. Tyler Burgner; back/left to right: Jennifer McMullen, Amy Roberson, Laura Chambers, Stuart Gregory, and Elliot Lee.  Not pictured are Alvie Coes, III and Luke Teague.

The Alumni Association of Ogeechee Technical College recently held its third Annual Alumni/Grad Reception on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Walnut Room at Chops on Main. All fall and spring graduates who participated in the commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21 and all registered alumni were invited to attend the event. Awards were presented to the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award winners. The Top 10 in 10 awards were presented to Molly Bickerton, Laura Chambers, Alvie Coes III, Cally D’Angelo, Stuart Gregory, Jeniffer Johnston, Elliot Lee, Jennifer McMullen, Amy Roberson, and Luke Teague. The Distinguished Alumni award was presented to R. Tyler Burgner, M.D.  Dr. Burgner is currently doing his residency at Memorial Health in Savannah.  In recognition of his award, Dr. Burgner was recognized on stage during the 2015 commencement ceremony.  This is the inaugural year of the Ogeechee Technical College Outstanding Alumni Awards.


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Ogeechee Tech Computer Information Systems instructor, Donny Collins, is shown explaining his program to a Statesboro High student.

Faculty and staff from Ogeechee Technical College recently participated in Statesboro High School’s (SHS) STEM Day 2015. SHS invited businesses, industries, and postsecondary institutions to provide workforce information to students. Ogeechee Tech’s faculty focused on the importance of high school math and science classes, and how the classes prepare students for additional education after graduation, or even while still in high school.  Ogeechee Tech faculty from Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Computer Information Systems, Pharmacy Technology, and Veterinary Technology provided interactive displays and were on-hand to discuss education and career options with students.  

Dr. Charlene Lamar, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at OTC, stated, “This was a great opportunity to share with students the importance of STEM classes to maximize career options which require that knowledge and skill set.  Having face-to-face interaction with our instructors offered the high school students an advantage in helping determine their education and career paths.”


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Ogeechee Technical College recently hosted “Go Back. Move Ahead” Day. Less than 45 percent of Georgia’s workforce is prepared to meet the demands of its employers, creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates above and beyond current graduation rates in order remain economically competitive. The state of Georgia developed this campaign to offer more flexible course options, easier ways to transfer earned credits, additional online courses, and personal academic advisers to meet the unique needs to adult learners. Ogeechee Tech staff members from the Admissions and Registrar’s offices, as well as Financial Aid, were available to answer questions and assisted in the registration process. Savannah radio station, 97.3, was on-site as well for a live broadcast.

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Book AuthorAuthor Maya Van Wagenen recently visited Ogeechee Technical College during National Library Week. She spoke to students about her book, Popular, the importance of writing, and conducted a question and answer session. Maya is 16 years old.  When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas.  The convergence of her awkward adolescence, culture shock, and the violent drug war in this colorful border town inspired Maya to begin a unique social experiment.  She spent her eighth grade year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell, to see the effect it would have on her social standing.  The results were painful, funny and profound, and included a wonderful and unexpected surprise—befriending and meeting Betty herself. 

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Ogeechee Technical College handed out more than 1,000 degrees, diplomas, certificates and GED diplomas to more than 350 students during its commencement Thursday at Hanner Fieldhouse on Georgia Southern University’s campus. Heather Abbott, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a certified peer counselor with the Amputee Coalition of America, was the keynote speaker.

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A survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings gave graduates a message of hope and inspiration Thursday evening during the Ogeechee Technical College 2015 Spring Commencement ceremony.
The commencement was held at 7 p.m. in Georgia Southern University’s Hanner Fieldhouse.
Heather Abbott, who walked gracefully to the podium in four-inch heels, suffered a leg amputation after three surgeries failed to save her shattered limb. Shrapnel from the second of two bombs exploding near the Boston Marathon finish line changed her life forever, and Abbott shared some of her experiences with graduates and guests.
Twelve seconds was all it took, she said. The first explosion caught her attention, and when the second bomb (crafted from a pressure cooker) blew, the force knocked her off her feet and through a restaurant door.
“I thought my foot was on fire,” she said. “The pain was excruciating. Others were running for their lives. I couldn’t.”
A former New England Patriots football lineman and his wife, Matt and Erin Chatham, helped Abbott to an ambulance that took her to the hospital. After that, Abbott’s life took a new turn and she was forced to make a decision – remain a disabled amputee or accept the challenges that faced her and move on, she said
“I had to adjust to the new normal of my life. I had to just let it go - it happened, it is what it is.”
That didn’t mean she would pretend the bombing didn’t affect her. “There is a difference between letting go and forgetting,” she said. “Accept what you can’t change and rise above it.”
The bombings eventually left 280 victims with nonfatal injuries. Five were killed, including three spectators, a police officer, and one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev . The surviving bomber,  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was recently sentenced to death by a jury after a Boston trial.
The tragedy left many with emotional and physical scars, but Abbott told the crowd she was not going to allow the incident to ruin her life.
“Resign or refocus,” were words of advice she gave graduates who may face challenges in life. “As a survivor, your only choices are to pick yourself up and move on.”
Public exposure and media attention prompted Abbott to fi