Golden Hammer Awards
Ogeechee Technical College

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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Barry Turner
Vice President for College Advancement
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