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

 

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

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

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

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article courtesy of Selected Independent Funeral Homes

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