Adult Education receives $3,000 donation from Synovus

Posted on Feb 23, 2023 at 10:15 AM

OTC's Adult Education Team with Synovus Bank accepting Donation CheckOgeechee Technical College’s (OTC) Adult Education program received a $3,000 corporate donation from Synovus that will support training and education efforts for students in corrections facilities in Bulloch and Screven counties.

“We are incredibly thankful to Synovus for providing an opportunity to help fund our program efforts in corrections facilities in our area,” said Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education at OTC. “Students participating in corrections education are turning into a viable pool of candidates for Georgia’s workforce.”

Eligible students who participate in Integrated Education and training (IET) receive hands-on training to complete the requirements for forklift safety certification. IET consists of Adult Education and Literacy instruction and workforce preparation specific to industries that recognize the training credential and who have career opportunities that offer living wages to support the students and their families.

“These funds come on the heels of 2 quarters of successful IET trainings where corrections students achieved nearly 50 forklift safety certifications,” said Smith. “Our program is working with our local correctional facilities to offer these educational and training opportunities to ensure that students are equipped to see sustainable success during re-entry.”

In attendance for the delivery of the check (from left to right):

Jenni Kight (Commercial Assistant, Sr., Synovus)
Chad Wiggins (Market President, Synovus)
Kim Brannen Powell (Senior VP, Professional and Executive Banker, Synovus)
Alex Brown (Commercial Banker, Synovus)
Hyedie Badie (Adult Education Specialist, OTC)
Nakya Canty (Career Services Specialist, OTC)
Samantha Smith (Dean of Adult Education, OTC)
Jan Moore (VP for Economic Development, OTC)
Tyler Sikes (Warden, Screven County Prison)
Lori Durden (President, OTC)

About Ogeechee Technical College:

Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. OTC provides studentā€centered academic and occupational programs and support services at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels. OTC utilizes traditional and distance education methodologies in state-of-the-art facilities while supporting adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training. Visit for more information.

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