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OTC Advisory Committees Are Updated on Merger & Program Accomplishments

Okefenokee Technical College advisory committees met on the Waycross campus Tuesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. for the annual spring meeting. Area community and business leaders assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall for greetings and comments by college officials before going to classrooms and labs to attend their respective advisory committee meeting.

At the general session, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert welcomed guests and presented the latest information about the college, including information about the merger and SACSCOC accreditation. He also thanked committee members for their commitment to OTC, explaining the impact they have on program effectiveness.

Jim Nordone, interim vice president for academic affairs, introduced the 2014 OTC Rick Perkins winner, Gloria Reid, OTC’s Pierce County adult education instructor, who shared her passion for teaching.

Dr. Al Cunningham, the vice president for academic affairs of Coastal Pines Technical College, explained how the fall advisory committee meetings will be arranged. Following the invocation, led by Austin Johnson, dean for academic affairs, committee members and instructors visited the buffet, then joined fellow members for the program meeting.

Program advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry served by the program and include persons within the community and employment market. Membership may also include representatives from high school programs and other college programs. Committees meet twice each year.

During OTC advisory committee meetings, program staff solicit input from members to assist in the evaluation of program effectiveness, job development, job placement, program promotion and evaluation (in relation to standards), program advocacy, and business and industry support of the program.

Essentially, advisory committees promote interaction between program faculty and businesses and industries served by the program, and faculty use the expertise of advisory committee members to improve program content.

All OTC programs comply with Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved curriculum. TCSG curriculum programs are standardized, based on business and industry requirements across the state. Standards are designed to prepare students for careers in specific professions.

Okefenokee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

OTC Student Ambassadors

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Area community and business leaders assembled in the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Miller Lecture Hall for greetings and comments by college officials before making their way to classrooms to attend their respective advisory committee meeting.
At the general session, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert (left) welcomed guests and thanked committee members for their commitment to technical education. He also shared the latest on the merger and talked about the Coastal Pine Technical College logo (on projector screen).

Charlie Gibson (right) introduced five OTC Student Ambassadors and shared their individual student accomplishments. Catharine Simmons (L to R) is the 2014 OTC GOAL winner. Niki Perritt is the 2014 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient, has a number of credentials already earned (dual enrollment in high school), and inspires others with her ambitious career plan. Timothey Lemley won 1st place in Mobile Application Development at the state PBL Conference and will compete June 24-27 at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Simon Cason and LeAnna Thornton also won 1st at the state PBL competition and will compete at Nationals. Simon won in Information Management, and as a team, Simon and LeAnna won Network Design. All five students are recipients of academic scholarships through the OTC Foundation.

OTC Library Advisory Committee

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OTC Library Services Director Cassie Clemons (center) coordinates the Media Services Advisory Committee meetings. Committee members in attendance were (L to R): Janice Williams, Kathy L. Patten Odam, Candice Rice, Cassie Clemons, Amanda Morris, Benjamin Bryson, Karen Hankala, and Jason Lefevre.

 




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