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Douglas Area Employer Committee Gives to OTC Alma Adult Ed Program

Beth Strickland and Kate Bussey of Okefenokee Technical College are shown here holding a monetary gift from the Douglas Area Employer Committee for the Bacon County adult education program. The check was presented by committee members following a monthly committee meeting in Douglas recently.

The committee’s donation will support literacy by providing help to students in the Bacon County adult education program who demonstrate a need for financial assistance with the General Educational Development (GED) exams. According to Strickland, OTC adult education instructor on the Alma Campus, the gift is an investment in literacy that impacts economic growth in surrounding communities.  

Many committee members were present for the presentation. Those present include (Front, L to R) Susan Ransom, East Central Technical College; Strickland; Bussey; (2nd Row) April Thomason, Family Connections – BOE; Phyllis Belt, Lott Builders; Cherry Rewis, Alma/Bacon County Development Authority; Linda Cribbs, Coffee County School System; Scott Smith, PCC Airfoils & committee chair; Keith Newell, South Georgia College & committee co-chair; (3rd Row) Bobby Bridges, Coats & Clark; John Tanner, T & R Farms; and Alfalene Walker, Georgia Dept. of Labor. Susan Carelock, committee secretary, was not available for photo.

The Douglas Area Employer Committee represents is a group of local business representatives from Atkinson, Bacon and Coffee Counties who establish and maintain a working relationship between the employer community and the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL). The committee provides input and guidance in the development of policy and legislation by the Department of Labor as it impacts Georgia employers and employees.

The Bacon County adult education program offers (1) assessment of skills, (2) counseling and advisement, (3) instruction in preparation for the GED test, (4) special reading instruction, and (5) computerized instruction in preparation for skills training and literacy. Instruction is provided at no cost to the student.

Students who earn their GED certificate will receive a $500 HOPE voucher to go toward tuition and fees at any technical college or Board of Regents college. For more information, contact Beth Strickland at (912) 632-6659.

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