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Okefenokee Tech participates in Technical College System of Georgia 2011 Leadership Conference

Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton and representatives of the college’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees attended the Technical College System of Georgia 2011 Leadership Conference titled “Skills2Work” recently in Savannah. Chair Larry Paulk and Treasurer Bill Higginson attended the event as representatives of the OTC Foundation. Chair John Pharr and Dr. Keith Johnson represented the OTC Board of Directors.

Over 300 business and industry leaders from across the state who serve as members of the Technical College Directors’ Association and the Technical College Foundation Association of Georgia attended the conference which included seminars on board governance, budgeting and financial management, community advocacy, public speaking, challenges in Technical Education, fundraising from a funders perspective, investment information, Robert’s Rules of Order, Margin of Excellence – the new work of higher education, planned giving, investing in Georgia’s future through TCSG and more.

Also representing Okefenokee Technical College at the conference were Executive Director of the OTC Foundation Cindy Tanner and Executive Assistant to the President Margaret Fairley.

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson addressed the group and thanked each and every TCDA and TCFA member for their commitment to their individual colleges and their enthusiastic support of their presidents, faculty, staff and students.

“Our state and nation have experienced difficult economic times over the past few years,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. “Now, more than ever, Georgians need pathways to stable jobs and careers, and they need a solution that works for them. For many, the Technical College System of Georgia is what works best. As this year’s conference theme says, the TCSG is in the very important business of putting people with skills to work.”

Jackson also added, “The easy access to world-class TCSG programs and quick avenues for success works for our students. The zeal that our faculty and staff have for technical and adult education and the compassion that they show for their students works for Georgia. And the knowledge that is taught on TSCG campuses works for employers who need our graduates for jobs that require 21st Century Skills.”

Jackson praised the membership of the Technical College Directors’ Association and Technical College Foundation Association for their help in allowing the TCSG colleges to deliver on the mission to build job skills and create new career opportunities for fellow Georgians. “While the downturn in the economy has challenged our limits, it has also made the outstanding efforts of the TCDA and TCFA more important than at any time in the history of our colleges. I sincerely thank you for your commitment.”

The 25 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia offer more than 600 certificate, diploma and degree programs. The TCSG also manages the state’s adult education the GED testing programs, as well as the internationally recognized Quick Start Workforce training program for business and industry.

Enrollment at the TCSG colleges is growing at a record pace, fueled in part by the large number of unemployed and under-employed Georgians who are turning to the colleges to learn additional skills and discover new careers. Last year, the TCSG enrolled more than 191,000 students.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson is shown addressing attendees of the 2011 Leadership Conference. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton, Larry Paulk, Bill Higginson, John Parr, Dr. Keith Johnson, Cindy Tanner, and Margaret Fairley represented OTC at the conference and were among those in the audience.


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