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OTC Students Assist Others and Gain Additional Real-World Work Experience

Okefenokee Technical College electrical lineworker students recently gained additional work experience as they assisted the City of Waycross with a maintenance project at the Jim Blackburn Public Safety Training Center. Seven lineworker students set poles designed to serve as a stabilization wall to help prevent erosion on the recently re-configured rifle range.  The work the electrical lineworkers accomplished will benefit the Waycross Police Department and Ware County Sheriff’s Office for years to come as officers begin to utilize the range in its new configuration.

Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner and City Manager Deron King expressed appreciation to Okefenokee Technical College officials Dr. Glenn Deibert, Andy Brannen, and Kevin Metts. “Most everyone is scrambling to make ends meet, it seems. This type of partnership is a huge help for the city, specifically the police department, so we appreciate the support provided by OTC and Georgia Power in order to get this project completed,” stated Chief Tanner.

“We were pleased to assist with maintenance of the shooting range,” stated Kevin Metts, OTC electrical lineworker apprentice program instructor. “In most cases, requests don’t match our curriculum or fit into our tight schedule. Students have a number of skills to learn in just eight weeks, and the lineworker program has a set curriculum with specific skills that must be learned in that eight-week timeframe. In this case, everything worked out and students gained valuable work experience in real-world conditions. It was a win-win.”

According to OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert, “the Electrical Lineworker Apprentice Certificate (ELAC) was developed in partnership with a number of Georgia energy companies. “Just as public-private partnerships are becoming increasingly important, so are government agency partnerships within communities. Sometimes partnerships provide a solution to optimize budgets and improve efficiency.”

The Electrical Lineworker Apprentice program is an eight-week program that admits new students twice each semester. Students who complete the certificate program typically gain employment at energy companies, such as Georgia Power, Okefenokee REMC, Pike Electric Corporation, and Satilla REMC.

For more information, contact Kevin Metts at (912) 287-5815 or kmetts@okefenokeetech.edu.

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Okefenokee Technical College electrical lineworker students set poles at the Jim Blackburn Public Safety Training Center recently. Participating in the work project were Lineworker Instructor Kevin Metts and the following OTC students: Larry Hunt, Devin Johnson, Cody Pippin, Andrew Scott, Chance Davis, Jacob Williams, Chris Daughtry.

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