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Carr is Selected as 2007 Outstanding Instructor

Dr. Steve Pearce, vice president of student services at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), announced at a recent staff development meeting that Larry Carr was selected as the winner of the 2007 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at OTC.

Instructors are nominated by their peers for this award. Business and community leaders then determine the winner from the qualified nominees. Mr. Carr, OTC’s automotive technology instructor, was described by one of his nominating peers as a “tremendous supporter of technical education and our mission.” Another remark about Carr read, “As a graduate of our program, he has returned to provide quality instruction and the benefit of many years of experience for students in the automotive technology program.” Other descriptions of Carr included, “models excellent work ethics,” “patient,” and “very thoughtful of his words and actions.” Dr. Gail Thaxton and Larry Carr

Mr. Carr will go on to compete on the consortium level in July at Altamaha Technical College in Jesup, Georgia.

Carr came to OTC in 2003. Prior to teaching automotive technology at OTC, Carr worked in the automotive repair industry for 26 years as a  Parts and Service Director, Service Manager, and an Automotive Technician.

After graduating from Waycross High School in 1976, Carr attended Okefenokee Technical College (Waycross-Ware Tech), where he was an honor graduate and received his two-year Auto Technician certification.

Carr is an ASE Master Certified Technician and has numerous certifications in the automotive field, including certifications from Ford, Mazda, Chrysler, and others.

He received his specialized education and training from various training programs, including the Ford Motor Training Centers in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, Atlanta, and Detroit. He also attended Mazda Training centers in Florida and Chrysler centers in Georgia and Florida.

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