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OTC PBL Students Continue Winning Streak at State Conference
Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter scored another first place award in network design at the 2014 PBL State Conference and Competition, making this year the ninth consecutive year earning top honors in that category. Read More.

OTC Officials Reveal Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Logos at Waycross Campus Event
It was a perfect spring day as faculty, staff, board members, students, and guests gathered at the fountain in front of Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) to unveil the new logos for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC). Read More.

OTC Alma Campus Hosts Coastal Pines Technical College Logo Reveal Celebration 
Smiles, laughter, and warm greetings were exchanged as faculty, staff, students, and community guests gathered in the courtyard of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Alma Campus to witness the unveiling of the new logos for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC). Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Students Win at State SkillsUSA Competition
Ten Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students competed at the SkillsUSA Georgia Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta March 13 – 15, 2014. Read More.

Aeriel Tiffany’s Design Chosen for Statewide 2014 MAW Art Contest
Ware County senior Aeriel Tiffany recently participated in a regional art contest, the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Winners Announced in OTC 2014 MAW Art Contest
Approximately twenty-five Pierce County art students recently participated in the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Scholarships Available for High School Seniors & College Students
Scholarships and grants are available to entering freshmen and returning students enrolled at Okefenokee Technical College (Coastal Pines Technical College, effective July 1, 2014) for summer and fall semesters. Read More.

Perritt Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship at OTC
Congratulations to Christian (Niki) Perritt, who was recently selected as the 2014 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

OTC Announces Health Careers Summer Camp for Middle School Students
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) officials are pleased to announce that OTC will coordinate and host a Health Careers Summer Camp for middle school students June 16-19, 2014. Read More.

Catharine Simmons is Okefenokee Tech’s  2013 GOAL Winner
Catharine Simmons of Ware County was recently selected as the 2014 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert announced Simmons as the winner at the March 13 Waycross Exchange Club meeting. Read More.

OTC Graduates Celebrate Accomplishments at January 2014 Commencement
Over ninety graduates marched across the stage at the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) 2014 spring commencement held Friday, January 30, 2014, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

OTC Criminal Justice Grads Learn about Online Bachelor's Degree Option
Dana Brooks, admissions associate for Thomas University (TU), made a presentation to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) criminal justice students and graduates recently to encourage them to consider furthering their education at Thomas University. Read More.

Spending Associated with Okefenokee Technical College has $17,807,595 Impact in Region
How much does the area served by Okefenokee Technical College benefit economically from spending that is either directly or indirectly related to the college? According to Dr. Jeffrey M. Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, it adds up to $17,807,595. Read More.

OTC Holds Most Successful Campus Blood Drive Since 2008
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) sponsored an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive on the Waycross Campus recently as one of its community service projects for 2014. Read More.

The More Classes Successfully Completed, The More Money Saved
Dual credit programs offer savings for parents and time for high school students. It’s not a new concept, but now it’s free and mutally beneficial for everyone! Read More.

Gloria Reid Selected As OTC 2014 Instructor of the Year
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President, Dr. Glenn Deibert, takes pleasure in announcing the OTC 2014 Rick Perkins award winner as Gloria Reid. Read More.

College Goal Georgia Helps Students Get Cash for College
Financial aid experts will be available at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) to assist college-bound students and their families with completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at this year’s College Goal Georgia event. Read More.

OTC Southeast Area Landscape & Turf Conference is Success
The 5th annual Southeast Area Landscape & Turf Conference (SALT) was held February 6, 2014, at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).  The event featured horticulture, landscape, and turf experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions. Read More.

OTC Student, LeAnna Thornton, Selected for 2013 Jacob R. Minchew Award
LeAnna “LeA” Thornton was recently selected for the 2013 Jacob R. Minchew for Post-Secondary Education award. Read More.

Waycross Rotary Recognizes Tiffany McLean for "Service above Self"
Tiffany McLean of Alma was presented the 2013 “Service Above Self” award for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and recognized January 28, 2014, by the Rotary Club of Waycross for exceeding normal expectations in the workplace. Read More.

Tonya Bruce and Katherine Clare Awarded Waycross Rotary Scholarships
Two Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students, Tonya Bruce and Katherine Clare, were recognized at a recent Waycross Rotary Club meeting as OTC Rotary Scholarship recipients. Read More

OTC Respiratory Care Program Receives National Accreditation
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) president, Dr. Glenn Deibert, proudly announces that the OTC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree respiratory care technology program has been awarded Continuing Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Read More.

Dr. Keith Johnson Is Keynote Speaker at Upcoming OTC Commencement, January 30
Keith Russell Johnson, M.D., Chief Anesthesiologist and Medical Director for the Department of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross, will deliver the keynote address at the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) commencement Thursday evening. Read More.

Mayo Clinic Health System Officials Tour OTC Allied Health Building
Mayo Clinic Health System administrators met with Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President Dr. Glenn Deibert and other college officials December 18 to tour the OTC allied health building and discuss ways to strengthen Mayo’s educational partnership with the College to benefit the community. Read More.

OTC Announces 2014 GOAL Nominees
Okefenokee Technical College president, Dr. Glenn Deibert, is pleased to announce that OTC, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will once again participate in the GOAL program. Read More.

Educators Invited to Learn More about Dual Credit Programs
Area superintendents, principals, counselors, and teachers are invited to attend an upcoming Dual Credit Academy to get the latest information on high school initiatives and better understand the benefits of dual credit programs for schools, students, and communities. Read More.

Nina Garcia Is OTC 2014 EAGLE Representative
Nina Garcia (Ware County) was recently named the 2014 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 25-27, 2014.  Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation Makes Significant Contribution to
OTC Students and Programs

Mr. Romeo Reyes, Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) CEO/President;  Jim Tucker, Satilla REMC Foundation chair; and Sue Johnson, P. R. coordinator, met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert and Cindy Tanner last month to award the OTC Foundation $5,000 for educational advancement. Read More.

OTC Announces Fall 2013 President’s List
Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Okefenokee Technical College, recently announced the President’s List for Fall Semester 2013. Read More.

OTC Holiday Luncheon: A Time to Recognize Accomplishments and Reminisce with Past & Present Colleagues
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) past and present employees enjoyed the festive venue and cheerful atmosphere of the 2013 OTC Holiday Luncheon held at the Okefenokee Country Club December 12. The event recognized and celebrated OTC retirees, 2013 faculty and student accomplishments, and the recent SACSCOC visit. Read More.

Toni Nelson Recognized by TCDA
Alisa Toni Nelson, one of the newest members of the OTC Board of Directors (June 2012), was recognized as a certified board member by the Technical College Directors Association (TCDA) at the TCSG 2013 Leadership Conference in Savannah last month.  Read More.

OTC Officials Attend Technical College System of Georgia 2013 Leadership Conference
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) held its 2013 Leadership Conference November 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, Georgia. Read More.

OTC Board of Directors Recognized for 100% Board Certification
The Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors was recognized by the Technical College Directors’ Association (TCDA) at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2013 Leadership Conference in Savannah last month for achieving 100% Board Certification. Read More.

OTC Student Government Association Holds Successful Pet Food Drive
The Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Student Government Association (SGA) held a pet food drive and program competition during the month of September to support the Okefenokee Humane Society.  Read More.

BCHS students learn about salon services offered at OTC
An enthusiastic group of Bacon County High School students and teachers visited the OTC Alma campus cosmetology salon Monday, September 30, for mini-makeovers. Read More.

OTC Supports the “It Can Wait” Campaign
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) officials recently launched a 31-day promotion aimed at demonstrating support for the “It Can Wait” campaign, which encourages drivers to avoid texting while driving. Read More.

BB&T Gives to OTC Foundation
Mike Cave, BB&T market president, recently presented Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) President Dr. Glenn Deibert with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation to help fund Toolbox Scholarships for deserving OTC students. Read More.

OTC Welcomes New Brantley GED Instructor, Stephen McQuaig
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) welcomes Stephen McQuaig to the Brantley County Adult Education program as the new GED instructor. Read More.

Charles Eames establishes travel funds at OTC & SGSC
Charles Eames, retired director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), recently established a fund through the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation and the James M. Dye Foundation at South Georgia State College (SGSC) to assist students with the everyday cost of traveling to campus for classes and clinical rotations. Read More.

Area Graduates Recognized at OTC Adult Education Graduation
The Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) October 24, 2013, adult education graduation ceremony was held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

OTC Ware County Adult Education Program Observes Literacy Week
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) adult education students celebrated Literacy Week last month by reading to local Head Start preschoolers. Read More.

Elkins Constructors is Top Sponsor of OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
Elkins Constructors, Inc., will enter two teams in the OTC Foundation “Tee It Up For Tools” Golf Tournament to raise money for the Toolbox Scholarship Fund. Read More.

Southeastern Business Machines Is Sponsor of OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
Adam Thomas of Southeastern Business Machines will play in the OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament Friday, October 18, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club. Read More.

Walker Jones is Hole-In-One Sponsor of OTC Foundation Tourney
A hole-in-one during the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament could win one lucky golfer a beautiful Chevy 2014 Z71Silverado from Walker Jones. Read More.

Farr’s Fine Furniture Supports the OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
George Farr of Farr’s Fine Furniture donated this microfiber full extension chaise recliner as a prize for one of the skill competitions at the 2013 Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament. Read More.

In the Game Magazine Is Sponsor of OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
In the Game Magazine is a bronze sponsor of the 2013 Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament, and Shawn Smoak of In the Game invites others to play or be a sponsor, as well. Read More.

TCSG State Board Approves Coastal Pines Technical College as the New Name for Merged Colleges
Coastal Pines Technical College will be the new college name when Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College merge in July 2014. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College QEP Festival Described As Fun & Informative
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) faculty and staff hosted a fall festival on the Waycross Campus Thursday, September 12, 2013, to inform students and the general public about the OTC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) developed by faculty to increase student learning in mathematics. Read More.

OTC Student John Murray is Recipient of Lewis Family Scholarship
Lewis and Raulerson, Inc. and the Lewis family recently established a scholarship at Okefenokee Technical College in memory of Mr. Grady Carl Lewis of Hoboken. Mr. Lewis, the son of Carl Howard and Bernice Stuckey Lewis, was 49 when he died from melanoma in 2012. Read More.

OTC Faculty & Staff Give Generously to Foundation
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation Chair Larry Paulk and OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert are pleased to announce that the 2013-14 internal campaign for the OTC Foundation was a success. Read More.

OTC Is Recipient of USDA Grant to Benefit Forestry Students
Shandolyn Smith, area specialist for rural development with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), visited the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Waycross campus recently to see the latest addition to the OTC fleet, a 2013 Diamond Coach mass transit vehicle. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Observes International Literacy Day
Okefenokee Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), is among organizations worldwide set to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8. Read More.

Pierce is Certified Literacy Community Program Participant
Pierce County received its Certified Literacy Community Program (CLCP) designation during a proclamation presentation at Blackshear City Hall Friday.  Read More.

Progress Rail in Patterson Praised for Community Impact
Progress Rail Services was recognized last week as a standout among Pierce County industry. The Patterson location of the Caterpillar subsidiary hosted a luncheon Thursday in honor of its nomination as one of the state’s best industries in its class size. Local and state officials attending the event praised management and workers. Read More.

Clary White Is Recipient of OTC Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Clary White of Millwood was recently selected as the Okefenokee Technical College Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for spring semester 2013. Read More.

TCSG Commissioner Meets with ATC & OTC Boards to Discuss Merger
Commissioner Ron Jackson of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) was among those who attended the first joint meeting of the Altamaha Technical College (ATC) and Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) boards of directors held Thursday, August 15, 2013. The boards met at the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center on the ATC campus in Jesup to discuss the upcoming merger, effective July 1, 2014. Read More.

OTC Hosts Waycross-Ware County Chamber Rise & Shine
Okefenokee Technical College hosted the early morning networking event, the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce monthly “Rise and Shine” breakfast mixer, Tuesday, and folks liked what they saw and heard. Read More.

Georgia Power Gives to OTC Foundation for Student Scholarships
James Willis, area manager of the Georgia Power Company, recently met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert and OTC Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner to present a generous cash donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in support of technical education. Read More.

TCSG State Board Votes to Merge Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College
The State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia has given their unanimous approval for TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson to initiate the process to merge Altamaha Technical College (ATC) and Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

Dr. Glenn Deibert to be President of Colleges Effective July 2014
August 1, 2013, the state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved Commissioner Ron Jackson’s recommendation of Dr. Glenn Deibert to be president of the new consolidated college resulting from the merger of Altamaha Technical College (ATC) and Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Faculty & Staff Announce QEP
For several months, while Okefenokee Technical College faculty and staff finalized the fundamental strategies of the plan, OTC students hypothesized about the meaning of the acronym QEP. Signs and posters around campus stating, “The QEP Is Coming,” initiated a lot of interest and speculation. Most students referred to “it” as “Quep.” Some said QEP might mean “Quick and Easy Plan.” Others wondered if it was a new form of financial aid or contagious disease. Read More.

CSX Gives to OTC Foundation
Phil Logan, CSX Transportation terminal superintendent for the Waycross Rice Yard, and Jake Hunter, assistant terminal superintendent, visited the Okefenokee Technical College campus recently where Logan made a generous donation on behalf of CSX to the OTC Foundation. Dr. Deibert accepted the check on behalf of OTC Foundation Chair Larry Paulk and thanked CSX officials. Read More.

OTC Graduates Ready for Next Challenge
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) held its 2013 spring commencement Friday, June 14, 2013, on the Waycross Campus in the Miller Lecture Hall. The ceremony recognized those individuals who completed graduation requirements spring semester 2013. Read More.

Engine 3066 at Home at OTC
With the toss of his hard hat, Buddy Bryan closed the curtain on the nine-month Locomotive Relocation Project that ended with Engine 3066 at its new home, Okefenokee Technical College, around noon yesterday, July 2. Read More.

OTC Announces July 1 Is Relocation Date for Engine 3066
Barring unforeseen circumstances, a huge train engine will travel down Carswell Avenue in Waycross on July 1 as part of its journey to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

Hamilton Is Winner of OTC FAFSA Frenzy Kindle Fire
Congratulations to Cheyenne Hamilton of Bickley, Georgia! It really does pay to plan ahead and apply early. Just ask Cheyenne, the winner of a new Kindle Fire donated by the OTC Student Government Association. Read More.

OTC Students Complete Campus Improvement Project
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students from the horticulture and forest technology programs braved the heat recently in order to complete a campus beautification project they had begun a few weeks earlier. Read More.

OTC Invites Public to Track Progress of Locomotive Donation
It’s not every day you get to see a train engine roll down the highway! Soon, if all goes well, Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students who enroll in rail programs will have access to an operable locomotive for training. The locomotive, donated by Progress Rail Services, is an Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) SD40, six-axle, fully operational engine. Read More.

Georgia Manufacturers Celebrated at the 2013 Governor’s MAW Luncheon in Atlanta - Six local companies recognized
The 2013 Governor’s Awards Luncheon honoring the Manufacturer of the Year nominees and winners from across Georgia was held Wednesday, April 3, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Read More.


OTC Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Sponsors Bingo Night
The Okefenokee Technical College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) sponsored Bingo Night at Baptist Village earlier this year, igniting friendly competition and fun for participants and PBL members. Read More.

Captain Boyett is Guest Speaker at OTC Professional Development Day
Waycross Police Department Criminal Investigations Commander, Captain Hilton Boyett, was the closing speaker for a productive professional development day at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) recently. Read More.

OTC Students Participate in Heritage Gardens Work Day
Okefenokee Technical College students from the environmental horticulture program, forestry program, and horticulture club participated in a Heritage Community Garden work day Wednesday, May 29. Read More.

SALT Draws Large Number of Landscape and Horticulture Professionals
Training Event is a Huge Success

Over eighty industry professionals attended the Southeast Area Landscape Training (SALT) held February 7, 2013, at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).  The event featured horticulture and landscape experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions. Read More.

OTC Announces Spring 2013 President's List
Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Okefenokee Technical College, recently announced the President’s List for Spring Semester 2013. To qualify for this honor, a student must be classified as full-time, have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Read More.

Area Graduates are Recognized at OTC Adult Education Graduation
The Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) May 9, 2013, adult education graduation ceremony was held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

OTC Radiologic Technology Students Recognized at Pinning Ceremony
Members of the 2013 radiologic technology class of Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) were recognized and honored with a pinning ceremony held April 30, 2013, at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Donna Yeomans, radiologic technology program director, assisted by Brent Clemmer and Chrissie Rentz, pinned eleven graduating students, signifying they had met all necessary graduation requirements. Read More.

Record Number of OTC Graduates Celebrate a Milestone at Winter 2013 Commencement
Over one hundred graduates marched across the stage at the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) 2013 winter commencement held Friday, February 1, 2013, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

Governor Deal signs bill to expand access to technical colleges
At the Technical College System of Georgia 2013 Leadership Summit, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that will lower the GPA requirement for the HOPE Grant, which goes to students in the technical college system. Read More.

OTC Forestry Students Tour Smith Logging
Okefenokee Technical College forest technology students recently visited Smith Logging in Pearson, Georgia, and toured the site. Read More.

Dr. Bonnie Davis Continues to Promote Higher Education
Joins OTC Foundation Board

Dr. Bonnie Davis of Charlton County was selected last summer to join the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Meet
Okefenokee Technical College program advisory committees met on the Waycross campus Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. for their spring meeting. Read More.

Faye Mathis Earns Doctorate Degree
Faye Curry Mathis, director of the respiratory care program at Okefenokee Technical College, recently earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota. Read More.

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.
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Capps & Thornton Selected for OTC Charles Eames Scholarship
Richard Capps, a nursing student, and LeAnna Thornton, a business administrative technology student, were recently selected as the 2013 recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Charles Eames Scholarship.Read More.

Kala Rentz Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship at OTC 
Kala Rentz (Ware) was recently named as an Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. The award of $500 is generously donated each year, since 2005, by the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship to help students with program-related expenses. Read More.

Thomas Wesley is Selected As OTC Instructor of the Year
His creative teaching style, passion for electronics, and rapport with students is a clear indication why Thomas Wesley received the 2013 Rick Perkins “Instructor of the Year” award for Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Waycross Rotary Recognizes Charlie Gibson for Service above Self
Okefenokee Technical College’s Charlie Gibson was honored February 5, 2013, by the Rotary Club of Waycross for exceeding the normal expectations of duty in the workplace to help others and promote the mission of the organization. Read More.

Cason and Williams Awarded Waycross Rotary Scholarships
Two Okefenokee Technical College students, Simon Cason and Lindsay Williams, were recognized at a recent Waycross Rotary Club meeting as the 2013 OTC Rotary Scholarship recipients. Read More.

OTC Announces Fall 2012 President’s List
Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Okefenokee Technical College, recently announced the Fall Semester 2012 President’s List. To qualify for this honor, a student must be classified as full-time, have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Read More.

Toni Nelson To Address OTC Graduates at Friday Night Ceremony
Alisa (Toni) Nelson of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross will be the featured speaker at OTC’s evening commencement to be held at the Waycross Middle School auditorium Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Three outstanding Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. Read More.

Dyarl Jackson Is OTC 2013 EAGLE Representative - Selected to attend EAGLE Leadership Institute
Dyarl Jackson was recently named the 2013 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute in Atlanta March 18-21, 2013.  The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation Gives to OTC Students and Programs
Mr. Romeo Reyes, Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) CEO/President;  Mickey Whittington, current Satilla REMC  Foundation Chair; Jim Tucker, upcoming Foundation Chair; and Sue Johnson, P. R. Coordinator met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert last month to award the OTC Foundation $5,000 for educational advancement. Read More.

American Proteins Gives to OTC Foundation for Scholarships
American Proteins owners, Tommy and Chantal Bagwell, through the Bagwell Family Foundation, recently made another significant donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for student scholarships, making their overall contribution $9,000. Human Resources & Safety Manager for American Proteins, Norman Barber, presented the latest donation to Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert during the 2012 holiday season. Read More.

Learn About Educational Opportunities in Homerville through OTC
The public is invited to visit the Okefenokee Technical College classroom and lab at the Clinch County Educational Complex on 427 West Dame Avenue, Suite B, January 9, 2013, between 3 and 5 p.m. to learn about OTC courses and programs available in Homerville during 2013. Read More.

OTC Air Conditioning Program Receives National Accreditation
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) president, Dr. Glenn Deibert, proudly announces that the OTC air conditioning technology program, instructor Mr. Jack Moye, has been granted a new 5-year accreditation by Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Excellence. Read More.

OTC Student Organizations Team Up for Holiday Food Drive
Five Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) student organizations teamed up during the weeks prior to Thanksgiving to collect nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army food pantry. Read More.

Kathy Durrance Wins OTC Novelty Mailbox
Kathy Durrance of Blackshear was the winner of the novelty deer mailbox on display at the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair in November. Read More.

American Proteins Gives to OTC Foundation for Scholarships
American Proteins owners, Tommy and Chantal Bagwell, through the Bagwell Family Foundation, recently made another significant donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for student scholarships, making their overall contribution $9,000. Human Resources & Safety Manager for American Proteins, Norman Barber, presented the latest donation to Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert during the 2012 holiday season. Read More.

Tammie Shaw Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship 
Tammie Shaw of Alma was recently selected as the 2012 Okefenokee Technical College Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for fall semester. Read More.

Georgia Power Donates to OTC Electrical Lineworker Program 
Jim Holt of Georgia Power’s Office of Workforce Development recently presented the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation with a $5,000 check from Georgia Power for the OTC electrical lineworker program. Read More.

Da’Quan Sallet Is 2012 OTC SunTrust Scholarship Recipient
Sybil Dykes of SunTrust Bank in Waycross joined OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert recently in congratulating Da’Quan Sallet, a 2012 Ware County High School (WCHS) graduate, for being selected as the 2012 SunTrust Bank Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College.  Read More.

Community & Business Leaders Meet to Discuss Route for Locomotive
City officials met with representatives from Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), Progress Rail Services, CSX Transportation, Utilco Railroad Services, and Georgia Power Company recently to discuss details of relocating a locomotive from Progress Rail in Patterson to the OTC Waycross campus. Read More.

Jeff Brown Joins OTC Foundation Board
Jeff Brown was recently named as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Brown is a businessman and owner of Lutz, Brown, Peagler, & Manley, an insurance agency in Clinch County. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Holiday Schedule
Okefenokee Technical College will be closed for Christmas and the holiday season Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. Read More.

Melvin Bratcher retires from Okefenokee Technical College
Melvin Bratcher was the guest of honor at a retirement luncheon on the Alma campus in which he was applauded for fourteen years of full-time instruction at Okefenokee Technical College. The event took place November 29, Bratcher’s last day on the job. Read More.

AT&T Donates $50,000 to Help Low-Income Georgians
Atlanta – More than 1.2 million adults in Georgia don’t have a high school diploma.  For many, taking the GED® test and earning a GED credential can change their lives for the better, including opening doors to higher-paying jobs. Read More.

Morgan & Bennett Nominated for OTC EAGLE Award
Congratulations to Cynthia Morgan and Virginia Bennett, nominees from the Brantley County adult education program for the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award. Morgan and Bennett were nominated for the award by their instructor, Sheryl Trammel. Read More.

OTC Ware County EAGLE Nominees Selected
Congratulations to Dyarl Jackson and Michelle Russell, nominees from the Ware County adult education program for the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award. Read More.

OTC Students Selected for 2012 Bagwell Foundation Scholarship Awards
Sherri Carter and Kristen Howard were recently selected to receive a Bagwell Family Foundation Scholarship from the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation according to OTC Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner. Read More.

OTC Promotes the Respiratory Care Program during Respiratory Care Week
Respiratory Care Week, a nationally recognized event sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care, is held annually to celebrate the work of respiratory therapists and promote awareness of lung health issues and practices. Respiratory Care Week 2012 was October 21-27. Read More.

OTC Honors GED Graduates at Adult Education Ceremony
The Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Fall 2012 Adult Education graduation ceremony was held Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

Winners Announced for PBL's Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 PBL Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Read More.

Dr. Glenn Deibert Appointed President of Okefenokee Technical College
The state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia has unanimously approved Commissioner Ron Jackson’s recommendation of Dr. Glenn A. Deibert, Jr., to be the next president of Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) in Waycross. Read More.

IPG is Silver Sponsor of OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
Friday, November 2 at Okefenokee Golf Course

IPG Architects & Planners in Valdosta is a silver sponsor of the 2012 Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament.  The tournament is Friday, November 2, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club and begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golfers begin play at 12:30 p.m.  Read More.

Farr’s Fine Furniture Supports the OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament
George Farr of Farr’s Fine Furniture donated this Levar DuraBlend leather rocker recliner as a prize for one of the skill competitions at the 2012 Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Meet
Okefenokee Technical College program advisory committees met October 16, 2012, on the Waycross campus. Area community and business leaders assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall for comments by college officials before going to their separate advisory committee meetings. Read More.

OTC Faculty & Staff Give To Foundation
Dr. Glenn Deibert, Okefenokee Technical College interim president, is pleased to announce that the 2012-13 internal campaign for the OTC Foundation was a huge success. OTC faculty and staff demonstrated its support for higher education, the college, and the OTC Foundation in a big way, with 100% gifting participation and fulfilled goals. Read More.

Walker Jones is Hole-In-One Sponsor of OTC Foundation Tourney Friday, November 2 at Okefenokee Country Club
A hole-in-one during the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament could win one lucky golfer a beautiful Chevy Silverado from Walker Jones. The tourney is Friday, November 2, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club and begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golfers begin play at 12:30 p.m.  Read More.

Takeshia Roberts Selected for MOAA Scholarship
Takeshia Roberts of Waycross, an Okefenokee Technical College respiratory care technology student, was awarded the 2012 Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) scholarship at the organization’s September meeting by Judge Franklin Rozier, Okefenokee chapter officer. Read More.

OTC Board Members Learn About New Program Equipment
Okefenokee Technical College board members enjoyed the opportunity during the May and August meetings to get out of the board room to see and learn about newly purchased program equipment. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Closed Labor Day
Okefenokee Technical College will be closed Monday, September 3, 2012, to observe Labor Day and will reopen Tuesday, September 4.

South Georgia Street Rods Gives to OTC Foundation
Nick McCarty of South Georgia Street Rods, Inc. recently made a generous donation on behalf of the organization to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to fund two scholarships for deserving students in OTC’s automotive collision repair and automotive technology programs. Read More.

Georgia Power Gives to OTC Foundation for Student Scholarships
James Willis (left), area manager of the Georgia Power Company, recently met with Okefenokee Technical College Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert (right) and OTC Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner (center) to present a generous cash donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in support of higher education. Read More.

OTC Welding Students Enhance Skills in Virtual Reality
Okefenokee Technical College welding students now have access to an educational tool they prefer to call their “toy.” Read More.

OTC Foundation Offers Scholarships & Grants
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation offers scholarships and grants to current students and area high school seniors who have plans to attend OTC in the upcoming academic year. Read More.

CSX Supports OTC Foundation-Craig Camuso & Gus Karle Visit Okefenokee Tech
Craig Camuso CSX Transportation regional vice president (Atlanta office) and A. A. “Gus” Karle, visited the Okefenokee Technical College Waycross campus recently where Camuso made a generous donation on behalf of CSX to the OTC Foundation.
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OTC Horticulture Students Visit Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Fourteen Okefenokee Technical College horticulture students and OTC Environmental Horticulture Instructor Mark Deal recently enjoyed a “behind the scenes” tour of the new Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens by Horticultural Director Bob Chabot. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Announces 2012-13 Faculty & Staff
Dr. Glenn Deibert, interim president of Okefenokee Technical College, announces full-time faculty and staff for the 2012-2013 academic year. Read More.

LaNette Holloman To Address OTC Graduates At Friday Night Ceremony
LaNette Holloman, a business management student at Atlanta Technical College and the 2012 statewide GOAL winner for the Technical College System of Georgia, will be the featured speaker at OTC’s evening commencement to be held at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. July 20. Read More.

Lee Gowen Named OTC Board Member
Lee Gowen of Charlton County recently joined the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 2012. Read More.

Dr. Bonnie Davis Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
Dr. Bonnie Davis of Charlton County was recently recognized for distinguished service to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

John Pharr and Bonnie Davis Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
John Pharr of Ware County and Dr. Bonnie Davis of Charlton County were recently recognized for distinguished service to Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

OTC Students Medal at 2012 PBL National Competition
Eight members of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) attended the organization’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 24 – 27, 2012, and were among over 1,700 students from the United States, Puerto Rico, and China to compete at the conference. The competition offered over 50 categories of events, all of which are business and computer-related events. Read More.

OTC Health Careers Summer Camp Is Success - Fun & Educational
Twenty-nine middle grade students participated in the inaugural OTC Health Careers Summer Camp June 18-21, 2012, at Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross. According to Dr. Abraham Pallas, OTC dean for academic affairs, the event’s success prompted allied health instructors and officials to make the camp an annual event. Read More.

A Huge Crowd Attends Business After Hours at OTC
A large crowd turned out Thursday afternoon for the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce monthly “Business After Hours” held at the newly remodeled Okefenokee Technical College support building on Carswell Avenue. Republic Services, a local waste services provider, and Okefenokee Technical College teamed up to host the June 21 networking social. Read More.

Exchange Club of Waycross Supports Higher Education
Chris Tatum, president of the Exchange Club of Waycross, and Daniel Warren, president-elect, presented a generous contribution check, on behalf of the club, to Okefenokee Technical College Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert for the OTC Foundation Exchange Club of Waycross Scholarship Fund. Read More.

Valerie Walker Selected for Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship
Valerie Walker of Blackshear was recently selected as a recipient of the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship for Okefenokee Technical College. Walker is a recent graduate of the OTC practical nursing program and used the award money toward the cost of the nursing licensure exam. Read More.

Maryjane Johnson Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Maryjane Johnson of Blackshear was recently selected as the 2012 Okefenokee Technical College Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for spring semester. Read More.

Deidre Durance Wins SkillsUSA Georgia and heads to Kansas City for National Competition
Deidre Durance, a computer information systems student at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), is gearing up for the competition. Durance will face numerous worthy opponents from colleges and universities across the nation at the annual SkillsUSA Championships this month in Kansas City, Missouri, as she competes in Technical Computer Applications. Read More.

OTC Student Receives Start-up Tools to Jump-Start New Career
Barbara (Barbie) Cowan was recently selected as a 2012 recipient of an Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship. The OTC Foundation gives this award to select graduating students of Okefenokee Tech who have demonstrated excellence in their field of study. Read More.

OTC Instructor Invited to Attend Oxford Round Table in England
Jaki Johnson, criminal justice instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, has been invited to participate in the 2012 Oxford Round Table to be held at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England. Read More.

Lee Gowen Tours OTC Campus
Okefenokee Technical College Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert (right) welcomed Lee Gowen of Folkston to the Waycross campus recently for a campus visit and college update. Read More.

OTC Students Receive Start-up Tools for Work Success
Aara Sweat and Kristy Rich were recently selected as 2012 recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship. The OTC Foundation gives this award to select graduating students of Okefenokee Tech who have demonstrated excellence in their field of study. Read More.

TCSG State Board Approves New Fee Structure for GED®Test-takers
ATLANTA – Georgia’s adult learners who want to improve their education have easy access to free programs that offer adult education and GED preparation through the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education. Read More.

Van Herrin Joins OTC Foundation Board of Trustees
Van Herrin was recently named as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More.

Certified Work Ready Community Road Signs Presented to Local Government Officials
On behalf of their constituents, Waycross Mayor Clarence Billups and Ware County Commission Chairman Jimmy Brown accepted Certified Work Ready Community road signs from Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) officials yesterday at the Ware County Commission Board Room. Read More.

Georgia Manufacturers Celebrated at the Governor’s MAW Luncheon & in Pierce County Schools
The 2012 Governor’s Awards Luncheon honoring the Manufacturer of the Year winners from across Georgia was held Thursday, April 19, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Read More.

OTC Holds Adult Education Graduation Ceremony
Okefenokee Technical College held its Spring 2012 Adult Education General Educational Development (GED) graduation ceremony Thursday evening, April 19, at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

Adult Education Graduates Recognized for Achievement
Brantley County GED graduates were celebrated for their accomplishments at the Brantley County Adult Education Center Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 4 p.m., just before graduation rehearsal. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Meet
Area community and business leaders assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall of Okefenokee Technical College Tuesday evening, April 12, at 6 p.m. for greetings and comments by college officials before dispersing to classrooms to attend their respective advisory committee meeting. Read More.

OTC To Offer Canning and Cake Decorating Classes
Interested in learning how to can or decorate a cake? Okefenokee Technical College is offering classes this summer. Read More.

Wayne Ates is Featured Speaker at Upcoming OTC Administrative Professionals Appreciation Seminar
It’s like a breath of fresh air to hear a speaker nowadays who can have his say without being risqué.  You don’t have to worry about being embarrassed by offbeat and/or off-color humor.  Wayne Ates proves vividly that one can get people to laugh without being rude or crude. Read More.

Buchanan & Pearson Selected for OTC Charles Eames Scholarship
Amanda Buchanan, a clinical lab technology degree student, and Marla Pearson, a practical nursing student, were recently selected as the 2012 recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Charles Eames Scholarship. Mr. Charles Eames and OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton congratulated students. Read More.

Dr. Glenn Deibert Named OTC Interim President
Dr. Glenn Deibert was recently selected by Commissioner Ron Jackson of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) as the interim president of Okefenokee Technical College and began his new position April 2, 2012. Read More.

Dr. Gail Thaxton, Outgoing OTC President, Honored at Reception
Dr. Gail Thaxton, outgoing president of Okefenokee Technical College, was honored March 26 with a “fond farewell” reception. Community leaders and OTC faculty and staff attended the event to express appreciation for her leadership of the College and to wish her well in her new appointment as president of North Georgia Technical College. Her last day as president of OTC is March 30. Read More.

OTC Students Place at State SkillsUSA Competition
Seventeen Okefenokee Technical College students competed at the SkillsUSA Georgia Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta March 15 – 17. Read More.

Dr. Gail Thaxton to be Honored at March 26 Reception
Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of Okefenokee Technical College, will be honored at a farewell reception Monday, March 26, 2012, from 4 – 6 p.m. in Room 210 on the Waycross campus. A brief program will begin at 5 p.m. Read More.

Kimberly Daniels is Okefenokee Tech’s 2012 GOAL Winner
Kimberly Daniels of Ware County is the 2012 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College. Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of OTC, announced Daniels as the winner at the March 1 Waycross Exchange Club lunch meeting. Read More.

Dr. Gail Thaxton Appointed as New President Of North Georgia Technical College
Atlanta/Clarkesville – TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson has announced his choice of Dr. Gail Thaxton to be the next president of North Georgia Technical College (NGTC). Read More.

OTC SkillsUSA Chapter Holds Successful Blood Drive
The Okefenokee Technical College SkillsUSA chapter sponsored a Red Cross Blood Drive on the Waycross campus February 21, 2012, as one of its community service projects for 2012. Read More.

Southeast Georgia Landscape Training Is Huge Success
Over 120 industry professionals attended the Southeast Georgia Landscape Training held February 2, 2012, at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).  The program featured horticulture and landscape experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions. Read More.

Van Herrin Joins OTC Foundation Board of Trustees
Van Herrin was recently named as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Names 2012 Instructor of the Year
Derrell Harris, an instructor in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program, was selected by a panel of judges as the Okefenokee Technical College 2012 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education recipient and will represent OTC in the Rick Perkins Award competition, a statewide program initiated by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) to honor outstanding instructors at the System's 25 member institutions. Read More.

OTC Announces Fall Semester 2011 President’s List
Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of Okefenokee Technical College, has announced the President’s List for Fall Semester 2011. To qualify for this honor, a student must be classified as full-time, have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Read More.

OTC Graduates Ready for Next Challenge
Over seventy-five graduates marched across the stage at the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) 2012 winter commencement held Friday, January 20, 2012, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. The ceremony celebrated graduates for the accomplishment of an important educational milestone. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Four Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the 2012 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are commended for this honor, as the GOAL process requires participants to exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. Read More.

OTC Names 2012 GOAL Nominees
Okefenokee Technical College recently named the 2012 GOAL nominees. GOAL stands for Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership and is the highest student honor for the Technical College System of Georgia. Read More.

OTC Announces New EMT Class
Okefenokee Technical College is pleased to announce it is again offering the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program on its Waycross campus. Read More.

OTC To Offer FREE Income Tax Seminar Jan. 26
Okefenokee Technical College is offering a free income tax seminar Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Miller Lecture Hall on the Waycross campus. Read More.

OTC Class Project Results In Improved Wireless Quality & Availability on Campus
“Can you hear me now?” may not have been their mantra, but nonetheless, it was the nature of the problem that faced one group of students at Okefenokee Technical College in early November 2011. Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation Partners with OTC To Benefit Students
Satilla REMC CEO/President Mr. Romeo Reyes, Satilla REMC  Foundation Chairman Mickey Whittington and P. R. Coordinator Sue Johnson, met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton last month to award the OTC Foundation $5,000 for educational advancement. Read More.

OTC President Updates Rep. Hatfield on Legislative Priorities
Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton welcomed Representative Mark Hatfield to the Waycross campus recently for a campus tour and an update on legislative priorities for the College and the technical college system. Read More.

Pierce industrial development officials see potential for connecting with Georgia ports
One of Pierce County’s options for expanding economic development may lie in the vast industrial presence of Georgia’s ports. Loose “coalitions” of counties united by their location along prominent highways leading to the port system could aid each other in promoting their community and recruiting businesses. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Holiday Schedule
Okefenokee Technical College will be closed for Christmas and the holiday season Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2. The college will reopen Tuesday, January 3. Spring semester classes begin January 5, 2012. Read More.

Brantley Student, Shelia Parker, Selected As EAGLE Winner for OTC
OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton is pleased to announce that Shelia Parker is the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 13-15, 2012. Read More.

OTC EAGLE Winner Announced at Recognition Ceremony
Shelia Parker was recently named the 2012 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award recipient for Okefenokee Technical College and will represent the college at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 13-15, 2012. Read More.

OTC Foundation Golf Tournament Winners Announced
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation 2011 “Tee It Up For Tools” Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament was another fundraising success for OTC and the community. Read More.

OTC Foundation Board Recognized by TCFA at Leadership Conference
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board was recognized by the Technical College Foundation Association (TCFA) at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2011 Leadership Conference last month in Savannah as a Role Model Foundation Board. Read More.

OTC Board of Directors Recognized for 100% Board Certification
The Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors was recognized by the Technical College Directors’ Association (TCDA) at the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) 2011 Leadership Conference in Savannah last month for achieving 100% Board Certification. Read More.

Dr. Keith Johnson Recognized by TCDA
Dr. Keith Johnson, the newest member of the OTC Board of Directors, was recognized as a certified board member by the Technical College Directors Association (TCDA) at the TCSG 2011 Leadership Conference in Savannah last month.  Read More.

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. Read More.

OTC Adult Education Staff Attends 2011 Fall Conference in Atlanta
The Okefenokee Technical College adult education program faculty, executive director, and GED exam staff were in attendance at the 2011 Fall Adult Education Conference held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta October 10-14, 2011. Read More

Meg Parker Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Margaret (Meg) Parker of Alma was recently selected as the fall 2011 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

American Proteins Gives to OTC Foundation for Scholarships
American Proteins, Inc., through the Bagwell Family Foundation, has given over $7,000 in total contributions to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for student scholarships. Read More.

Walker Jones is Hole-In-One Sponsor of OTC Foundation Tourney
A hole-in-one during the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament could win one lucky golfer this beautiful 2011 red Chevy Colorado from Walker Jones. The tourney is today, Friday, November 4, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club and begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golfers begin play at 12:30 p.m.  Read More.

OTC Student Government Association Supports Humane Society
Okefenokee Technical College Student Government Association (SGA) members and advisors recently volunteered several hours of their personal time to assist at the Okefenokee Humane Society. Read More.

Bill Hand and Monica Williams Awarded Waycross Rotary Scholarships
Two Okefenokee Technical College students, Bill Hand and Monica Williams, were recognized at a recent Waycross Rotary Club meeting as the 2011 OTC Rotary Scholarship recipients. Read More.

OTC Automotive Student Wins Gunk Video Contest
James Watson, an automotive technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been chosen as one of five finalists in the 2011 Gunk Serious Solutions Challenge. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Hold Meeting
Area community and business leaders assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall of Okefenokee Technical College Tuesday evening, October 18, at 6 p.m. for greetings and comments by college officials before dispersing to classrooms to attend their respective advisory committee meeting. Read More.

Waycross Rotary Recognizes James Mock for "Service above Self"
James Mock, Okefenokee Technical College campus police chief, was presented the Waycross Rotary “Service above Self” award at a regularly scheduled meeting last fall. Read More.

October 17 Town Hall on Soft Skills Canceled
The Governor’s workforce development town hall meeting on soft skills scheduled for October 17 has been canceled. Plans are underway to hold a virtual town hall meeting October 20, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. for the same purpose, to allow area citizens to participate in the establishment of a statewide certification in soft skills. Details are pending. Please check www.gaworkready.org :: “Town Halls on Soft Skills” for updates.

Jones & Thomas Receive MOAA Scholarships
John Thomas (left) of Homerville and Scott Jones (right) of Nahunta were awarded Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) scholarships at the organization’s September meeting by MOAA Okefenokee Chapter President Frank Baugh (center). Read More.

OTC Debit Cards Are Here!
The reloadable debit card that is strictly for the refund of financial aid. It is not a credit card and you cannot load funds onto the card; only OTC can load funds onto the card. Read More.

Plant Sale at OTC Thursday, October 6
Mark Deal, OTC environmental horticulture (EH) instructor, cordially invites the public to attend a plant sale at the college. Read More.

Dr. Timothy Catchings Gives To Okefenokee Technical College Foundation
Dr. Timothy Catchings, Interventional Cardiologist of Satilla Regional Medical Center, recently met with OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton and OTC Respiratory Care Technology Program Director Faye Mathis to make a significant contribution to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation and to show his support for technical education. Read More.

SRMC Auxiliary Gives To OTC Foundation For Scholarships
Cheryl Crosby, president of the Satilla Regional Medical Center (SRCM) Auxiliary, makes a significant contribution, on behalf of the organization, to the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation for student scholarships. OTC President, Dr. Gail Thaxton, accepted the gift on behalf of the Foundation Board.  Larry Paulk is Foundation Chair. Read More.

Ola Smith Recognized for Distinguished Service to OTC
The Okefenokee Technical College 2011-12 Board of Directors and OTC Senior Staff recognized Ola Smith at the August board meeting for her 12 years of service to the College. Ms. Smith joined the OTC Board of Directors in 1999 and served as a member representing Ware County until 2005 when she was elected Board Chair. Smith’s term ended June 2011. Read More.

OTC Students Selected for Bagwell Foundation Scholarship
Deidre Durance, Stacey Durance, and Cecilia Holton Waldron, all Bacon County residents, were recently selected to receive a Bagwell Family Foundation Scholarship from the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation. Read More.

OTC Respiratory Program Director Faye Mathis Attends GSRC Conference
Okefenokee Technical College Respiratory Care Technology Program Director Faye Mathis was among a host of professional respiratory therapists who recently attended the 2011 annual summer conference of the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care (GSRC). Read More.

James Watson Selected for OTC Street Rods Scholarship
James Watson, Jr. was recently selected as a recipient of the 2011 Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) South Georgia Street Rods Scholarship. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Closed Labor Day
Okefenokee Technical College will be closed Monday, September 5, 2011, to observe Labor Day. The college will reopen Tuesday, September 6. Read More.

CSX Gives to OTC Foundation
Craig Camuso, CSX Transportation regional vice president, and A. A. “Gus” Karle (right) visited the Okefenokee Technical College Waycross campus recently where Camuso presented OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton with a generous donation for the OTC Foundation. Read More.

OTC & Thomas University Officials Sign Articulation Agreements
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and Thomas University (TU) officials recently teamed up to facilitate the transferring of credits from OTC to TU. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton, TU President Dr. Gary Bonvillian, OTC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Danita Cannon, and TU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ann Landis signed two agreements as part of a formal signing ceremony at TU’s main campus Monday, August 1, 2011, in Thomasville, Georgia, forming a stronger bond between the two institutions. Read More.

James Mock Attends 2011 Chief's Summer Training Conference
As part of his continuing education and training in the administration of law enforcement, Okefenokee Technical College’s Assistant Campus Police Chief, James Mock, recently attended the 2011 annual summer training conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College held its 2011 summer commencement Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, deputy commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), was the featured speaker. Read More.

TCSG Deputy Commissioner Will Deliver Keynote Address at Upcoming OTC Commencement July 22
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will deliver keynote remarks at the Okefenokee Technical College commencement to be held Friday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

The Governor’s Workforce Development Town Hall Series on Soft Skills in Education
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development will host The Governor’s Workforce Development Town Hall on Soft Skills in Education series of 31 public town hall meetings allows Georgians, most importantly our students, parents, business leaders, and Georgia’s professional educators, to be a part of the establishment of a statewide certification in soft skills such as punctuality, ability to learn, appropriate business attire, and ability to work as a team for Georgia’s schools. Read More.

Paula Strickland Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Paula Strickland of Waycross is the Summer 2011 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Strickland recently completed the cosmetology program at OTC and passed her state board exam. Read More.

OTC Board Members Take Oath
Three members of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors took the oath of office at the June board meeting held in Room 309 of the Rodney Moore Building, Waycross Campus. Judge Mike DeVane administered the oath to Jack Johnson (Alma), Dr. Keith Johnson (Ware), and Pete Pyrzenski (Ware). Read More

GOWD Executive Director Melvin Everson Visits OTC Campuses & Blackshear Site
Melvin Everson, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, and Jeff Breedlove, deputy director, met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton and other OTC officials in the College boardroom June 1 to discuss workforce development accomplishments and challenges. Andy Brannen, vice president for economic development, and Jason Rubenbauer, continuing education director, led Everson and Breedlove on a tour of the Waycross and Alma campuses following the meeting. Read More.

Welding Students Contribute to OTC Foundation Gala
Instructors and students of the Okefenokee Technical College welding program have designed, fabricated, and painted several metal art pieces for the upcoming OTC Foundation Gritz and Glitz Gala. Read More.

Sapp’s Florists Partners With OTC For Gritz & Glitz Gala
Sapp’s Florists has partnered with Okefenokee Technical College to create a festive, glitzy occasion with floral arrangements and décor for the upcoming 2011 OTC Foundation Gritz & Glitz Gala. Read More.

Display Curio Donated To OTC Foundation for June 4 Gala
Jack Lott, owner of Lott’s Furniture in Waycross, recently presented this gorgeous display cabinet to Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation director, for the live auction at the Foundation’s Gritz & Glitz Gala Saturday, June 4. Read More.

Yarbrough’s Supports Foundation Event: Invites Others To Attend
Danny Yarbrough and Sonny Yarbrough of Yarbrough’s Office Products & Printing in downtown Waycross encourage area residents to purchase a ticket to the 4th annual OTC Foundation Gritz & Glitz Gala. Read More.

OTC Students Learn About Biomass & Rail Link
Representatives with Georgia Biomass and Rail Link met with Okefenokee Technical College electronics students May 19 to share information about their companies and inform students of current and upcoming career opportunities. Read More.

South Georgia Street Rods Gives to OTC Foundation
South Georgia Street Rods, Inc. recently made a generous donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to fund two scholarships for deserving students in OTC’s automotive collision repair technology and automotive technology programs. Read More.

OTC Welcomes New Dean, Ab Pallas
Okefenokee Technical College is pleased to welcome Dr. Abraham Pallas as Academic Dean for Allied Health and General Education, replacing Dr. Jewell Sweat, who retired at the end of March. Read More.

OTC Adult Education Graduates Encouraged to Continue Education
Over 60 graduates from six counties, many of whom have already enrolled in or made application to postsecondary institutions,  
 participated in the Okefenokee Technical College Adult Education GED graduation ceremony held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011. Read More.

Exchange Club of Waycross supports Higher Education
Tony Tanner, president of the Exchange Club of Waycross, recently presented significant contributions, on behalf of the club, to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation and the Waycross College Foundation. Read More.

OTC Radiologic Technology Students Celebrate Pinning Ceremony
Members of the 2011 radiologic technology class of Okefenokee Technical College were recognized and honored with a pinning ceremony March 17, 2011, at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Hold Meeting
The Okefenokee Technical College campus buzzed with activity last Tuesday evening as area community and business leaders dispersed from the general assembly room to the various meeting areas around campus, headed for their respective advisory committee meeting. Read More.

Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh Speaks To OTC Staff
Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh with Action News (First Coast) FOX 30 and CBS 47 spoke on Severe Weather Preparedness to Okefenokee Technical College faculty and staff at a professional development workshop April 19. Read More.

Winners Announced in OTC MAW Art Contest
Fourteen Blackshear Elementary students and five Pierce County Middle School (PCMS) students placed in the 2011 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Students Excel at PBL Competition
ongratulations to Okefenokee Technical College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members for their performance at the South District Conference regional competition. Seven students participated in the event held February 18, 2011, in Dublin, Georgia, according to OTC club advisors Marcia Braddock, Jason Strickland, and Christine Leclerc-Sherling. Read More.

Local Author, Sue Clark, Donates Book To OTC
Local author Susan "Sue" Lott Clark recently donated a signed copy of her most recent book, The Unusual Story of the Okefenokee Heritage Center and Southern Forest World, to Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton (right) accepted the book on behalf of the college. Read More.

Ashley Tincher is Okefenokee Tech’s  2011 GOAL Winner
Ashley Brianne Tincher of Alma was recently selected as the 2011 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College and will be recognized formally March 3 by the Waycross Exchange Club. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Four Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are commended for this honor, as the GOAL process requires participants to exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. Read More.

OTC Students Receive Start-up Tools for Work Success
Jim Hickox and Robert Visicaro are the most recent recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship. Read More.

Amanda Bennett Selected for OTC Charles Eames Scholarship
Amanda Bennett, a surgical technology student at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), was recently selected as the recipient of the 2011 OTC Charles Eames Scholarship. Read More.

OTC Celebrates New Equipment for CTD Program
Thanks USDA & Community

Donnie Thomas, acting state director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, was among those who celebrated the addition of a 2009 Navistar International LoneStar tractor and a 53 foot trailer to the commercial truck driving (CTD) program with students and leaders of Okefenokee Technical College January 13. Read More.

Claire Armstrong Selected As EAGLE Winner for OTC
Claire Armstrong has been chosen to represent Okefenokee Technical College at the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute February 9-11, 2011. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs. Read More.

Congratulations to Eddie Murray, Local Rick Perkins Award Winner
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. Read more.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College held commencement Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Mr. Pete Pyrzenski, general manager of Republic Services, was the featured speaker. Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation Partners with OTC To Benefit Student
Satilla EMC representatives Mr. Romeo Reyes, CEO & president, and Sue Johnson, public relations coordinator, met with Okefenokee Technical College officials Monday, December 13, to award the OTC Foundation a $5,000 educational advancement contribution. Read More.

OTC Awarded Grant for Allied Health Programs
Students enrolled in Okefenokee Technical College allied health programs since July 2010 and individuals interested in health care careers now have the opportunity to receive extra support in their academic endeavors. Read More.

Lena Lewis Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Lena Lewis, a senior cosmetology student from Waycross, is the Fall 2010 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. “I took a few courses here at OTC some years ago,” stated Lewis in her scholarship application. Read More.

OTC English Students 1st in Area to View Movie
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students, their family, and friends showed up early Friday morning at the Waycross Mall Cinema for a special showing of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia series and the third installment of the Narnia movies. Read More.

OTC Participates in Waycross Main Street's Annual Christmas Parade
The employees of Okefenokee Technical College are proud supporters of Waycross Main Street’s Annual Christmas Parade. Read More.

Shannon Graves Receives Military Officers Association Scholarship
Shannon Graves, an accounting student at Okefenokee Technical College, was awarded a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) scholarship at the association’s September meeting by MOAA Okefenokee Chapter President Frank Baugh. Read More.

Prospective Students Enjoy College After Hours at OTC
Okefenokee Technical College put technical education center stage for area residents during the inaugural College After Hours affair. The event was held October 14 on the Waycross campus, and activity filled the main building hallways and front plaza from start to finish. OTC officials, faculty, staff and senior students were on hand to talk to potential and current students about the new age of technical education in Georgia. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Launches New Logo
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) is pleased to unveil its new logo. OTC began the transition to a new look in October with internal communication pieces and promotional items, but now faculty and staff are eager to reveal the college’s official symbol to community supporters and friends. The new signature incorporates elements of the previous logo while introducing new components that move it forward. Read More.

Walker Jones is Hole-In-One Sponsor of OTC Foundation Tourney
Friday, November 5 at Okefenokee Country Club

A hole-in-one during the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament could win one lucky golfer this beautiful 2010 Silverado from Walker Jones. The tourney is Friday, November 5, at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club and begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Golfers begin play at 12:30 p.m.  Read More.

OTC’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Hold Recognition Ceremony
Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter celebrated its accomplishments and members at the organization’s first annual recognition ceremony September 2, 2010, in the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Read More.

South Georgia Street Rods Gives to OTC Foundation
South Georgia Street Rods, Inc. recently made a generous donation to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to fund two scholarships for deserving students in OTC’s automotive collision repair technology program. Read More.

OTC Medical Assisting Students Attend AAMA Conference
Okefenokee Technical College students and OTC medical assisting instructor, Debra Downs, joined over 700 medical assistants from across the country in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, recently to attend the 54th American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) annual conference. Read More.

OTC Nail Tech Students Host WC Softball Team
The Waycross College women’s fastpitch softball team traveled to nearby Okefenokee Technical College recently - not to face a local rival, but to get their nails done. Read More.

Troy Mattox Recognized for Service & Support
Troy Mattox, outgoing member of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors, was presented a “Distinguished Service Award” by Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of OTC, at the June 2010 board meeting. Read More.

Jessica Simmons Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Jessica Simmons of Hoboken is the Summer 2010 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Students Place at State & National SkillsUSA Competitions
Three Okefenokee Technical College students received national recognition for their knowledge and competence at the annual SkillsUSA competition this summer in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College’s first bi-annual 2010 commencement was held Friday, July 16, 2010, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

New Ditch Witch for OTC Lineworker Program
Okefenokee Technical College students in the Electrical Lineworker Apprentice program are eager to try out the new Ditch Witch RT45 recently purchased for the program. Read More.

OTC PBL Members Place at National Competition
The Okefenokee Technical College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) attended the PBL National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, July 9-12, 2010, and were among over 1,200 students from 38 states to compete in various business and computer-related events. Read More.

OTC Students Benefit From Articulation Agreement Between Okefenokee Tech & VSU
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and Valdosta State University (VSU) officials are pleased to announce that they have joined forces to facilitate the transferring of credits between the two institutions. Read More.

CSX Gives to OTC Foundation
Craig Camuso, CSX Transportation regional vice president, and Gus Karle visited the Okefenokee Technical College Waycross campus recently where Camuso presented Cindy Tanner with a generous donation for the OTC Foundation. Read more.

Technical College System of Georgia Will Convert from Quarters to Semesters Starting Fall 2011
ATLANTA -- Georgia’s 26 technical colleges, including Okefenokee Technical College, will convert from the quarter to semester system, beginning with the fall semester in August 2011, a change that furthers seamless education in Georgia and improves the state’s workforce development. Read More.

OTC Foundation Recognizes Spring Academic Scholarship Recipients
Seventeen students were awarded academic scholarships by the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for spring quarter 2010. Read More.

Bullock & Taylor Receive OTC Street Rods Scholarship 
Thimothy Bullock and Danny Taylor were selected as recipients of the 2010 Okefenokee Technical College South Georgia Street Rods Scholarship. Read More.

OTC Foundation 3rd Annual Gritz & Glitz Gala Fun & Successful
The 3rd annual Gritz & Glitz Gala was another memorable, glitzy occasion as over 150 people attended the event held at the Waycross Express Depot June 5, 2010, for an evening of fun to benefit Okefenokee Technical College students and programs. Read More.

Ruger Rifle Donated To OTC Foundation for June 5 Gala
Larry Paulk, Okefenokee Technical College Foundation chair, is shown holding the Ruger 10/22 rifle donated to the Foundation this week by Waycross Bank & Trust. Read More.

Handcrafted Art Donated To OTC Foundation for June 5 Gala
Tommy Nimmer, Okefenokee Technical College Foundation trustee and Farmers & Merchants Bank president (Homerville), recently presented Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation director, with a beautiful walking cane and a uniquely gorgeous flint knife for the silent auction at the Foundation’s Gritz & Glitz Gala. Read More.

Partnership Gets OTC’s New CNC Lathe Training Program Underway
The first class of the new Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Lathe training program at Okefenokee Technical College is underway, and students are already mastering the skills necessary to shape metals and other materials into highly precise measurements. Read More.

OTC Forestry Students Participate In Timber Study
Students in the Okefenokee Technical College forestry program recently took part in a timber inventory study at Dixon Memorial State Park near Waycross. Read More.

Technical Colleges’ Spring Enrollment Climbs 
Atlanta– Spring quarter enrollment in Georgia’s 28 technical colleges is up by 19% over the same time last year. Read More.

OTC Automotive Program Receives National Recertification
Okefenokee Technical College president (right), Dr. Gail Thaxton, proudly announced that the OTC automotive technology program, directed by Mr. Larry Carr, has received recertification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Read More.

OTC PBL Students WOW the Competition
Eighteen members of Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Atlanta on April 8, 2010, for the PBL State Conference and Competition, which was held April 9 - 11, 2010, at the Westin Atlanta North Perimeter. Read More.

OTC Foundation Presents 2010 GOAL Winner with Scholarship
Akino Brown, 2010 OTC GOAL winner, was recently presented with an achievement scholarship award by Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Chair Larry Paulk following the March 29 board meeting. Read More.

Area Law Enforcement Officers Attend DOJ Training
Over 60 area law enforcement officers and 30 licensed firearms dealers were on the Okefenokee Technical College campus recently for training provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a federal law enforcement organization within the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More.

OTC Radiologic Technology Students Pinned
Members of the 2010 radiologic technology class of Okefenokee Technical College were recognized and celebrated with a pinning ceremony held March 11, 2010, at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Donna Yeomans, the radiologic technology program director, assisted by Brent Clemmer, Paula Rouse, and Chrissie Rentz, pinned the twenty graduating students, signifying that they had met the requirements of their program of study.
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Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship Recipients Named
Tammy Adams, Rhea Crews, Marla Griffis, and Marissa Hooks were recently selected as the 2010 recipients of the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship for Okefenokee Technical College. All four ladies are recent graduates of the OTC practical nursing program and will use the award money toward the cost of the nursing licensure exam. Read More.

OTC Students Excel at PBL Competition
Congratulations to Okefenokee Technical College Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) members for their performance at the South District Conference regional competition. Five students participated in the competition, according to OTC club advisors Marcia Braddock and Christine Whitley. Read More.

Akino Brown is OTC GOAL Winner
After graduating high school — before joining the U.S. Marines — Akino Blade Brown was relegated to sleeping on the streets and eating out of garbage cans. In quite a different scenario, Brown, a resident of Alma, stood Thursday before a huge crowd at the Waycross Exchange Club and accepted this year’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) honor. Read More.

Tanner & Thomas Attend TCSG ENERGE Workshop & Learn About Emerging Career Opportunities at Plant Vogtle
Okefenokee Technical College employees Cindy Tanner and Deedee Thomas attended a two-day ENERGE Grant State Workshop hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Read More.

Winners Announced in OTC MAW Art Contest
Eleven Blackshear Elementary students placed in the local Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Students Celebrate Arbor Day
Okefenokee Technical College horticulture students planted a crepe myrtle and elm tree Thursday, February 18, 2010, in celebration of Georgia Arbor Day 2010. Read More.

Technical Colleges’ Winter Enrollment Jumps 26%
Enrollment in the Technical College System of Georgia continues to grow at a record pace with 109,548 students currently attending winter quarter classes. Read More.

OTC ‘Lunch and Learn’ Rousing Success
Okefenokee Technical College and Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce officials hosted the quarterly “Lunch and Learn” workshop Thursday, February 25, 2010. Read More.

Jeffords Is Recognized At Annual EAGLE Awards Ceremony
The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) recognized 30 adult learners February 10, 2010, for their outstanding achievement in the state’s adult education program. Tamara Laura (Lauri) Jeffords, the valedictorian of the Okefenokee Technical College adult education class of fall 2009, was among those named at the event.
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Akino Brown is Okefenokee Tech’s  2010 GOAL Winner
Akino Blade Brown of Alma was recently selected as the 2010 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College and will be recognized formally March 4 by the Waycross Exchange Club. Read More.

Doug Furman is Selected As OTC Instructor of the Year
His energetic teaching style, passion for fabrication, and interaction with students is a clear indication as to why Doug Furman received the 2010 Rick Perkins “Instructor of the Year” Award for Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Five Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. Read More.

Daniels Is 1st Recipient of OTC Charles Eames Scholarship
Jonathan Daniels, a respiratory care technology student at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), is the first recipient of the OTC Charles Eames Scholarship. Read More.

Amy Hiers is Jones Company Scholarship Recipient
Amy Hiers, a respiratory care technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, is the most recent recipient of the Jones Company Scholarship at Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Mark Deal Receives GGIA Educator of the Year Award
Mark Deal, environmental horticulture instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, was chosen as the 2010 Educator of the Year by the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA). Read More.

Southeast Georgia Landscape Training Attracts Over 100 Industry Professionals
Over 100 industry professionals attended the Southeast Georgia Landscape Training held February 4, 2010, at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC).  The event featured horticulture and landscape experts who shared the latest information on pesticide regulations, turf management, and landscape solutions. Read More.

2010 GOAL Nominees Named
Instructors at Okefenokee Technical College recently nominated 19 students for the 2010 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Read More.

Camden Wal-Mart Gives To OTC Adult Ed Program
Doris Cotton, Community Involvement Coordinator, recently presented Darrell Casey, Charlton County adult education instructor, with a check for $1,000 from the Camden County Wal-Mart Super Center in St. Mary’s. Read More.

OTC President & State Officials Discuss Legislative Issues
Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton recently met with Senator Greg Goggans and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) state board member Ben Copeland to thank them both for their support and to inform them of the 2010 legislative priorities of the TCSG and Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College’s summer & fall 2009 commencement was held Friday, January 22, 2010, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

OTC Forestry Students Plant Trees
Okefenokee Technical College forest technology students recently participated in a wildfire regeneration project in conjunction with Georgia Forestry Commission Staff Forester Joe Wall. Read More.

OTC’s Outstanding Instructors Announced
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) president, Dr. Gail Thaxton, is proud to announce the college’s finalists for the 2009 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education. Read More.

United Biomass, LLC Holds Grand Opening and Quick Start Training Partnership Ceremony
A large host of people, approximately 300, withstood the chilly weather Thursday, January 7, 2010, to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening of the Nahunta United BioMass, LLC plant in the Industrial Park in Nahunta, Georgia (Brantley County.) Read More.

OTC Recognizes Outstanding Employees With Eagle Award
Loutrell Harris (Ware), Cynthia Linder (Bacon), and Keith Waters (Bulloch) are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College fall quarter 2009 Eagle Award. The three were recognized for their outstanding job performance at the annual OTC staff Christmas luncheon. Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation and Okefenokee Technical College
Partners in Education

Members of the Satilla REMC Foundation Board, EMC Board of Directors and other Satilla EMC personnel met with Okefenokee Technical College representatives Thursday, December 17, to award a $5,000 educational advancement contribution to the college through the OTC Foundation. Read More.

American Proteins Gives to OTC Foundation for Alma Residents
American Proteins, Inc., through the Bagwell Family Foundation, has given $6,000 in total contributions to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to fund scholarships for students in technical college programs. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for Newly Renovated Alma Campus
Okefenokee Technical College celebrated the completion of its Phase 1 Alma Campus renovations with a ribbon cutting celebration and open house on Thursday morning, December 17, 2009. Read More.

Waycross Rotary Recognizes Crews and Whitley for “Service above Self”
Okefenokee Technical College employees Angie Crews (Charlton) and Christine Leclerc Whitley (Ware) were honored by the Waycross Rotary for “Service above Self” at the club’s December 1, 2009, meeting. Read More.

Emergency Preparedness Drill at OTC Elicits Successful, Coordinated Effort Among Local Agencies
Okefenokee Technical College held a full-scale emergency preparedness drill on the Waycross Campus yesterday, December 11, 2009. Approximately 50 people participated. Read More.

Okefenokee Technical College Accredited By Commission on Colleges
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) has been granted accreditation through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC). Read More.

OTC Foundation Golf Tournament Winners Announced
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation “Tee It Up For Tools” Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament was held November 6 at the Okefenokee Country Club. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Holiday Schedule
Okefenokee Technical College holiday schedule is set. Read More.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Alma Campus
Alma Campus ribbon ceremony date is scheduled. Read More.

OTC SkillsUSA Members Conduct Food Drive
Students in the Okefenokee Technical College SkillsUSA organization wrapped up one of their favorite community service projects just before the Thanksgiving break. Read More.

Expo Showcases TCSG Colleges for Georgia’s School Counselors
Some of the top programs that Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) and the 27 other institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have to offer were on display for the state’s school counselors during the TCSG Expo 2009, which was held at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on Monday, November 23. Read More.

Olvido Rodriguea Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Olvido Rodriguez, a senior cosmetology student from Pearson, is the Fall 2009 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Students Salute Respiratory Therapists During National Respiratory Care Week
National Respiratory Care Week, an annual event that recognizes the work of respiratory therapists and the importance of lung health, is October 25-31, 2009. Read More.

Walker Jones is Hole-In-One Sponsor of OTC Foundation Tourney
Friday, November 6 at Okefenokee Country Club

A hole-in-one during the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament could win one lucky golfer this “sweet” 2010 Toyota Tundra Crew Max 4-wheel drive from Walker Jones. Read More.

OTC Foundation Announces Fall Academic Scholarship Recipients
Amanda Bennett, Robert Visicaro, and Thomas Boatright are among fifteen Okefenokee Technical College students awarded academic scholarships for fall quarter 2009, according to OTC Foundation Director Cindy Tanner. Read More.

WB&T Supports OTC Toolbox Scholarship Fundraiser
Moi Monroe, Kim Clayton, Russell Bates, and Larry Paulk of Waycross Bank & Trust are shown here with OTC President Gail Thaxton to demonstrate support of the upcoming Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Toolbox Scholarship golf tournament. Read More.

OTC Advisory Committees Hold Meeting
The Okefenokee Technical College campus teemed with activity last Tuesday evening as area community and business leaders met with OTC program directors and instructors for the college’s fall advisory committee meeting.
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Leadership Waycross Class Tours OTC Allied Health Building
The Leadership Waycross Class of 2009 toured Okefenokee Technical College’s newly-constructed allied health building last week as their last stop in a productive day. Chad Boyett, OTC’s Facilities Director, served as guide for the group. Read More.

Gordon Lee Receives Military Officers Association Scholarship
Gordon Lee, a veteran and allied health student at Okefenokee Technical College, was awarded a Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) scholarship by MOAA Okefenokee Chapter President Frank Baugh. Read More.

SRMC Auxiliary Gives To OTC Foundation For Scholarships
Matti Gibson, current president of the Satilla Regional Medical Center (SRCM) Auxiliary, presented Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton with a check for $2,000 to fund two $1,000 scholarships at OTC. The scholarships will be awarded to deserving students enrolled in a healthcare program. Read More.

OTC Employees are Recognized
Brent Clemmer, Cindy Tanner, and Chad Whitley are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College summer quarter 2009 Eagle Award and were recognized recently at a local staff meeting for their outstanding job performance. Read More.

OTC Clinical Lab Students Recognized
Members of the 2009 clinical laboratory technology class of Okefenokee Technical College were recognized and celebrated with a reception September 15, 2009. Read More.

BB&T Gives to OTC Foundation
BB&T City Executive Michael Cave and Jeannine Holley of BB&T recently presented Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation to help fund academic and “lifeline” scholarships and grants for deserving OTC students. Read More.

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. Read More.

FBLA & OTC Team Up for another Entrepreneurship Camp
Last August thirteen Brantley County FBLA middle school students participated in the fourth annual Okefenokee Technical College E-Camp, a project-oriented program designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next generation of Brantley County entrepreneurs. Read More.

Jennifer Youmans Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship at OTC
Jennifer “Jenna” Youmans was selected as the 2009 Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for Okefenokee Technical College in April. The award of $500 is generously donated each year, since 2005, by the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship to help students with program-related expenses. Read More.

TCSG Enrollment Hits Record High in FY 2009
The Technical College System of Georgia set a new record high in annual enrollment in Fiscal Year 2009, growing by 7% over the previous year. Read More.

OTC Foundation Announces Summer Quarter Academic Scholarship Recipients
Jennifer McGhin, Veronica Carter, Cassandra Taylor, and Matthew Johnson are among the ten Okefenokee Technical College students awarded academic scholarships for summer quarter 2009. Read More.

Tammy Lee Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Okefenokee Technical College student Tammy Lee of Hoboken was recently awarded the Spring 2009 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship for excelling in the OTC cosmetology program. Read More.

Holly Thornton Receives OTC Foundation Scholarship
Holly Thornton of Patterson was selected as a spring quarter 2009 recipient of an OTC Foundation Academic Scholarship. According to Foundation Director Cindy Tanner, recipients of these scholarships must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet other specific criteria determined by the Foundation scholarship committee. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Ron Jackson, commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), brought the keynote message at Okefenokee Technical College’s Winter and Spring Quarter 2009 Commencement Exercises Friday, July 17, 2009, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

OTC Hosts 2009 Summer ENERGE Educator Academy
Okefenokee Technical College hosted the 2009 Summer ENERGE Educator Academy during the week of June 8, 2009.  Read More.

TCSG Commissioner Will Deliver Keynote Address at Upcoming OTC Commencement July 17
Ron Jackson, Commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), will deliver keynote remarks at the Okefenokee Technical College commencement Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium. Read More.

OTC PBL Members Place at National Competition
Five members of the Okefenokee Technical College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) left for Anaheim, California, on June 19, 2009, to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference. They left as winners and returned as winners, placing nationally in two events. Read More.

OTC Employees are Recognized
Okefenokee Technical College employees were recognized collectively for their outstanding service and dedication to technical education and OTC on June 16, 2009, professional development/staff appreciation day. Individual recognition was also given to fall and spring quarter 2009 Eagle Award recipients. Read More.

Adult Education Honors Banquet Held
Nineteen Brantley County residents were recognized and honored at the annual adult education honors banquet held June 18, 2009, at the Nahunta First Baptist Church Social Hall. Read More.

Ware Employees Graduate from OTC
The Ware County Government Employee cohort has been attending OTC classes together since April 2008 to enhance and upgrade their computer skills. Read More.

All Divisions of OTC’s Waycross Campus Going to 4-Day Work Week
Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton recently announced that all divisions of the Waycross Campus will bein operating on a four-day work week.  Read More.

OTC Foundation 2nd Annual Gritz & Glitz Gala A Success
The 2nd annual Gritz & Glitz Gala was a memorable, glitzy occasion as 163 people gathered at the Okefenokee Golf and Country Club on June 6, 2009, for an evening of fun to benefit Okefenokee Technical College students and programs. Read More.

Tony Smith Receives OTC Foundation Scholarship
David Anthony (Tony) Smith of Nahunta was selected as a spring quarter 2009 recipient of an OTC Foundation Academic Scholarship. Read More.

Area Manufacturers Honored at Local MAW Luncheon
Area development authorities and Okefenokee Technical College hosted a luncheon at the Railway Express Depot in downtown Waycross May 7, 2009, to honor and recognize local manufacturers for their contributions to the community and the economy. Read More.

Mathis is SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year
Faye Mathis has been named the 2009 SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year. Mathis received the award at the Skills competition April 19 in Augusta, Georgia, for exemplary service and leadership to students of Georgia SkillsUSA.  She was nominated by Andrew Jefferson, Continuing Education Director at Augusta Tech and fellow technical college SkillsUSA advisor. Read More.

OTC Officials & Area Manufacturers Attend Governor’s Awards Luncheon
Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Students Take Top Honors at SkillsUSA State Championships
Okefenokee Technical College students earned medals in eleven different competition categories at the SkillsUSA State Championships held April 17-20, 2009, in Augusta, taking home four gold medals and fifteen medals overall. Read More.

Energy Forum Held at Plant Hatch
Area high school representatives joined instructors and staff from Okefenokee Technical College and Altamaha Technical College for an educator-industry meeting, May 6, 2009, at the Edwin I. Hatch Visitors Center in Baxley, Georgia. Read More.

Weatherspoon Receives OTC Foundation Scholarship
Cynthia Weatherspoon of Waycross was selected as one of the winter quarter 2009 recipients of an OTC Foundation Academic Scholarship. Read More.

Gary Mikel Recognized By SGA
Gary Mikel was recognized by OTC Student Government Association (SGA) members at the organization’s April 6, 2009, meeting. Read More.

OTC Foundation Supports GOAL Winner
Gary Mikel (center), 2009 OTC Goal winner, was recently presented with an achievement scholarship award by Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Chair Larry Paulk (right). The OTC Foundation trustees award the scholarship each year to the local GOAL winner to help defray the cost of competing in the various levels of Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition. Read More.

OTC Students Selected for Bagwell Scholarship
OTC President Gail Thaxton (center) congratulated the 2009 recipients of the Bagwell Family Foundation Scholarship and wished them well in their nursing program. Read More.

OTC Radiology Technology Students Pinned
Members of the 2009 radiologic technology class of Okefenokee Technical College were recognized and celebrated with a pinning ceremony held March 12, 2009, at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Donna Yeomans, the radiologic technology program director, assisted by Brent Clemmer and Paula Rouse, pinned the seventeen graduating students, signifying that they had met the requirements of their program of study. Read More.

Kelly Brooks Joins OTC Foundation Board
The Honorable Judge Kelly Brooks of Folkston was recently selected to serve as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read more.

Nicholls Receives OTC Street Rods Scholarship  
Wesley Nicholls (center) was selected as the recipient of the Okefenokee Technical College South Georgia Street Rods Scholarship for 2009. Read More.

Adkins Honored with Annual EAGLE Award
Diane Nichol Adkins of Folkston was recently named the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award winner for 2009. Adkins was nominated for this honor by her Adult Education instructor, Darrell Casey. Read More.

OTC Students Excel at PBL Competition
Eight Okefenokee Technical College students competed in the Georgia Phi Beta Lambda South District Conference competition in Albany, Georgia, on February 20, according to club advisors Leighan Sweat and Amanda Morris Dryden. The club brought home twelve certificates of award: five 1st place awards, three 2nd place awards, and four 3rd place awards. Read More.

SRMC Auxiliary Establishes Endowment Fund at OTC
The Satilla Regional Medical Center (SRCM) Auxiliary recently established the SRMC Auxiliary Presidents Scholarship Fund with the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to provide scholarships to students in healthcare programs at OTC. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Three Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. Read More.

Mark Deal Receives Governor’s Award
Mark Deal, Environmental Horticulture instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, was awarded the Governor’s Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service January 29, 2009, in Atlanta. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College’s Summer & Fall Quarter 2008 Commencement Exercises were held Friday, January 23, 2009, at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

Technical College Executives Graduate from Leadership Academy
Twenty-six technical college executives from across the state of Georgia just graduated from the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy.  Jewell Sweat, Dean for Academic Affairs, was among the 2008 academy class graduates. Read More.Jewell Sweat

Students Nominated for GOAL Award
Instructors at Okefenokee Technical College recently nominated 8 students for the 2009 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Read More.

American Proteins Supports OTC Foundation
Forsyth County business and civic leader Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established a $500,000 Bagwell Family Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund in 2005 to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. Read More

OTC President Gets “Golden Peanut” Award
OTC President Gail Thaxton was presented the Golden Peanut Award by USDA Rural Development State Director Stone Workman last month at an OTC staff meeting. Read More.

Wendy Henderson Receives Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Okefenokee Technical College student Wendy Henderson was recently awarded the Winter 2008 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship for excelling in the OTC cosmetology program. Read More.

OTC Employees are Recognized
Derrell Harris, Gail Reeves, and Jason Strickland are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College winter quarter 2008 Eagle Award and were recognized December 15 at a staff meeting for their outstanding job performance. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Has New Class/Work Schedule
In an effort to reduce utility costs and provide more effective use of energy resources for faculty, staff, and students, the Waycross Campus of Okefenokee Technical College will begin a shortened work week and class schedule January 2, 2009. The modified schedule will continue through spring quarter of 2009 and will be evaluated for continuation beyond that time. Read More.

OTC Officials Update Legislators
State Senator Greg Goggans and Rep. Mark Hatfield were the honored guests at Okefenokee Technical College on December 11. Both were recognized for their support of technical education and informed of major legislative issues that will impact the college and its state-affiliated agency, the Technical College System of Georgia, in the coming session. Read More.

Flash Foods Gives To OTC Foundation
Patrick Jones of the Jones Company recently presented a check for $5,000 to Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton for the Jones Company Endowed Scholarship fund. Read More.

TCSG State Board Reaffirms Technical College Merger Plan
Atlanta – The state board of the Technical College System of Georgia voted today to reaffirm the system’s plan to merge the administrations of 13 of the state’s 33 state technical colleges. Read More.

OTC Skills USA/VICA Sponsors Food Drive
A group of SkillsUSA members recently gathered around a large box of food items that will be given to those in the community who are facing financial hardship. The SkillsUSA chapter at Okefenokee Technical College began collecting non-perishable food items to help families during the holidays. Read More.

Charles Eames Establishes Endowment Fund at OTC
Charles B. Eames, Jr., former director of the Okefenokee Regional Library System (ORLS), recently contributed $20,000 to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation to establish the Charles Eames Endowed Scholarship Fund to benefit OTC students through needs-based scholarships and literacy projects. Read More.

E-Camp Teaches Innovative Thinking
Over the next few weeks, entrepreneurs, educators, community leaders, business owners and young people across Brantley County will celebrate the power of free enterprise and spark energy and interest in the importance of becoming entrepreneurial. Read More.

OTC Foundation Golf Tournament Winners Announced
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation “Tee It Up For Tools” Toolbox Scholarship Golf Tournament was held November 7 at the Okefenokee Country Club. Read More.

Pyrzenski  Joins OTC Board of Directors
At the last meeting of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors, OTC President Gail Thaxton and Board Chair Ola Smith welcomed Pete Pyrzenski, Waycross City Manager, as an official OTC Board Director. Pyrzenski agreed to join the board in August. He began his term in September. Read More.

Nursing Is Career of Choice for Family
In addition to their family bond and friendship, Betty Alexander and her two daughters, Vicki Aldridge and Paula Pittman, share something special - their educational training and career. All three of them completed the nursing program at Okefenokee Technical College and work in the healthcare field. Read More.

OTC Celebrates National Radiologic Technology Week
OTC radiologic technology students participated in activities celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week recently. Senior students participating included Miki Blanton, Candace Corbin, Anthony Thorne, Dixie Franklin, Brittany Brown, and Harry Guest. Read More.

Westberry is Jones Company Scholarship Recipient
Kalen Westberry, who is enrolled in the Imaging Science Assistant program at Okefenokee Technical College, is the most recent recipient of the Jones Company Scholarship at Okefenokee Technical College. OTC President Gail Thaxton presented Ms. Westberry with a scholarship award check and congratulated Kalen on her educational successes thus far. Read More.

OTC Meets Work Ready Goal
An enthusiastic group of Okefenokee Technical College cosmetology and nail technology students “teamed up” recently to help OTC celebrate meeting an important Work Ready goal. Read More.

OTC Hosts Meeting on Economic Development
Okefenokee Technical College officials and area chambers of commerce and development authority officials met recently at OTC to discuss ideas for community growth. Read More.

OTC Salutes Medical Assistants
Okefenokee Technical College officials and OTC medical assisting instructor, Debra Downs, would like to recognize medical assistants in this community for their commitment to excellence and quality healthcare. National Medical Assistants Recognition Week is October 20-24, 2008, and members of this profession will be recognized across the country during this time for their vital contribution to healthcare. Read More.

OTC Adult Ed Program Recognized in Atlanta
At Georgia’s 2008 Fall Adult Education Institute held October 8 – 10 in Atlanta, the GED Testing Center of Okefenokee Technical College won two very special awards. Read More.

CSX Interviews on Waycross Campus
Ten students in the locomotive electrical and locomotive mechanical technical certificate programs at Okefenokee Technical College had the opportunity recently to interview with CSX Transportation representatives. Read More.

Class of 1944 Tours OTC
OTC President Gail Thaxton was delighted to welcome the Waycross High School Class of 1944 to the main campus of Okefenokee Technical College on a Saturday for a special group tour as part of their class reunion activities. Read More.

OTC Employees Recognized
Doug Furman, Angie Crews, and Marvin Woodie are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College summer quarter 2008 Eagle Award and were recognized recently for their outstanding job performance at a local professional development meeting. Read More.

Adult Education Students Recognized
Each quarter, students in the Adult Education Program at Okefenokee Technical College who are working toward their GED exam receive certificates of completion for mastering specific academic levels. Read More

OTC Auto Collision Repair Program Recognized for Community Service Project
Captain Luther Hiers of the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network recently presented an appreciation to OTC automotive collision repair (ACR) instructors Jack Dixon and Terry Simmons for their support of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Coastal Area Traffic Enforcement Network. Carlton Fleming, Peyton Turner, and Wesley Nicholls were among the ACR students who helped refurbish the Rollover Simulator. Read More.

Legislators Tour OTC
U. S. Congressman Jack Kingston and Rep. Mark Williams visited the Waycross campus of Okefenokee Technical College Tuesday. Read More.

Jack Johnson Joins OTC Board of Directors
Jack Johnson of Bacon County recently agreed to serve as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors. Read More.

Batten Earns Electrical License
Andy Batten recently passed the State of Georgia Unrestricted Electrical Contractor’s License exam.  Batten is currently enrolled in the Industrial Facilities Maintenance Technology program at Okefenokee Technical College on the Alma Campus. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Will Benefit From DOL Grant
Atlanta – The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium (GEICC) have received $989,995 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to bolster efforts to meet the workforce needs in the state’s energy industries. Read More.

Tom Davis Presented Award
Tom Davis, former member of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors, was presented a “Distinguished Service Award” by Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of OTC, at a recent meeting. Read More.

Owen Herrin Presented Award
Owen Herrin, former member of the Okefenokee Technical College Board of Directors, was presented a “Distinguished Service Award” by Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of OTC, at the June board meeting. Read More.

OTC Receives USDA Rural Development Grant
Several months ago, the folks at Okefenokee Technical College applied for a grant from the USDA Rural Development Office in the amount of $61,842.
Monday afternoon, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and Stone Workman, state director of USDA Rural Development, presented a check to OTC president Gail Thaxton in the exact amount applied for, $61,842. Read More.

BTC CONTRIBUTES TO EDUCATION
In an effort to further the educational opportunities for telecommunications students in the area, Brantley Telephone Company recently donated a variety of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) equipment to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation for the computer information systems and electronics programs at Okefenokee Tech. Read More.

Henderson Is Recipient of Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Okefenokee Technical College student Misty Henderson was recently awarded the Spring 2008 Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship for excelling in the OTC cosmetology program. Read More.

OTC Holds “Back to School Makeover”
What a great way to get ready for school! Nineteen young ladies from several counties participated in the first ever “Back to School Makeover,” organized by the economic development and cosmetology departments of Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Official Hones Economic Development Skills
Judy Hesters, Director of Continuing Education at Okefenokee Technical College, was one of 13 professionals to earn Certified Economic Developer Trainer (CEDT) status after completing a rigorous program of specialized training. Joining an elite group of more than 100 CEDTs statewide, Ms. Hesters can better help OTC’s service delivery area attract new companies, while helping existing manufacturing and service industries develop a skilled workforce. Read More.

Cathy Daniels Receives Degree
Cathy Daniels, adult education instructor for Okefenokee Technical College, recently earned a masters of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. Read More.

OTC Graduate Featured In FenderBender Magazine
Selena Strickland, a recent graduate of Okefenokee Technical College, is featured on the front cover of the March 2008 issue of FenderBender magazine, a periodical dedicated to covering the latest news in automotive collision repair. Selena graduated from OTC’s collision repair technology program January 2008 and now has her own auto repair business in Brantley County, where she is a resident. Read More.

Adult Education Honor’s Banquet Held
The theme of the 2008 Brantley County Adult Education Honor’s Banquet, “Hooked on Education,” added color and meaning to the annual event held this year on June 12, 2008, at the Nahunta First Baptist Church Social Hall. The décor for the banquet included fishbowls containing live goldfish as table centerpieces, strings of paper fish with a graduate’s name on each fish, fishhooks and fish net. The poster centered among the paper fish read “Catch of 2008.” Read More.

Bennett Supports Foundation Event & Invites Others To Attend
OTC Foundation Chair Larry Paulk, Wilbur James Tire and Battery Service owner Neal Bennett, and OTC President Gail Thaxton exchanged friendly banter recently about who would win the $5,000 grand prize Saturday night. Bennett is shown giving Paulk a $200 check for a ticket to the foundation’s 1st Annual Gritz & Glitz Gala, which will be held at the depot in downtown Waycross Saturday, June 21st. Read More.

Lee Container Gives Generous Support to OTC
Lee Container’s Purchasing Manager, Ryan Daniel, presented a $500 check to Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton in support of technical education and workforce development. Lee Container is an Emerald Sponsor of the foundation’s 1st Annual Gritz and Glitz Gala. Read More.

FMB Gives to OTC Foundation Event
Farmers & Merchants Bank Director, Jimmy Douglas, and FMB City President, Tommy Nimmer, present OTC President Gail Thaxton with a fully camouflaged, 12 gauge, semi-automatic shotgun for the OTC Foundation Gritz and Glitz Gala. Read More.

PrimeSouth Is Generous Supporter of OTC Foundation
On behalf of PrimeSouth Bank, Tess Aldridge, a PrimeSouth customer service officer, presented a $500 check to Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Executive Director Cindy Tanner in support of technical education and workforce development through sponsorship of the foundation’s 1st Annual Gritz and Glitz Gala. On hand for the check exchange was PrimeSouth’s president, Bruce Tison, and credit analyst, Tammy Bennett. Read More.

Daniels is Selected As 2008 Outstanding Instructor
Dr. Steve Pearce, vice president for academic affairs at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), gave the sealed envelope containing the name of the 2008 Rick Perkins winner to OTC President Gail Thaxton. Thaxton, after several false starts for suspense, opened the envelope and announced to OTC staff that Cathy Daniels had been selected as the winner of the 2008 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at OTC. Read More.

Mind Your Own Business…Be an Entrepreneur
Recently, twelve students from Ms. Debra Roberts Business Essentials class at BCHS moved beyond dreaming by focusing on youth entrepreneurship, thanks to a partnership between Okefenokee Technical College, the Alma/Bacon County Development Authority, and Bacon County High School. Read More.

Ware County Receives “Road to Readiness” Award
Recently, Ware County was honored with a "Road to Readiness" Award at the State Workforce Investment Board meeting at Stone Mountain.  Altogether, seventy-four Georgia counties were involved in the Work Ready project. Ware County was one of eleven counties chosen to receive the “Road to Readiness” award which recognizes those counties that have exceeded goals and standards of expectation set by the board. Read More.

OTC PBL Members Compete at State Conference
Eight members of Okefenokee Technical College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Atlanta on April 11 for the PBL State Conference and Competition. Read More.

OTC Student Named as Semi-Finalist in 2008 State GOAL Student of the Year Competition
The Technical College System of Georgia has honored Okefenokee Technical College student Heidi Johnson as one of 12 semi-finalists in the 37th annual Student of the Year competition.  Read More.

It’s the Technical College System of Georgia!
With a stroke of his pen, Governor Sonny Perdue has signed into law legislation that changes the state technical college system’s official name from the old Department of Technical and Adult Education to the new Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG). Read More.

Moi Monroe Presented Gift of Appreciation
Moi Monroe was recently presented a beautiful framed Giclee watercolor of Okefenokee Technical College by OTC President Gail Thaxton in appreciation for his service and support to Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Georgia Author Peggy Mercer Keynote Speaker at OTC Adult Ed Graduation
Peggy Mercer, a resident of Coffee County and a renowned author and teacher, was the featured speaker at the OTC Adult Education graduation ceremony held April 24, 2008, in Waycross.  Read More.

Anna Champion Shares Healthy Living Tips with Adult Ed Class
Okefenokee Technical College’s Adult Education Program enjoys hosting guest speakers every Wednesday. Anna Champion (front, center) was the program’s most recent speaker. Champion will receive her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology this month. She is a personal trainer and an exercise instructor at Energy Fitness in Waycross. Read More.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week - Counties Honored
The development authorities of Bacon, Brantley, and Clinch, along with the Okefenokee Area Development Authority (OADA) and Okefenokee Technical College hosted a luncheon at the Railway Express Depot on April 24, 2008, to honor local manufacturers who provide jobs and contribute greatly to our economy. Read More.

Victoria Conaway and Simmons Manufacturing Co. Officials Join OTC Staff in Atlanta for MAW Luncheon
The development authorities of Bacon, Brantley, and Clinch, along with the Okefenokee Area Development Authority (OADA) and Okefenokee Technical College hosted a luncheon at the Railway Express Depot on April 24, 2008, to honor local manufacturers who provide jobs and contribute greatly to our economy. Read More.

Georgia Author Peggy Mercer to Speak at OTC Adult Ed Graduation
Okefenokee Technical College will hold its Adult Education graduation ceremony on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 7 p.m. in the Waycross Middle School Auditorium in Waycross. Read More.

Congressman Kingston and USDA Director Present Check to OTC
Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA) and Stone Workman, US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Director of Georgia, presented a ceremonial check for $99,000 to Dr. Gail Thaxton, president of Okefenokee Technical College, this past Monday at the Waycross/Ware County Airport. Read More.

OTC Staff Shows Board Members New Truck for Lineworker Program
Prior to their regularly scheduled board meeting last month, Kevin Metts showed Okefenokee Technical College’s Board of Directors the newly purchased truck and trailer for the Electrical Lineworker program. Read More.

Plant Sale at OTC Thursday, April 10
The public is cordially invited to the Spring 2008 Environmental Horticulture plant sale Thursday, April 10. The sale will take place at the Okefenokee Technical College greenhouse located across from the main campus. Read more.

WB&T Officials Present Toolbox Scholarships to OTC Students
Waycross Bank & Trust officials and Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton presented Jutecia Pinckney and Julianna Lacefield with an OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship recently. Read More.

OTC Radiologic Technology Students Pinned
Members of the 2008 radiologic technology class of Okefenokee Technical College were recognized and celebrated with a pinning ceremony held March 19, 2008, at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall. Donna Yeomans, the radiologic technology program director, assisted by Trey Lee and Stacey Thrift, pinned the nineteen graduating students, signifying that they had met the requirements of their program of study. Read more.

Waycross Rotary Presents “Service above Self” Award to Peggy Justice
Ed Avra, Scholarship Director of the Waycross Rotary Club, presented OTC Adult Education instructor Peggy Justice with the 2007 Rotary Club “Service above Self” award for Okefenokee Technical College. This award is reserved for post-secondary faculty and staff who exhibit a dedication to their calling that exceeds the normal bounds of duties and responsibilities. Read More.

OTC Employees are Recognized
Leighan Sweat, Lucious Hicks, and Debra Moody are the recipients of the Okefenokee Technical College winter quarter 2008 Eagle Award and were recognized recently at a local staff development meeting for their outstanding job performance. Read More.

Heidi Johnson is Okefenokee Tech GOAL Winner
Heidi Johnson, a radiologic technology student from Blackshear, was named the 2008 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner at one of the Waycross Exchange Club’s weekly lunch meetings recently. Read More.

Thomas Wesley Completes Certification Training in Telecommunications
Okefenokee Technical College electronics program director Thomas Wesley recently completed an intensive eight-day training program in Sparta, New Jersey, in which he earned three certifications. Wesley is now a C-Tech certified instructor in Copper Based Systems, Fiber Optics Based Systems, and Integrated Systems & Voice Messaging (ISVM). Read More.

Winners Announced in OTC MAW Art Contest
Four Blackshear Elementary students were named winners in the Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Andy Brannen Is Named OTC Vice President for Economic Development
Andrew ‘Andy’ Brannen has accepted the position of Vice President for Economic Development at Okefenokee Technical College, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech PBL Students Excel at Competition
Seven Okefenokee Technical College students competed in the Georgia Phi Beta Lambda South District Conference competition in Warner Robins recently, according to club advisors Leighan Sweat and Amanda Morris. The club brought home six certificates of award: one 1st place award, two 2nd place awards, and three 3rd place awards. Read More.

Gallagher and Smith Complete OTC Computer Program
Brenda Gallagher and Debra Smith receive their exit packets from Laree Thomas, OTC computer instructor, indicating that they are eligible for graduation from the Computer Applications program and will receive their Technical Certificate of Credit this month. Read More

Varn Employees Complete OTC Training for Supervisors
Ten selected employees of Varn Wood Products Co., Inc., in Hoboken, Georgia, recently completed a customized training program, "Performance Leadership for Supervisors," provided by the Economic Development Division of Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Danita Cannon Is New OTC Vice President for Student Affairs
Danita Cannon, former Dean of Instruction at Okefenokee Technical College, has accepted the position of Vice President for Student Affairs, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award
Four Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program. Read More.

Dr. Steve Pearce Is New Vice President of Academic Affairs at OTC
Dr. Steve Pearce, former Vice President of Student Affairs at Okefenokee Technical College, recently accepted the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at OTC, according to OTC President Gail Thaxton. Read More.

Waycross Middle Students Visit OTC
Radiologic Technology student Brenda Thrift presented information about the protective vest used when x-raying to Waycross Middle School students when they toured Okefenokee Technical College recently. Read More.

Community Career Expo Held at OTC
Okefenokee Technical College’s Community Career Expo was held February 28th on the Waycross and Alma Campuses. The Waycross Campus featured over 25 diploma programs. OTC staff and students were on hand to answer questions about all programs, while the Student Affairs staff fielded questions about admissions, financial aid, and job placement. Read More.

Austin Johnson Graduates from Executive Leadership Academy
Twenty-seven technical college executives from across the state of Georgia recently graduated from the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Executive Leadership Academy. Austin Johnson, Director of Instruction on the Alma Campus of Okefenokee Technical College, was among the 2007 academy class graduates. Read More.

OTC Foundation Hosts Appreciation Dinner
The Okefenokee Technical College Foundation recognized and thanked supporters and donors of the college and foundation at an appreciation dinner held Tuesday evening, February 19, 2008. The theme of the event was “Setting the Course for Individual Success and Economic Development.” Read More.

Students nominated for GOAL award
Instructors at Okefenokee Technical College have nominated 14 of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Read More.

Mark Deal Named as 2008 GGIA Board Member
Mark Deal has been selected to serve as one of the 2008 Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) Board of Directors. The GGIA is a non-profit association, incorporated in the State of Georgia, representing the interests of the state's nursery, garden center, and landscape industry. Read More.

King & Prince Seafood Reps Tour OTC
Jim Barton of King & Prince Seafood, along with Paul Ivankovics, HR manager of King & Prince Seafood, toured the Industrial Systems and Electronics lab at Okefenokee Technical College recently to learn more about the college’s maintenance technology and customized training programs. Read more.

Electrical Lineworker Committee Meets to Discuss Program Status
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce Kevin Metts, the new program director, to the group and to discuss program status and updates. As always, another goal of the meeting was to solicit input from the group for program improvement. Read more.

OTC Students Participate in FFA Weld Off
The FFA high school regional Weld Off was held at Okefenokee Technical College on February 7, with seventy-two students from 18 schools competing in four categories: shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), gas metal arc welding (GMAW), oxyfuel cutting, and oxyfuel brazing. Read More.

Technical College System Honors EAGLE Recipients For Achievements In Adult Education
Atlanta
– The Technical College System of Georgia’s Office of Adult Education recognized 37 men and women, including April Musgrove, for their achievements in adult education during a luncheon held Friday at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. Read More.

Legislators Enjoy 3rd Annual ‘Taste of the Technical Colleges’
The 33 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), including Okefenokee Technical College, put technical education’s “wow” factor on center stage for more than 400 state legislators and other dignitaries during the third annual Taste of the Technical Colleges.  Read More.

OTC Receives Grant from Dollar General
The $4,000 grant was awarded to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation in 2007 for the Charlton County Adult Education program. Read More

OTC Scholarship Recipients Thank Trustees
At the January meeting of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation, Foundation trustees met three of this year’s OTC Foundation scholarship recipients. The students introduced themselves and thanked the trustees for their part in providing them financial assistance to attend college. Read more.

Jeremy Harrell Receives Dade-Behring Scholarship
Jeremy Harrell, a Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected to receive the Dade-Behring Clinical Laboratory Technician Scholarship. Read more.

BB&T Gives to OTC Foundation 
Jeannine Holley of BB&T recently presented OTC President Gail Thaxton with a generous donation for the OTC Foundation. Read more.

OTC Foundation Will Offer Scholarships to Graduating Seniors
Thirty $400 scholarships will be awarded to gradating seniors who have plans to attend Okefenokee Technical College in the upcoming year. The scholarships are available to seniors who have a grade point average of 2.5 or better and have been accepted to OTC.  Read More.

Judge Sam Edgar Joins OTC Foundation Board
The Honorable Sam Edgar, State Court Judge of Bacon County, was recently named to the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More.

OTC Holds Memorable Commencement Exercises
The Waycross Middle School auditorium was full of proud and excited family members and friends at the Okefenokee Technical College Summer and Fall 2007 Commencement Exercises, which were held last Friday, January 18, 2008. Read More.

OTC Employees Receive Awards
OTC President Gail Thaxton, along with K. C. Thornton, congratulated Debbie Yarbrough, Christine Whitley, and Paul Dowling as recipients of the Fall Quarter 2007 Eagle Award. These OTC staff members were nominated by their peers as outstanding employees, deserving recognition for their job performance, attitude, customer service, and conduct. Read More.

McGauley is Recipient of OTC Scholarship Funded by Carter’s Body Shop
Jacob McGauley is the recipient of an Okefenokee Technical College Foundation  Scholarship provided by Carter’s Body Shop.  Cindy Tanner, OTC Foundation Executive Director, presented the $500 scholarship award to McGauley recently, and McGauley’s instructor, Terry Simmons, joined them for the presentation and congratulated Jacob for his success in the program. Read More.

Camden Wal-Mart Supports Literacy with Donation to OTC
On behalf of the Camden Wal-Mart Super Center in St. Mary’s, Doris Cotton, Community Involvement Coordinator, (second from left) recently presented Sharon Matejka, Charlton County Adult Education instructor, (left) with a check for $1,000. Read more.

American Proteins Donates to OTC Foundation 
Forsyth County business and civic leader Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, established a $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment in 2005 to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., currently has three locations, including one in Alma, Georgia. Read More.

David Sandiford Receives Pat Knox Award
David Sandiford, a surgical technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Pat Knox Scholastic Achievement Award for maintaining the highest academic average in the class.  Sally Smith, Surgical Technology program director and Sandiford’s instructor, recently presented him with an award plaque and scholarship check. Read More.

OTC Officials Update Legislators
Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC Board of Directors, Foundation Trustees, and the administrative staff hosted the local delegation and state technical college board members on December 13, 2007, to bring them up to date on programs, facility projects, and the needs of the college and its state-affiliated agency – the Technical College System of Georgia. Read More.

Bennett Named to OTC Foundation Board
Wes “Ben” Bennett IV was recently named as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Bennett is owner of Bennett Insurance Agency in Blackshear and has over eight years of experience in this business. Read more.

Second Annual OTC Poster Challenge
Latheresa Bostick and Brian Cribb were recently selected as the winners of the 2nd Annual Poster Challenge Contest sponsored by the Okefenokee Technical College Library and the OTC Foundation. Read More.

Hayes Is Recipient of Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
Ramona “Erica” Hayes (center) was recently named as the Fall 2007 recipient of the Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship. Cindy Tanner (right), OTC Foundation Director, and Ollie Harkleroad (left), OTC cosmetology instructor, were on hand to congratulate Hayes and present her with the award check. Read more.

Starry Night Festival
The Okefenokee Technical College campus sparkled with starry lights at the second annual Starry Night Festival held Thursday night at the Waycross Campus. OTC staff,  students, friends and their families attended the festive event. Read More.

Educators Tour OTC
A group of Ware County High School educators visited the Okefenokee Technical College Waycross Campus on fall quarter’s Campus Tour Day held November 15, 2007. The group enjoyed presentations by OTC students and instructors. They also received information about course requirements, salary ranges, and job opportunities relevant to the many programs available at the college. Read More.

Furman Earns Welding Certifications
Doug Furman, Welding and Joining Technology instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, earned his welding inspector (CWI) and welding educator (CWE) certifications on November 1, 2007, after completing a certified inspection seminar held October 14-21, 2007, in Miami, Florida at the American Welding Society world headquarters. Read More.

Davis Is WSL Scholarship Recipient at OTC
Amanda Morris (right), representing the Waycross Service League (WSL),  recently presented a scholarship check to Leslie Davis, who is the 2007 recipient of an OTC scholarship made possible by the members of the Waycross Service League, a service organization for women. Read more.

CSX Gives to OTC Foundation
Jim Strickland, CSX Superintendent of the Waycross Rice Yard, and Gus Karle recently presented Cindy Tanner with a very generous donation to the OTC Foundation. Read more.

Ambia Kicklighter is OTC Scholarship Recipient
Ambia Kicklighter (left) was recently chosen as the first recipient of the Okefenokee Technical College Medical Assisting Scholarship. Kicklighter, who is in her last quarter, has excelled in the program. Read More.

Cherie McCarthy Retires From Okefenokee Technical College
Cherie “Pie” McCarthy, Executive Assistant to the President and a familiar, friendly face at Okefenokee Technical College since May 1977, has retired after a 30-year career. Read More.

Satilla REMC Foundation Gives to OTC
R. L. (Bobby) Lewis, Chairman of the Satilla REMC Board and Director of Appling County, recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, with a very generous cash donation of $10,000 on behalf of the Satilla REMC Foundation. Read more.

Judge Michael Boggs Joins OTC Foundation Board
The Honorable Judge Michael P. Boggs was recently selected to serve as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Superior Court Judge Boggs serves on the Waycross Judicial Circuit, which serves Bacon, Brantley, Charlton Coffee, Pierce and Ware counties. “Judge Boggs has been a good friend to OTC over the years,” states OTC President Gail Thaxton, “and we are pleased that he has joined our Board.” Read More.

GED Graduation Ceremony Held
Okefenokee Technical College held its Adult Education Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Waycross Middle School Auditorium in Waycross, Georgia. GED graduates from six counties - Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware - were in attendance.  Read More.

Flash Foods Gives To OTC Scholarship Fund
Patrick Jones of the Jones Company recently presented a very generous contribution to Okefenokee Technical College President Gail Thaxton toward a $25,000 endowed scholarship fund. Read More.

Respiratory Care Week
Please join the Respiratory Care Technology department at Okefenokee Technical College in recognizing and thanking respiratory care professionals for their contributions to our health. This week is National Respiratory Care Week.
Respiratory Therapists are sometimes referred to as “The Lung Health Experts.” Read More.

OTC Submits Grant Application for BCHS Career Academy
Okefenokee Technical College recently submitted a grant application with hopes of being awarded funding for a Career Academy. The Career Academy funding would be used toward the construction of an additional facility for the Brantley County Schools Career Academy. Read More.

Brian Cribb Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship  
Brian Cribb was recently selected as the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship recipient for 2007. The award of $500 is generously donated by the Okefenokee Ministerial Fellowship. The OTC Foundation Ministerial Fellowship fund was established in 2005 to help students with expenses related to attending Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Recognizes Medical Assistants during MA Week
The Okefenokee Technical College Medical Assisting department is gearing up to celebrate Medical Assistants Recognition Week October 15–19, 2007. Medical assistants will be recognized across the country during this special week and honored on Medical Assistants Day, October 17, 2007. Read More.

Bruce Tison Named to OTC Board of Trustees
Bruce Tison was recently named to serve as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read more.

Spears Receives Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship
Nicole Spears, a nursing student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected as the first recipient of the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship. Cindy Tanner, OTC Resource Development Director, recently presented Spears with her scholarship check. Read More.

NEW GED Test Scholarships Available
The GED Testing Service in Atlanta recently received a monetary gift that will be used as a scholarship fund to pay the GED test fee for qualified candidates who live in counties in rural Georgia, including Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce and Ware. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Receives “Stay In School” Grant
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) has been awarded a $61,375 grant aimed at helping young people stay in school. The "Stay in School" grant is a competitive grant, totaling $1 million; it is funded through Georgia's Stay in School program. Okefenokee Technical College was one of nine recipients out of 34 schools in Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) to be approved for these funds. Read more.

Andy Stone Joins OTC Foundation Board
Miles A. Stone “Andy” of Clinch County was recently elected to serve as a member of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More.

Dr. Neil Aspinwall Is Honored at OTC
The Okefenokee Technical College staff gathered on August 9, 2007, to honor and extend best wishes and continued success to Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Vice President of Economic Development. Read More.

Lauren Stevens Receives OTC Workforce Scholarship
Cindy Tanner, OTC Director of PR/Resource Development, recently presented Lauren Stevens, a cosmetology student, with a scholarship award check for $125 to be used toward her state board license exam fee. Read More.

OTC Students Learn About Job Opportunities with Gulfstream
Ashley Samuels, Gulfstream Workforce Development Program Manager, and James Kelley III, Gulfstream Senior Manager of Service Center Operations, visited the Okefenokee Technical College campus recently to promote Gulfstream and share information about current and upcoming job openings. Read More.

Phi Beta Lambda Makes Donation
Okefenokee Technical College Phi Beta Lambda Chapter members Brad Williamson and Alana Peeples recently spearheaded an effort to donate school supplies and backpacks to Lisa Hyatt of the Magnolia House. Read More.

OTC “breaks a block”
Hailed as a “driving force in the economic engine” that will help propel Alma and Bacon County in the future — Okefenokee Technical College is preparing to begin work on their new Alma campus. Read More.

Carter’s Body Shop Gives To OTC Foundation
Mike Carter, owner of Carter’s Body Shop, Inc. on Highway 84, recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation to help fund scholarships for deserving students in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program. Read more.

OTC GroundBreaking Ceremony
With the turn of a few shovels of dirt, officials at Okefenokee
Technical College began a process that will assure future medical,
nursing and laboratory technology students have the best, most
affordable and most thorough means of learning their chosen trade. Read More.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College’s Winter and Spring 2007 Commencement Exercises were held on Friday, July 13, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Read More.

Hollee Elliott Receives SunTrust Scholarship for OTC
Sam Wiley, Vice President of SunTrust Bank, recently presented Hollee Elliott, a 2007 Ware County High School graduate, with an award check. Elliott is the recipient of the 2007 SunTrust Scholarship for Okefenokee Technical College. Read more.

Okefenokee Technical College Electrical Lineworker Class Graduates
The first class of the new Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship (ELA) program at Okefenokee Technical College recently completed all of the requirements for graduation. Read more.

Summer Manufacturing Academy is Great Success
The second annual Summer Manufacturing Academy was held June 5-7, 2007, as a joint partnership between East Central Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College.  Nine students participated in the program, which was sponsored by B-Way Corporation and Lee Container. Read More.

Entrepreneurship Camp – “Exploring the Possibilities of Entrepreneurship” Teaches Innovative Thinking
Twenty-three campers, community leaders, educators, parents and business owners from Brantley County took part in the week-long activities that comprised the second annual Entrepreneurship Camp. Read More.

OTC Adult Ed Instructors Complete Computer Class
Okefenokee Technical College’s Adult Education instructors, along with several staff members, completed OTC’s 15-month Computer Application Specialist certificate on June 12, 2007. Read More.

Cochran Is Recipient of Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship
On behalf of Dr. John Pike, Cindy Tanner recently presented a check to cosmetology student Allison Cochran, who is the recipient of the Brooksie A. Pike Memorial Scholarship for the Summer 2007 graduating class. Read more.

South Georgia Street Rods Gives to OTC Foundation
Lenard Johnston, President of South Georgia Street Rods, Inc., recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation to help fund scholarships for deserving students in the Auto Collision Repair Technology program. Read more.

OTC Cosmetology Students Get Trend Update
Gloria Timmerman of the Amici Salon in Augusta, Georgia, conducted a Trend Update Class on color and cuts for Okefenokee Technical College cosmetology students recently. Read more.

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.
Read More.

OTC Admin Staff and Distance Ed Coordinator Recognized
At a recent staff meeting, members of the OTC Staff were recognized with Public Employee Recognition Awards. Read more.

Strickland Takes Top Honor in State SkillsUSA Event
Okefenokee Technical College SkillsUSA is pleased to announce that Selena Strickland, an Automotive Collision Repair student and the 2007 college GOAL winner, won 1st  place (Gold) in the Collision Repair Technology competition held at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, Georgia. Read more.

OTC’s Outstanding Instructors Announced
Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) president, Dr. Gail Thaxton, is proud to announce the college’s finalists for the 2007 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education. The nominees are Larry Carr, Automotive Technology; Derrell Harris, Computer Information Systems; and Laree Thomas, Computer Technology. Read more.

Brantley Adult Education Graduation
The Brantley County Adult Education Honor’s Banquet was held May 14, 2007, at the Nahunta First Baptist Church Social Hall. The elegant event feted 19 of the 52 graduates of the Brantley County program, 17 of whom are honor graduates. The Brantley County Family Connection organization sponsored the memorable evening. Read more.

OTC Students Selected for Bagwell Scholarship
Cindy Tanner, Director of Resource Development at Okefenokee Technical College, recently presented Daniel Alderman, Alice Flaborea, and Bradley Williamson a scholarship check made possible by the Bagwell Family Scholarship fund. Read more.

OTC Radiology Student Pinning Ceremony
Members of the 2007 Radiologic Technology class of Okefenokee Technical College received their pins during an impressive ceremony at the OTC Miller Lecture Hall on March 15, 2007. Read more.

Crosby's Supports OTC Driver Education
Jack Anderson (left) and Tara Morrison, Sales Managers of Crosby Pontiac – Cadillac – GMC, recently turned over the keys to this Nissan Altima to Okefenokee Technical College Driver’s Ed instructor E. B. Price (right), for use in the college’s spring quarter Driver’s Education classes. Crosby Pontiac – Cadillac – GMC generously supports OTC and this program by providing a new vehicle each quarter for use in the program. Read more.

Kelli Delk Is OTC Child Enrichment Director
Kelli Delk assumed full-time employment with Okefenokee Technical College as the new Child Enrichment Center Director August 2006. The college administration and staff are pleased to have Delk on board. As director, Mrs. Delk directs and manages the overall operation of the center. Read more.

Winners Announced in OTC Manufacturing Appreciation Art Contest
Dr. Tammy Theologus, principal of Blackshear Elementary School, was on hand recently to congratulate eleven Blackshear Elementary students for winning the Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Competition sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. Students in Mrs. Lisa Gillis’s and Mrs. Sprucy Jones’ classes were asked to depict the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities through a placemat design. Read More.

Selena Strickland Is OTC’s 2007 GOAL Winner
Selena Strickland, a Brantley County student at Okefenokee Technical College, was honored with the 2007 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) Thursday. Strickland is pursuing a diploma in Automotive Collision Repair Technology. Read more.

OTC Student Receives Street Rods Scholarship
Selena Strickland was recently presented a scholarship check by Cindy Tanner, OTC’s Director of Resource Development. The scholarship was made possible by South Georgia Street Rods, Inc. Read More.

Houston Douberly is Jones Company Scholarship Recipient
Houston Douberly, an industrial systems technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected as a recipient of the 2006-2007 Jones Company Endowed Scholarship award. Read more.

OTC Dual Enrollment Students Are “Top Gun” Welders
Justin Harris, Dusty Rowland, and Brent Strickland, dual enrollment students at Okefenokee Technical College, along with Mitch Sinclair (not shown), placed first in the FFA Area VI Welding CDE “Weld Off,” held recently in the welding lab at Okefenokee Tech. Read More.

Georgia Power Gives to OTC Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program
James Willis, Area Manager of the Georgia Power Company, recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, with a very generous donation to the OTC Foundation for the Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program. Read More.

OTC Holds GOAL Reception
Dr. Gail Thaxton, Okefenokee Technical College President and the Student Government Association (SGA) hosted a reception for all 2007 GOAL nominees, their guests, and the nominating instructors on February 13, 2007. Read More.

OTC Students Nominated For GOAL
Okefenokee Technical College instructors have nominated 15 students for the 2007 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. The nominees attended an orientation luncheon sponsored by the OTC Student Government Association (SGA) on February 2. Read More.

Legislators Enjoy a ‘Taste’ of the State’s Technical Colleges
A huge crowd of legislators and state leaders filed into the Georgia Rail Depot in Atlanta on Tuesday, January 30, to take part in the Technical College System of Georgia’s second annual “Taste of the Technical Colleges.” Each of the system’s 34 technical colleges, including Okefenokee Technical College, was featured in the gala that showcases the very best in technical education programs for the members of the General Assembly. Read more.

Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program to Begin at OTC
Okefenokee Technical College will begin its first Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program beginning April 2007. This program is being started at the request of several utility companies. Read More.

Blackshear Elementary Teachers Complete Class
Learning computer software can be fun. Several teachers from Blackshear Elementary School recently completed Okefenokee Tech’s SCT 100 class in order to earn PLU credit. Their instructor, Laree Thomas, described the Tuesday night group as very enthusiastic and gregarious. They named themselves the “Tuesday Night Talkers,” but according to Thomas, the “talking” was about their studies.  Read more.

OTC Holds Commencement Exercises
Okefenokee Technical College’s Summer and Fall 2006 Commencement Exercises were held on Friday, January 12, 2007, at 7 p.m. at the Waycross Middle School auditorium. Following the invocation by Dr. Steve Pearce, Waycross Fire Chief Cedric Scott delivered the commencement address. Read more.

Lelia Timmerman Receives Dade-Behring Scholarship 
Lelia Timmerman, a Medical Laboratory Technology student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected to receive the Dade-Behring Clinical Laboratory Technician Scholarship. Read more.

OTC Officials Update Legislators   
Representative Mark Hatfield (left) and Representative Mark Williams (back center) listen as Dr. Gail Thaxton and OTC welding instructor, Doug Furman (right), update them on the work of the college and the need for additional space in the welding lab to increase efficiency, growth, and mobility. Read more.

Rotary Awards Service above Self
Ed Avra (left), Scholarship Director of the Rotary Club, presented Lisa Howell and Sally Smith (right) with the 2006 Rotary Club “Service above Self” awards. This award is reserved for post-secondary faculty and staff who exhibit a dedication to their calling that exceeds the normal bounds of duties and responsibilities. Read more.

CSX Gives to OTC Foundation
At a recent luncheon held at Okefenokee Technical College, CSX executive vice president Clarence Gooden presented a check to Dr. Gail Thaxton for the OTC Foundation. Read more.

Poster Challenge Winners Announced
Cassie Clemons, Christine Whitley, Amy Johns and Wanda Jacak display the two winning posters at the Poster Challenge Celebration Ceremony held November 5, 2006, in the Miller Lecture Hall at Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

Satilla REMC Donates to Foundation
Robert Rentrow, President/CEO of Satilla REMC, along with Mark Johnson, Chief Operating Officer at Satilla, recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation. Read More.

OTC Foundation Celebrates Campaign Success
At a recent staff development meeting, the Okefenokee Technical College faculty and staff celebrated another successful internal campaign drive. Cindy Tanner, Director of Resource Development, announced that the fund drive was immensely successful. Read more.

OTC Holds Adult Education Graduation Ceremony
The Okefenokee Technical College Adult Education Program held its General Educational Development (GED) Graduation Ceremony on October 26 at Sweat Memorial Baptist Church in Waycross, Georgia. Read more.

Jewell Sweat Promoted to Director of Instruction
Dr. Jewell Sweat, employed with Okefenokee Technical College as a radiologic technology instructor since 1990, has accepted a new position at OTC - Director of Instruction for General Education/Learning Support/Personal Services/Allied Health. Read more.

American Proteins Donates to OTC Foundation
Forsyth County business and civic leader Tommy Bagwell and his wife, Chantal, recently established a $500,000 Bagwell Family Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for students attending technical colleges located near their family business locations. The family business, American Proteins, Inc., currently has three locations, including one in Alma, Georgia. Read More.

Deedee Thomas Joins OTC Staff
Deedee Thomas recently accepted the position of Director of Tech Prep and Career Transition Services at Okefenokee Technical College. In this position, Mrs. Thomas is responsible for implementing and marketing Tech Prep and career transition program activities and preparing grant proposals, among other duties. Read More.

Brooksie Pike Scholarship Awarded
Kathy Davis, cosmetology program advisory committee member recently presented a check to cosmetology student Carol Williams, who is the recipient of the Brooksie A. Pike Memorial Scholarship for the fall 2006 graduating class. Read more.

Flanders Sponsors “Toolbox Scholarship”
Chris Huff, President of Flanders Provision Company, recently presented Cindy Tanner with a check for the OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship Fund. Read more.

PrimeSouth Bank Gives to OTC Foundation
Bruce Tison, President of PrimeSouth Bank in Waycross, recently presented Dr. Gail Thaxton with a generous donation to the OTC Foundation Toolbox Scholarship fund. Read more.

WSL Provides OTC Scholarship
Amanda Morris, representing the Waycross Service League,  recently presented scholarship checks to Kristen Griffin and Nancy Davis. Read more.

BWAY Announces Quick Start Training Initiative
BWAY Packaging of Homerville, Quick Start, and Okefenokee Technical College recently entered into a training agreement that brought the directors of all three together for a formal signing ceremony. The Training Agreement Signing Ceremony took place at 9 a.m., October 25, 2006, at Brockway Packaging. Read more.

OTC Welcomes Gail Hancock to Staff
Gail Hancock recently joined the OTC staff as the receptionist in the Student Services department. Read more.

Plant Sale at OTC this Friday
The public is cordially invited to the Okefenokee Technical College Fall 2006 Plant Sale to be held Friday, October 27, 2006. Read More.

OTC Recognizes Medical Assistants During MA Week
Okefenokee Technical College is proud to announce the outstanding accomplishments of the OTC medical assisting students and the medical assisting program during this week, as it is designated as Medical Assistants Recognition Week. October 16-20, 2006, is designated by the American Medical Technologist (AMT) and the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) as a time that medical assistants are recognized across the country. Read More.

Larry Godair Joins OTC Staff As Director of Instruction 
Larry Godair has joined the Okefenokee Technical College staff as Director of Instruction – Evening Division. He comes to OTC from East Central Technical College in Fitzgerald, Georgia. Read More.

Carrie Carter Receives Ministerial Fellowship Scholarship  
Carrie Carter accepts her scholarship check from Cindy Tanner, Okefenokee Technical College Director of Public Relations & Resource Development. Read More.

OTC Kicks Off Fall Quarter
During the traditional lunch or supper hours students were treated to grilled hotdogs, chips, and drinks by the instructional staff. Read More.

Marla Tyler Is Recognized
The Adult Education staff of Okefenokee Technical College treated Marla Tyler to an elegant retirement party on September 14, 2006, at the Okefenokee Country Club. She has held her current position of Director of Adult Education at OTC for the past six years, but has worked in education since she first moved to Georgia. Read More.

FFA Students Prepare for Exchange Fair Competition
Floriculture Identification for FFA students in an effort to help prepare them for the regional FFA Floriculture Identification Competition at the Waycross Exchange Club fairgrounds next week. Read More.

Gibson is Director of Career Placement and Development
Charlie Gibson recently accepted the position of Director of Career Placement and Development at Okefenokee Technical College. In this position, Mr. Gibson will be responsible for coordinating the division of career placement services, which includes collecting and analyzing placement data; marketing career services to area employers; and assisting students in the following: resume and interview preparation, job opportunities, and career majors.
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Tanner Named Public Relations Director
For the past 14 years, Cindy Tanner has been making a significant difference in the lives of students enrolled at Okefenokee Technical College and in the Waycross community as well. She has worked to secure student scholarships for deserving students, and has supported our community through the American Cancer Society and the Lighthouse Institute. Read More.

OTC Announces Winners of Prevention Brochure Contest
Paula Pittman and Samantha San Nicholas are the winners of the Health Psychology Prevention Brochure Contest sponsored by New Connections to Work and the OTC Student Government Association. Read More.

Karen Boyle Is New OTC Retention Coordinator
Karen Boyle recently accepted the new position of Retention Coordinator at Okefenokee Technical College. As Retention Coordinator, Mrs. Boyle provides retention counseling services and is responsible for the overall effort to develop and implement the college’s retention strategies. Read More.

Entrepreneurship Camp – “Exploring the Possibilities of Entrepreneurship” is Huge Success
Thirteen Brantley County FBLA Middle School students participated in the first ever Entrepreneur Camp funded by a grant from the One Georgia Authority. The $2,500 grant enabled the young, developing entrepreneurs to attend Okefenokee Technical College and participate in activities designed to engage them in entrepreneurial thinking. Read More.

Art Display at OTC Library
Come see what the talented employees of Okefenokee Technical College do when they are not working. Wanda Jacak, the librarian at the OTC library and her staff would like to invite everyone to drop by the Waycross Campus library during regular hours and view the OTC staff art work. Read More.

Cardwell Represents OTC at Consortium
Bob Cardwell, the Okefenokee Technical College Rick Perkins recipient for 2006, attended a consortium level competition for the statewide Rick Perkins award on July 20, 2006. Read More.

Judy Hesters-Scott Joins OTC
Judy Hesters-Scott was recently hired at OTC as the new Business and Industry Services Specialist. She began her duties May 15. As the Business and Industry Services Specialist, Ms. Hesters-Scott coordinates and promotes the continuing education program of OTC to public and private organizations in the college’s service area. Read More.

Kayla Chaney To Address OTC Graduates At Friday Night Ceremony
Kayla Chaney, a Radiologic Technology student at Okefenokee Technical College and the 2006 statewide GOAL winner, will be the featured speaker at OTC’s evening commencement to be held at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on July 14. Read more.

Robert Sweat Retires from OTC
Robert Sweat, Career Placement Director at Okefenokee Technical College, was honored with a retirement luncheon on June 28, 2006, for his 29.5 years of service at the college. Read more.

Okefenokee Tech Officials Gain Economic Development Skills
Dr. Steve Pearce, vice president of student Services at Okefenokee Technical College, and Austin Johnson, Director of Instruction, are two of 20 professionals to earn Certified Economic Developer Trainer (CEDT) status after completing a rigorous program of specialized training. Read More.

Eddie Murray Joins OTC Staff
Eddie Murray, a former statewide GOAL finalist and active PBL member at Okefenokee Technical College, is now part of the staff. Mr. Murray accepted the position of Computer Information Systems Networking Specialist/Microcomputer Specialist instructor in March 2006. Read More.

OTC Electronics Program Welcomes Engineer and Entrepreneur from Baltimore
Morris Tischler, an experienced teacher, research scientist, licensed broadcast engineer, writer, inventor, and seasoned international educational consultant, conducted a two-day workshop at Okefenokee Technical College June 19 & 20. Those attending the workshop learned about Biomedical Engineering, among other related topics. Read More.

Wal-Mart Donates to OTC Adult Education Program
On behalf of the Wal-Mart Super Center in St. Mary’s, Doris Cotton, Community Involvement Coordinator, recently presented Sharon Matejka, Charlton County Adult Education instructor,with a check for $1,000. Read More.

Georgia Street Rods Donate to OTC Foundation
Lenard Johnston of the Georgia Street Rods, Inc. recently presented a generous check to Cindy Tanner, Okefenokee Technical College Resource Development Coordinator, for the OTC Foundation. Read more.

Kayla Chaney is Technical College Systems Statewide Student of the Year
An Okefenokee Technical College student has been named the 2006 state winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award.  Kayla Chaney, a radiologic technology student who lives in Douglas received the honor during the annual GOAL banquet in Atlanta on May 25.  Read more.

Cardwell is Selected as Outstanding Instructor
Dr. Ron Key (Right), vice president of instruction at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), recently announced that Bob Cardwell was selected as the winner of the 2006 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education at OTC. Read More.

OTC's Outstanding Instructors Announced
Dr. Ronald Key, vice president of instruction at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), recently announced the college’s finalists for the 2006 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education. Read More.

OTC Nursing Students Assist Satilla Care Center and WMS
Okefenokee Technical College nursing students who are interning at Satilla Care Center on Riverside Avenue this quarter volunteered to help add a little sunshine to the center by planting flowers and installing a goldfish pond. Read More.

Nurses Honored in OTC Pinning Ceremony
Members of the Okefenokee Technical College Practical Nursing Class of 2006 received their nurses’ pins and caps during an impressive Pinning and Candle Lighting Ceremony on March 16, 2006, in Alma, Georgia. Read more.

Area Manufacturers Are Honored At Luncheon
The Development Authorities of Bacon, Brantley, and Clinch, along with the Okefenokee Development Authority and Okefenokee Technical College hosted a luncheon at the Railway Express Depot on April 25, 2006, to honor area manufacturers who provide jobs and contribute greatly to our economy. Read more.

Jones Company Scholarship Endowment Established at Okefenokee Tech
Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, Patrick Jones of the Jones Company, and Cindy Tanner of OTC recently met at the Phoenix to complete the paperwork that will establish the first endowed scholarship at OTC to fund two scholarships annually. Read More.

OTC Graduates Ten Classes from Freight Conductor Program Since January
Since January 2006 the Okefenokee Technical College Freight Conductor program has had the privilege of holding ten graduation ceremonies. Right now, OTC is running two freight conductor classes and will have two more starting in less than two weeks. Read more.

OTC Welcomes Cassie Clemons to Staff
Cassie Clemons has joined the staff of Okefenokee Technical College as the new Library Assistant. Cassie began her new position April 3, assuming responsibility for circulation and statistical reports, among many other duties. Read more.

Rhonda Jordan Receives OTC Workforce Scholarship
Suzanne Britt, Practical Nursing instructor, presents Rhonda Jordan with her scholarship “tools.” Rhonda is the first recipient of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Workforce Toolbox Scholarship. Read more.

OTC Students Embrace National Gardening Month
April is National Gardening Month. Okefenokee Technical College Environmental Horticulture EHO 102 students celebrated the event by planting a flower garden next to the OTC Childcare Center. Read more.

It’s Official – State Funds OTC Expansion in Waycross and Alma
Governor Sonny Perdue had recommended funding for two building projects for Okefenokee Technical College back in January and indications were favorable that the funding would be approved, but now it is official. The General Assembly has appropriated the bond funds in the FY 2007 budget to complete both proposals. Read more.

Brooksie A. Pike Scholarship Awarded
Dr. John Pike, former President of OTC, recently presented a check to cosmetology student Kimberly Pollock, who is the recipient of the Brooksie A. Pike Memorial Scholarship for the spring 2006 graduating class. Read More.

Okefenokee Tech Nominates Manufacturers for Award
Okefenokee Technical College has nominated seven area manufacturers for the statewide Manufacturer of the Year award. Read More.

Gloria Thomas Retires From OTC
Gloria Gattis Thomas, Director of Public Relations at Okefenokee Technical College, was recently honored at a retirement luncheon by the faculty and staff for her twenty-six years of service to technical education at OTC. Read More.

Brummett Elected to Georgia Chapter of Women Work
Tracy Brummett, New Connections to Work Coordinator at Okefenokee Technical College, was recently elected Vice President of the Georgia Chapter of Women Work! Read More.

OTC Students Pass Exam
The eleven students in Business 108 at Okefenokee Technical College recently completed the course and took the Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2003 exam. Read more.

OTC Radiologic Technology Pinning Ceremony
In an impressive pinning and awards ceremony held in the Okefenokee Technical College Miller Lecture Hall on March 15, twelve students received their pins upon completion of the Radiologic Technology program at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC). Read More.

Rosie Morris Is Guest Speaker at OTC
Rosie Morris of Flanders Provision Company recently spoke to the Office Procedures class at Okefenokee Technical College. Rosie, a 2001 graduate of OTC’s Business Office Technology program and the school’s GOAL winner that year, explained to the students the process of interviewing for a job and how to keep the job you get. Read More.

OTC Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Members of the 2006 practical nursing class of Okefenokee Technical College received their nurses’ pins and caps during an impressive ceremony in Miller Lecture Hall at Okefenokee Technical College on Thursday evening, March 16. Read More.

OTC Child Care Center Students Visit SRMC
The three and four-year old children from the Okefenokee Technical Center Child Care Center were the guests of Satilla Regional Medical Center for a tour on Tuesday, March 7. Read More.

Kayla Chaney Named OTC's 2006 GOAL Winner
Kayla Chaney, a student in the Radiologic Technology program at Okefenokee Technical College (OTC), was named as the OTC 2006 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner. Read More.

OTC's EAGLE Representative
Mrs. Eugenia Evans was chosen to represent Okefenokee Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute February 21-22, 2006 in Atlanta. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult literacy classes and programs. Read more.

Okefenokee Tech Prep Consortium Nominates Champions
Kristin Bell, a student in the Registered Nursing program at South Georgia College, and Chris Jones, the former human resources manager for Milliken & Company’s Alma Plant, were recently nominated as Tech Prep Champions to represent the Okefenokee Tech Prep Consortium. Read More.

OTC has Guest Speaker
Becky Bennett from Satilla Regional Medical Center spoke to the Office Procedures classes at Okefenokee Technical College on February 27 and 28 about employment opportunities and the application process at Satilla Regional Medical Center. Read More.

Fruit Tree Care Seminar Held at OTC
The Ware County Extension Office and the Okefenokee Technical College horticulture program jointly sponsored a workshop for the community on Fruit Tree Care on February 24. James Jacobs, County Extension Coordinator, and Dr. Gerard Krewer, extension horticulturist for the University of Georgia, presented the program. Read More.

MLT Program has new Instructor
Mary Ann Hursey, B. S., MT (ASCP), began her duties as Medical Laboratory Technology Instructor at Okefenokee Technical College on December 1, 2005. Read More.

WeldOff at OTC
The FFA Welding Competition for the southern region, area 6, was recently held at Okefenokee Technical College. Read More.

OTC Names Four GOAL Finalists
Four Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) students have been selected as local semifinalists for the 2005 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. Read More.

Dr. Jewell Sweat is Published
Dr. Jewell Sweat, Radiologic Technology instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, recently received the good news that a portion of her doctoral dissertation, “Tech Prep’s Affect on Graduation,” was selected for publication in Techniques, a professional magazine in the field of career and technical education with a paid circulation of 38,000. Read More.

OTC Welding Programs Hosts Tour
Doug Furman (L to R), Welding instructor at Okefenokee Technical College, paused to talk to David Logan, Darrell Shaw, Michael Shubert, and Eric Mixon as they visited OTC on the recent Tour Day. Read More. Read More

OTC has new Early Childhood Care and Education Instructor
Barbara Autry recently joined the Okefenokee Technical College staff as the instructor for the Early Childhood Care and Education program. Read more.

Okefenokee Technical College Instructors Nominate 14 Students for GOAL
Instructors at Okefenokee Technical College have nominated fourteen students for the 2006 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program. These students attended an orientation luncheon sponsored by the OTC Student Government Association on February 1. Read more.

Andy Brannen Certified as OSHA Trainer
Andy Brannen, Director of Business and Industry Services at Okefenokee Technical College, recently completed training that authorizes him to conduct 10-and 30-hour general industry outreach training classes in accordance with the guidelines provided by the OSHA Office and Training and Education. Read more.

Martin to Serve as OTC Foundation Trustee
Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of Okefenokee Technical College, and Larry Paulk, chair of the Okefenokee Technical College Foundation Board, welcomed new trustee Phil Martin to the OTC Foundation Board at the winter quarter meeting. Read more.

OTC has new Recruiter
Gerald Whitehurst has accepted the position of recruiter for the Freight Conductor program at Okefenokee Technical College. As the recruiter for this specialized program, Whitehurst will be actively seeking potential candidates for the program from designated market areas in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Read more.

OTC Participates in Taste of Technical Colleges Event
Atlanta – The talents of the instructors and students from each of Georgia’s technical colleges, including Okefenokee Technical College, were on display for legislators, state officials, and others last Thursday evening at the Georgia Freight Depot next to the State Capitol in Atlanta. Read more.

New Psychology Instructor at OTC
Christine L. Whitley recently joined the Okefenokee Technical College staff as the psychology instructor. She holds a Master in Industrial Psychology from Neuchatel, Switzerland. Read more.

Ola Smith Elected to State Office
Ola Smith, a member of the Board of Directors of Okefenokee Technical College, was recently elected as Treasurer of the Technical College Directors' Association of Georgia. Smith, CEO of the McKinney Community Health Center in Waycross, has served on the OTC Board of Directors since August, 1999. Read More.

Stay In School Grant
Okefenokee Technical College was recently awarded a Stay in School Grant and with the awarding of the grant funds, several new initiatives have been started. Read More.

 

 

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