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Legislators Enjoy a ‘Taste’ of the State’s Technical Colleges

Atlanta – 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.”Taste of Tech

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.  The event capped off a day that began with both the House and Senate passing resolutions declaring January 30 as “The Technical College System of Georgia Day.” 

Technical college presidents, staff, faculty and students greeted the legislators, while exhibiting a variety of their college offerings, including degree, diploma and certificate programs in Georgia’s strategic industries like healthcare, aerospace, life sciences, and agribusiness.  The 11 technical colleges with culinary arts programs were front and center, as the colleges’ chefs and students created a lavish buffet for the evening’s guests.Taste of Tech

“We’re not your daddy’s old trade school anymore. This new age of technical education is here, and our legislators certainly saw that again tonight,” said interim DTAE Commissioner Ron Jackson. “We’re proud to show off the exceptional quality of a Georgia technical college education and that our colleges provide a tremendous rate of return on the state’s investment.”

Okefenokee Technical College featured its Locomotive Electrical program, a technical certificate of credit program that trains participants to work as electrical technicians in the railroad industry. Taste of Tech

“Seeing is believing,” said Dr. Gail Thaxton, regarding the event, “and the Taste was a perfect event to show off OTC’s programs that support the rail industry in Southeast Georgia. Hundreds of people and dozens of legislators stopped by the exhibit and learned more about the programs we offer. We were able to thank our legislators for their support, promote the college, and request their continued support for technical education.”

Photo 1 : Danita Cannon, OTC Director of Instruction, (left) and Dr. Thaxton (right) took this opportunity at the “Taste” event to thank Representative Mark Hatfield and other legislators for their support of OTC and workforce development.

Photo 2 : Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President (left), visited with Ola Smith, OTC Board Chair, who attended the event to support and promote the college.

Photo 3: Cindy Tanner, PR Director (left), and Kayla Chaney, OTC student and 2006 State GOAL winner, pose in front of the OTC booth, which promoted OTC’s Locomotive Electrical Systems program. Bob Cardwell (not pictured) is the program director.



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