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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.

At the general session, Danita Cannon, OTC vice president for academic and student affairs, introduced OTC Interim President Dr. Glenn Deibert. Dr. Deibert welcomed advisory board members and thanked them for their willingness to serve on a committee for the benefit of students.

Cannon then introduced the 2012 OTC GOAL winner, Kimberly Daniels, a nursing student, who shared events in her life that led her to Okefenokee Technical College.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from VSU in 2005, circumstances led Daniels to move back to Waycross where jobs in her field are extremely limited.

After several years of working in non-related fields and after giving careful consideration to her next career move, Kimberly enrolled at OTC for the nursing program. “I have always wanted to make a difference in one way or another,” she stated, “and I have always had a passion for helping people.” Academic excellence and her enthusiasm for technical education attributed to her nomination.

Following the invocation, committee members and instructors selected a delicious low country boil or chicken plate and joined fellow members for the advisory meeting. Program advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry served by the program and include persons within the community and employment market. Membership may also include representatives from high school programs and other college programs. Committees meet twice each year.

During OTC advisory committee meetings, program staff solicit input from members to assist in the evaluation of program effectiveness, job development, job placement, program promotion and evaluation (in relation to standards), program advocacy, and business and industry support of the program.

Essentially, advisory committees promote interaction between program faculty and businesses and industries served by the program, and faculty use the expertise of advisory committee members to improve program content.

All OTC programs comply with Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) approved curriculum. TCSG curriculum programs are standardized, based on business and industry requirements across the state. Standards are designed to prepare students for careers in specific professions.

Okefenokee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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Area community and business leaders met with OTC program directors and instructors at the college’s spring advisory committee meeting Tuesday evening, April 12. Advisory committee members of the OTC cosmetology program met in the program lab to discuss recent program improvements and plan for future training needs. Contributing to the discussion were the following committee members: Lanora Rouse (front, L to R), Winky’s Southern Styles; Ollie Harkleroad, OTC; Alice Flaborea, OTC student; Rebecca Palmer, The New You Salon; Jerrell Basile, OTC Adjunct Faculty;  Tabitha Mattox, Nails by Tabiltha; and Debra Moody, OTC.

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OTC program instructor Ruth Nimmer (back row, 2nd from left) hosted the Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE) advisory committee meeting. Committee members attended a general session in the Miller Lecture Hall on the Waycross campus and then picked up a complimentary meal as they went to their respective program meeting. ECCE members in attendance: Carolyn Gibson (front, L to R), Ware County Health Dept.; Yvonne Jeffords, Southeast Georgia Resource & Referral; Michele Howard, Family Childcare Provider; Deborah Horton, Concerted Services; Paul Thein (back, L to R), Childers Family YMCA; Ruth Nimmer, OTC; Barbara Autry, OTC Adjunct Faculty; and Debbie Yarbrough, OTC Adjunct Faculty.

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The OTC economic development advisory committee discussed how to best utilize the college’s new Economic Development Training Center. The facility, formerly the OTC Childcare Center, was recently renovated to accommodate a number of training scenarios to support the customized training needs of area businesses. Members also discussed regional economic development efforts. Participating in the discussion were Jason Rubenbauer (L to R), OTC continuing education director; Bob Hereford, executive director of OADA; Andy Brannen, OTC VP for economic development; Richard Thornton, executive director of the Brantley County Development Authority; Matt Carter, executive director of the Pierce County Industrial Development Authority; and Tommy Lowman, Blackshear development director and Better Hometown manager.




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