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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.

Dr. Glenn Deibert, OTC interim president, welcomed board members and thanked them for serving as advisors to program instructors. Following the welcome, Danita Cannon, OTC vice president for academic and student affairs, introduced the 2012 OTC Rick Perkins winner, Derrell Harris. When selected as the OTC Instructor of the Year, Harris was teaching Computer Information Systems (CIS) courses and serving as the program director. Since that time, Harris has been promoted to information systems director. In his new position, Harris is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s information technology and systems to provide communications to management, monitor progress and manage risk. One of the perks to his new job, according to Harris, is the opportunity to supervise work study students from the CIS program, a duty he willingly accepts in order to continue doing something he loves, teaching.

Harris is an OTC graduate of the program he recently taught. A Brantley County native, he holds an AAS degree in networking from Okefenokee Technical College, a master’s degree in secondary education from Valdosta State University, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Georgia Southern University, and an AS degree in chemistry from Waycross College. He began working at Okefenokee Tech in 2001.

Harris shared several reasons area residents should consider choosing OTC for their postsecondary education. He also talked about the significant amount of debt that burdens the majority of college graduates in Georgia and pointed out that technical college graduates generally graduate without the burden of student loan debt and with an earning potential that rivals that of many 4-year college graduates.  

“Our advisory committees serve a vital function for the College in keeping our curriculum relevant and our technology updated,” said Cannon. “Without the assistance of volunteers from the various divisions, it would be challenging to have a successful event; and without a dedicated faculty, advisory committee meetings would have little value. We appreciate the OTC faculty and staff for the outstanding job they do.”

Susan Allbritton, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, coordinated the evening’s events. Staff volunteers assisted Allbritton throughout the evening.

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 Okefenokee Technical College program directors and instructors Tuesday evening, October 16, for advisory committee meetings to give input and advice on standards, which serve as industry-validated specifications for programs. Each program has standards specific to that occupational field. OTC has 25 program advisory committees. Committee members were invited to join staff for supper. 

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Heating and Air Conditioning program instructor Jack Moye (back row, center) met with program advisory committee members Joe Howell (back row, left) of CC Dickson Company, Charles Thrift (back row, right) of OTC, Rufus Carter (front, L to R) of Carter Refrigeration, and Robert Young of Ware Correctional Institute.

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Automotive Collision Repair program instructor Terry Simmons (back row, left) met with program advisory committee members Jack Dixon (back row, right) of Dixon Body Shop and former OTC instructor, Mack Cason (front row, left) of Buddy Harris Body & Paint Shop, and Donnie O’Berry (front, right) of Mark’s Auto & Collision.

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Commercial Truck Driving program instructors John Logan (front, left) and Carl Davis (front, right) met with program advisory committee members Denise Burkett (L to R) of Boatright Trucking Company (Alma), Krystal Hale of Fuel South (Waycross), Warren Pittman of Pittman’s Garage (Waycross), and James Jones of Thom’s Transport (Blackshear).

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Environmental Horticulture program instructor Mark Deal (left) met with program advisory committee members Woody Maxwell (L to R), Okefenokee Swamp Park; Keith Wall, retired WCHS horticulture teacher; and Teresa Ammons, Brantley County High School. Bobby Wright of Wright’s Landscaping and Irrigation and Carl Wilson of C and T Lawn Service were not able to attend.

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Electronics Technology program instructor Thomas Wesley (standing) met with program advisory committee members Chris Allen (front, L to R), Georgia Public Broadcasting; Ann Russell, Bacon County Board of Elections; David Cahill, CSX Transportation; Jesus Gonzalaz (back, L To R), vivint.; Charles Kurtz, Georgia Public Broadcasting; Allen Harris, Pierce County Schools; and Casey Roberts, Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

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Criminal Justice program instructor Jaki Johnson (back, right) met with program advisory committee members Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal (Seated, L to R); Ware County Chief Magistrate Judge Nathan Grantham; Satilla Advocacy Director Terry Anderson; Alma Police Chief Brandon Sellers; Alma P.D. Chief Investigator, Major Jerry Blasch; Pierce County Sheriff Richard King (Standing L to R); Pierce County Detective Sgt. Robert Newton; and OTC Psychology Instructor Katrena Taylor.

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Welding and Joining Technology program instructors Ryan Deal (back, L to R) and Doug Furman met with program advisory committee members David Johnson (front, L to R) of GATX, Eddie Wheeler of CSX (retired), Charlie Brasswell of Airgas, and Stephen Booth of Airgas.

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Business Administrative Technology program instructors Amanda Kaari (2nd from left), Summer Gowen (3rd from left), and Gina Walker (front, 2nd from left) introduced OTC officials Dr. Glenn Deibert (back, right), interim president, and Temple Ogundu (left), dean for academic affairs, to committee members. Program advisors in attendance included Peggy Thompson (front L to R), retired business education teacher (Pierce County); Nancy Zetmeir (front, 2nd from right), The Crossings (Charlton County); Debra Yonz (front, right), BYRT (Ware County); Rhonda Mullis (back row, 3rd from left), Child Support Services (Ware County); Jan Dixon (back, 2nd from left), retired business education teacher (Pierce County).

 

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