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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. Advisory Commiittee Dinner

OTC President Gail Thaxton welcomed members and thanked them for their willingness to provide expertise and insight for the benefit of students. OTC’s 2009 GOAL recipient, Gary Mikel, then shared how OTC provides students with a chance to start over. When Mikel’s previous state job was no longer funded, he enrolled at OTC to pursue a career in the health field. Mikel holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Georgia Southern University.
 
During OTC advisory committee meetings, program staff solicit input from advisory committee 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.

Program advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry served by the program and include persons within the community and employment market who positively impact the program. Membership may also include representatives from high school programs and other college programs. Committees meet twice each year.

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 fall advisory committee meeting last Tuesday evening. Committee members attended a general session in the Miller Lecture Hall on the Waycross Campus and then picked up their meal as they went to their respective program meeting.

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