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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.

Guests saw program demonstrations from many areas, including courses in in-demand fields like heath care, logistics, accounting, and more.  Dozens of potential students stopped by the exhibits and learned more about Okefenokee Tech and its programs, including online opportunities.

OTC’s ENERGE programs were highlighted at College After Hours, as well. Electrical lineworker apprentice, electrical technician, electronics, and welding & joining technology programs are considered to be areas of study that lead to job opportunities and advanced careers in the energy field.

“The event is a great way for us to promote the college and to showcase OTC’s outstanding programs and excellent faculty and staff,” stated OTC President Gail Thaxton.

The best of technical education was on full display while everyone enjoyed various interactive activities, including the Waycross Police Department’s DUI simulation course and the OTC Commercial Truck Driving program’s truck driving simulator.

Two SJI Motorsports stock cars were parked in front of the campus, as well as numerous pieces of big equipment used in OTC’s technical and industrial programs. The Electrical Lineworker Apprentice program, for example, put on show its bucket truck and new, state-of-the-art trencher.

In addition to these attractions, Ware County EMS placed an ambulance on exhibit to generate interest in OTC’s EMS and paramedic programs. Another highlight was when Air Evac Lifeteam landed a helicopter on campus and had the aircraft on display.

As guests arrived, they were encouraged to participate in a scavenger hunt, which directed them to question admissions, financial aid, career placement, and instructional program staff about services available at OTC.

Scavenger hunt participants were eligible to enter a drawing for prizes, such as iPods, digital cameras, t-shirts, music download cards, and more. Over 35 coveted items were given away. In addition to the prize drawings, the OTC Foundation took applications for scholarships to be given to qualified prospective students. Five scholarships were awarded.

Matt and Devis with radio station Shine 101.9 broadcasted live from the campus plaza. Winners had their names called on the radio, and several OTC staff took time to promote the college as they talked with Matt.

OTC officials would like to thank the following businesses/agencies for their support with College After Hours: Air Evac Lifeteam, Shine 101.9, SJI Motorsports, Ware County EMS, and the Waycross Police Department.

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The best of technical education was on full display inside the hallways of Okefenokee Tech at the college’s recent College After Hours. Outside the main building guests enjoyed various interactive activities.

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John Logan (right), OTC’s commercial truck driving program director, shared information about the truck driving program with prospective students and allowed them to test drive their “big rig” skills on the truck driving simulator.

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Air Evac Lifeteam landed a helicopter on the OTC campus and had the aircraft on display at the event. OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton stopped by to see the aircraft and thank the team for participating in College After Hours.

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Numerous prizes, including iPods, cameras, t-shirts, and earbuds, were awarded to those participating in the scavenger hunt. A Brantley County resident was the winner of an iPod. OTC Public Relations Director Cindy Tanner (right) presented the prize.

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Mary Slaughter (L to R), Larry Godair, Leighan Byrd, and Summer Gowen discussed the Business Administrative Technology and Accounting programs with interested College After Hours guests.

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Amanda Morris Dryden (left), OTC webmaster and coordinator of distance education, welcomed Waycross City Manager Deron King to the event and explained how OTC offers online classes to accommodate students’ schedules. Mr. King visited with a number of instructors to learn about OTC programs and services.

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Students, guests, and OTC faculty and staff members enjoyed testing their driving skills using the Waycross Police Department’s impaired driving simulator. Officer Gary Smith braved the unexpected as he sat next to Kori McCorvey, OTC accounting director, who attempted to drive through the obstacle course of traffic cones wearing “Fatal Vision” goggles. The goggles simulate what a person’s mind perceives while under the influence of alcohol. Lt. Tommy Cox and Officers Smith and Benton manned the simulator course intended to impress upon participants the seriousness of drunk driving.

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