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OTC Hosts 2009 Summer ENERGE Educator Academy

Okefenokee Technical College hosted the 2009 Summer ENERGE Educator Academy during the week of June 8, 2009.  The Academy is a four-day professional development activity designed for educators, counselors, and administrators from the middle and high schools within the OTC service delivery area.  The focus of this year’s academy was on energy-related programs of study at Okefenokee Technical College, as well as dual and joint enrollment, ACCEL, career opportunities, labor trends, economic development, and knowledge of the business community.  Photo 1

Participants had an opportunity to explore the Welding and Joining Technology, Air Conditioning Technology, Electronics and Telecommunications, and Electrical Lineworker Apprentice programs offered at OTC. They also participated in exciting business and industry tours in the world of energy and were given the opportunity to tour VOITH Paper Fabrics (Waycross), Clayton Homes (Waycross), and American Egg Products (Blackshear).

“This is a good program, and we always receive positive feedback from participants in our Educator Academy workshops,” stated Deedee Thomas, high school coordinator for the college. Educators from Ware County and Bacon County completed the academy. According to one of the participants, “The relationship of energy utilized to producing a product was clearly demonstrated. The workshop gave me a better understanding of some of the industries and their products, especially how the products are produced and disseminated…” Photo 2

The 2009 Summer ENERGE Educator Academy was funded by Georgia’s ENERGE (Engaged Networking Energy Regional Georgia Education) Grant, a federal Department of Labor high growth job training initiative.

Photo 1:
Sharon Barrow from Ware County High School, Ryan Mock from OTC , Jody Kemp from Ware County High School and Darlene Fesperman, QA Manager for Clayton Homes

Photo 2:
Alicia Carter from Ware County High School, Natalie Dudley and Debra Tanner both from Bacon County Middle School.

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