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It’s Official – State Funds OTC Expansion in Waycross and Alma

Governor Sonny Perdue had recommended funding for two building projects for Okefenokee Technical College back in January and indications were favorable that the funding would be approved, but now it is official. The General Assembly has appropriated the bond funds in the FY 2007 budget to complete both proposals.

Funds amounting to 10.3 million were allocated for the design and construction of an Allied Health Building on the Waycross Campus. This addition to OTC has been long awaited. The Waycross Campus has not had a new building since 1996. In 1996 OTC had just 1,106 credit students. Now, the number of credit students per year is in excess of 3,000. Consequently, the lab space for the health programs has been inadequate - limiting mobility, accessibility and design.

The new Allied Health Building will house a 10,000 square foot Library/Media Center and the following programs: Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Assisting, Respiratory Therapy, Certified Nurse Assisting, Patient Care Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Coding, Imaging Science Assistant, Central Service Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic Technology, and Geriatric Assistant.

Dr. Gail Thaxton, President of OTC, said, “This is really big for us. These projects will help us better serve the students in our area. Once again, I would like to thank Governor Sonny Perdue; Senators Greg Goggans and Jeffrey Chapman; State Representatives Mark Hatfield, Tommy Smith, Hinson Mosley, and Jay Shaw; and Judge Mike Boggs for their support for southeast Georgia counties.”

“The previous administration is also to be commended for their hard work and dedication in laying the groundwork for this building project,” continued Dr. Thaxton. “They recognized the need over five years ago and began the long campaign to make this expansion a reality.” 

Another 2.1 million has been allocated for the design, construction, and renovation of the new Alma Center (currently the Satilla REMC Building), to include the purchase of program equipment. The renovated facility will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for nursing, construction, air conditioning maintenance, and adult literacy programs. Online education, career testing, career guidance, and job placement services, along with general education classes will be available at the renovated site, as well. Space will also be available for additional growth and new programs.

 

Picture L to R: Kimberly Pollock, Dr. John Pike, Margaret Brunson

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