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Okefenokee Tech Receives “Stay In School” Grant


Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) has been awarded a $61,375 grant aimed at helping young people stay in school. The "Stay in School" grant is a competitive grant, totaling $1 million; it is funded through Georgia's Stay in School program. Okefenokee Technical College was one of nine recipients out of 34 schools in Georgia's Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) to be approved for these funds.  The grant comes from the Technical College System of Georgia, and its main purpose is to help improve high school graduation rates and increase the percentage of students transitioning to post-secondary education.

The Stay in School grant helps provide career education to 8th grade students in Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware counties. “During the past two years, we’ve been able to do an incredible amount of outreach through the Stay In School Initiative with both teachers and students,” said Deedee Thomas, Education and Career Partnership Manager for OTC.

This year, the Stay In School grant will also continue to focus on helping 8th graders complete career surveys and career plans that encourage them to set goals and investigate their options for study after high school.   The grant also affords the opportunity to provide structured tours of Okefenokee Technical College.  Besides these educational services, the grant money will also sponsor high school transition services to students and staff in the service delivery area and will help pay for professional development for teachers through a series of “teacher to teacher” meetings. 


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