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OTC Advisory Committees Hold Meeting

The Okefenokee Technical College campus buzzed with activity last Tuesday evening as area community and business leaders dispersed from the general assembly room to the various meeting areas around campus, headed for their respective advisory committee meeting.

At the general session, OTC President Gail Thaxton welcomed members and thanked them for their willingness to provide their time for the benefit of students.

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.

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.

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.

Advisory Committee Meetings April 2011

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Area community and business leaders met with OTC program directors and instructors at the college’s spring 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. Mark Deal (right), OTC environmental horticulture program director, met with program advisory committee members Teresa Ammons (L to R from Deal), Frankie Royal, Bobby Wright, and Paula Stewart.

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