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Okefenokee Tech Has New Class/Work Schedule

In an effort to reduce utility costs and provide more effective use of energy resources for faculty, staff, and students, the Waycross Campus of Okefenokee Technical College will begin a shortened work week and class schedule January 2, 2009. The modified schedule will continue through spring quarter of 2009 and will be evaluated for continuation beyond that time.

Classes will be scheduled on the Waycross Campus Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. until 10 p.m.  All student services will be available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. until noon. The Alma Campus has operated on a four-day work and class schedule since it opened in 1998.

Adult Education Centers will continue to operate on the current Monday –Thursday instructional schedule for the main campus and offsite centers. The main campus office in Waycross will be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Fridays. 

“A modified class and work schedule will lighten the transportation costs for students and employees, as well as help us realize savings for utilities,” said OTC President Dr. Gail Thaxton. “This is just one way we are dealing with the current eight percent state budget reduction to help lower our operational costs. And, although the work week is modified, all divisions maintain the flexibility to accommodate needs from students and the business community.”

According to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Danita Cannon, the change should be minimal for students. “The great majority of instructional programs already operate on a Monday through Thursday schedule. The biggest change will be the Friday schedule. However, because offices are open later Monday - Thursday, evening students will have greater access to student support staff under the new work schedule.”

Andy Brannen, Vice President for Economic Development, emphasized there would be little change in the services available through his division. “Economic Development will still provide services on a flexible schedule based on community and business needs. As before, we can provide services on Friday and/or Saturday as requested by the customer.”

OTC employees will still work a 40-hour week, according to Thaxton. She goes on to say that students are very enthusiastic about a four-day class schedule because of savings in both time and gas.


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