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OTC Graduate Featured In FenderBender Magazine

Selena Strickland, a recent graduate of Okefenokee Technical College, is featured on the front cover of the March 2008 issue of FenderBender magazine, a periodical dedicated to covering the latest news in automotive collision repair. Selena graduated from OTC’s collision repair technology program January 2008 and now has her own auto repair business in Brantley County, where she is a resident. Selena Strickland

Strickland was a standout student at OTC, so it is no surprise to her instructors or the rest of the staff that she has been recognized by the collision repair industry as a success. In college, not only was she a member of the National Technical Honor Society, but she won the state SkillsUSA competition in collision repair in 2007 and placed 10th in the nation as she competed with a bad ankle injury.

Elizabeth Millard, the freelance writer of the article in FenderBender, referred to Strickland’s performance at nationals as “stellar.” In fact, it was this performance that caught the attention of the leaders in the auto collision industry. As a result, Strickland won the Women’s Industry Network’s (WIN) first educational scholarship.

She was also the 2007 South Georgia Street Rods scholarship recipient. As the OTC 2007 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, which is quite an honor, Strickland received an OTC Foundation GOAL Scholarship.  Jack Dixon, her collision repair instructor, nominated her for the GOAL award. Strickland has expressed her appreciation to Dixon repeatedly for his support and encouragement. She also attributes her success to her parents, her husband, and technical education. In addition to her auto collision repair diploma, Strickland also completed several marketing/entrepreneur classes at OTC.

Strickland’s parents are Charles and Yvonne Taylor of Snellville, and she is married to Joey Strickland. She graduated from South Gwinnett High School and has a B.A. in Biology from Shorter College and a Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology) from Emory University.

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