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OFTC's Kitchens to Attend EAGLE Institute

OFTC's Kitchens to Attend EAGLE Institute

OFTC is pleased to announce that Angel Kitchens will be representing Oconee Fall Line Technical College at the EAGLE Leadership Institute March 18-21, 2012, in Atlanta.

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), through its Office of Adult Education, sponsors the annual Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) Leadership Institute.

EAGLE is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in adult education programs. This student recognition program is designed to create greater awareness of educational opportunities that are available in local communities across the state and to foster greater involvement in lifelong learning pursuits.

Telegraph's Publisher Leaving to Head United Way

Telegraph publisher George McCanless is leaving the newspaper next month to head to the United Way of Central Georgia.

That's according to a news release from the United Way.

McCanless will become president and CEO of the local United Way. The agency serves local charities in Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.

He replaces Ron Watson, who retires at the end of 2012 after 28 years as president and CEO.

McCanless has been the Telegraph's publisher since 2008. The newspaper credits him with guiding the partnership with Mercer University that created the new Center for Collaborative Journalism.

The United Way's statement:

Seven OFTC Instructors Nominated for 2012 Rick Perkins Award

Seven OFTC Instructors Nominated for 2012 Rick Perkins Award

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

The nominees for Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) for 2013 are:

· Kevin Corbin, Criminal Justice Instructor
· Brenda Gurr, Medical Assisting Instructor
· David Hall, Machine Tool Technology Instructor
· Laura Layfield, Computer Information Systems Instructor
· Deb Thomsen, Practical Nursing Instructor
· Leslie Thigpen, Practical Nursing Instructor
· Angela Yarbrough, Business Administrative Technology Instructor

Putnam County Charter Schools Names Teacher of the Year

Putnam County Charter Schools Names Teacher of the Year

Putnam County Schools named Becky Nipper teacher of the year for Putnam County Charter School system.

Read more about Becky Nipper.

Earn Criminal Justice Degree Online at OFTC

Earn Criminal Justice Degree Online at OFTC

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) now offers three criminal justice programs that can be completed online, allowing students access to a great workforce education from home.
 
“This is a great opportunity for individuals our community,” says OFTC Criminal Justice Instructor Kevin Corbin, “to get the entry-level training they need in the corrections, security, investigative, police administration, regional law enforcement, and correctional facility fields without having to travel to locations outside of their own community.”
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected to grow within many areas of criminal justice including correction, security, and law enforcement through 2016. Employment of security guards is expected to grow by 17 percent through 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
 

20 OFTC Students Nominated for GOAL Award

20 OFTC Students Nominated for GOAL Award

Instructors at Oconee Fall Line Technical College have nominated 20 students for this year’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.  GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents College with a technical education division.

“The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical college and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce,” said Janet Smith, coordinator for the OFTC’s GOAL program.

OFTC students chosen for recognition by their instructors are listed with their program of study and county of residence:

Nelson Successful with OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving

Nelson Successful with OFTC’s Commercial Truck Driving

Louisville, GA - After four unsuccessful attempts at obtaining his CDL license a private commercial truck driving school, Jamie Nelson was not sure about his ability to drive a truck but was not ready to give up.

Jamie had heard of Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s Commercial Truck Driving Program and thought that he would give it another attempt at a different school.

Jamie was amazed when he started his class at OFTC’s Jefferson County Center in Louisville.  Not only did the instructors have vast knowledge of the business, but they also had real world, over-the-road experience.