Student Organizations & Opportunities
Students are encouraged to participate in on-campus organizations. The listed organizations are active during each term. Interested students should talk to their instructors for more information about these organizations.
SkillsUSA, Inc. is a student professional organization that primarily serves students enrolled in industrial, technical, and health occupation programs. SkillsUSA emphasizes leadership, dignity of work, good workmanship, citizenship, and respect for others. SkillsUSA members participate in activities that promote leadership and professionalism through competitive events at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Student Government Association
The Okefenokee Technical College Student Government Association (SGA) is comprised of student program representatives, elected officers and faculty/staff advisors. SGA arranges events for the students to promote networking, career preparation, community involvement and enjoyment of school life.
The stated purposes of this organization are:
to develop leadership skills.
to provide a communication link between the school administration and student body.
to provide input to problem identification and solving.
to provide a means of identification of concerns of the student body.
to promote and support the programs, activities, and mission of OTC.
to assist in the accomplishment of special projects for the school.
to promote the unity and welfare of this school through democratic practices and procedures.
SGA has organized and sponsored student activities such as: Pizza days/nights, Fuel for Finals, Corn-Crackin’Social, Have a Coke and a Smile Social, a Gas Card Raffle Giveaway and Octoberfeast. Community involvement initiatives have included a food drive for the Salvation Army Food Pantry, Voter Registration and Awareness, a supply drive for area Humane Societies, the Better World Book donations, and Adopt a Angel (a Christmas project by the Salvation Army). Annually there is a special day devoted to honoring the US Constitution in partnership with Waycross College. SGA has been an active supporter of OTC’s Tobacco Free Campus (effective July 2009) by sponsoring seminars from the Medical College of Georgia on tobacco available to all students and faculty/staff.
National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society is an organization that recognizes students who excel both academically and professionally. Members are nominated by their program instructors and must have a 3.75 grade point average (for a minimum of 45 credit hours) and 2.0 work ethics grade in every course. Graduates are recognized during the commencement ceremony by the honorary regalia.
Georgia Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the national organization for all students in post-secondary schools and colleges enrolled in computer and business programs. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities for students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations. PBL members organize and sponsor various activities that promote leadership, professionalism, and civic responsibility. Members may also compete in regional, state, and national competitions.
OTC Horticulture Club
The OTC Horticulture Club offers opportunities for students to gain practical, hands-on experience, to network with leaders in the green industry, and to foster leadership experience and cooperation among its members. Membership is open to any interested full-time or part-time OTC student. Membership dues are $10 per year.
The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) focuses on excellence in technical education. Outstanding students attending the Technical College System of Georgia are recognized for academic excellence and personal achievement. College GOAL winners are selected at the local level by civic and business organizations. All college GOAL winners continue the competition at the school consortium level. The top two finalists from each consortium are selected and sent to compete at the state level. From this extraordinary group of students, a panel of judges selects one student, the state GOAL winner, to serve as the statewide Student of the Year and ambassador of technical education in Georgia.
GOAL competition begins early in the year. Technical college instructors across Georgia identify their most promising students and nominate them for GOAL based on academic achievement and personal leadership. It is not enough to simply be a quick learner or to have a good personality; nominees must combine these qualities with a demonstrated and active interest in their community. Students must recognize technical education’s critical impact on Georgia’s overall economic health, must have a strong work ethic, a dedicated sense of loyalty, and a healthy enthusiasm for promoting technical education. GOAL winners represent the “best of the best” students in the Technical College System of Georgia and the future of Georgia’s workforce.
The main objectives of the GOAL program are:
To spotlight the role of technical education in our modern economy.
To reward students who excel in learning a gainful skill.
To stimulate greater pride of workmanship.
To generate greater public respect and appreciation for the American worker.
To emphasize the dignity of work in today's society.