Okefenokee Technical College program advisory committees met on the Waycross campus Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. for their spring meeting. Area community and business leaders assembled in the Miller Lecture Hall for greetings and comments by college officials before dispersing to classrooms to attend their respective advisory committee meeting.
At the general session, OTC President Dr. Glenn Deibert welcomed guests and thanked committee members for their commitment to OTC. He explained the impact they have on program effectiveness.
Dr. Melanie Thornton, OTC vice president for academic affairs, introduced the 2013 OTC GOAL winner, Carli Johns, a radiologic technology student, who shared her reasons for choosing Okefenokee Technical College for higher education and career training.
Following the invocation, led by Austin Johnson, Dean for Satellite Operations, committee members and instructors selected a delicious low country boil prepared by Jerry J’s and joined fellow members for the advisory meeting. Program advisory committees are composed primarily of persons in the industry served by the program and include persons within the community and employment market. 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 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.
Area community and business leaders met with OTC program directors and instructors at the college’s spring advisory committee meeting Tuesday evening, April 16. Advisory committee members of the OTC respiratory care program met to discuss recent program improvements and plan for future training needs. Contributing to the discussion were the following committee members: Dr. Faye Curry Mathis (L to R), OTC respiratory program director; Misty Reese; Mandy Lee, OTC respiratory care program clinical coordinator; Dena Wade; Patricia Coleman; Carol Moss; Lisa Gruszka; and Dr. Timothy Catchings. With the exception of Dr. Catchings, all respiratory committee members are former graduates of the program.
OTC program instructor Bernie Restrepo (left) coordinated the Emergency Medical Services (EMT and Paramedic programs) advisory committee meeting. Committee members attended a general session in the Miller Lecture Hall on the Waycross campus prior to the program meeting. Committee members in attendance (L to R): Michael Etheridge, Director of Coffee Regional Medical Center; Alan Espinoza of Henry Schein, Inc., Lake City, Florida; Steve Kiser, Captain of the Ware County EMS; Waylan Carter of Okefenokee EMS; and Tim Crews, Brantley County EMS. Jack Loback of Mayo Health System was not available for the photo.
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OTC adult education advisory committees held a joint meeting to share information and discuss common issues among programs. Dr. Steve Pearce, executive director of adult education, led the discussion. OTC’s adult education program has a learning site in each of the service area counties: Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware. Adult education instructors from each county urged members to help them publicize the GED Test Close Out. The current version of the GED test is expiring at the end of 2013. Students who have taken one or more tests will want to finish their remaining tests by 2013; otherwise, their scores will expire at year end. For more information, contact the adult education instructor for your county: Beth Strickland, Bacon, 632.6659; Sheryl Trammell, Brantley, 462.7923; Darrell Casey, Charlton, 496.4941; Patia Tolle, Clinch, 487.5673; Gloria Reid, Pierce, 449.8081; Cathy Daniels, Ware, 287.6580.