Mr. Romeo Reyes (right), Satilla Rural Electric Membership Corporation (REMC) CEO/President; Mickey Whittington (left), current Satilla REMC Foundation Chair; Jim Tucker (center left), upcoming Foundation Chair; and Sue Johnson (not pictured), P. R. Coordinator met with Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Glenn Deibert (center right) last month to award the OTC Foundation $5,000 for educational advancement.
Dr. Deibert accepted the contribution on behalf of the OTC Foundation Board. According to Whittington, funding for the award was made possible through voluntary contributions of Satilla REMC members. The purpose of the gift is to get needed, but unavailable funds, into technical colleges within the nine-county Satilla REMC service area and to enhance educational opportunities for as many students as possible.
Dr. Deibert thanked Satilla REMC officials for their support. He also expressed appreciation to the members who make the contributions, as well as the Satilla REMC Foundation Board and REMC Board, who support the program and manage it.
“This donation will allow the OTC Foundation to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship and reward those who deserve academic accolades and recognition,” stated Deibert as he accepted the donation. “We sincerely appreciate your contributions to higher education.”
The funds will be used to support student and program success through student scholarships, equipment purchases, and other technical program projects that advance the work of the college, with the majority of the funds designated to assist students with tuition and books.
Ms. Johnson noted that members of Satilla REMC have invested more than $80,000 toward the educational futures of students who attend Okefenokee Technical College.
“The Satilla REMC Foundation is proud to partner with Okefenokee Technical College and the OTC Foundation to provide educational opportunities to students attending technical colleges in its nine-county service area,” said Reyes. “The members of Satilla, through their voluntary contributions, reinforce the belief that the responsibility of an educated workforce should be shared by the community.”