Community volunteers will hit the streets next week for Ogeechee Technical College’s 2015 iGot campaign.
Dr. Bill Perry, president of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, said volunteers will work in pairs next Tuesday, Mar. 24 as they call on local businesses share student successes at the college and to seek support for the Foundation. The OTC Foundation provides funds for student scholarships, student emergency situations, equipment purchases for academic programs, staff development opportunities, and other initiatives which benefit the college and its students.
“Receiving a scholarship or other assistance can make the difference in a student staying in school and graduating, or not,” said Perry. “When a student graduates, gets a job, and begins contributing to society, then the investment in their education is worth it.”
The 2014 iGot campaign raised $311,183, while Ogeechee Tech collected $304,571 in donations in 2013.
In 2014, the Foundation helped fund the purchase of a new truck for the Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) program, something that was critically important for training students.
“With the expansion of the port at Savannah on the horizon, logistics will continue to play a major role in our area’s economy,” said Dr. Dawn Cartee, Ogeechee Tech president. “Providing well-trained truck drivers is imperative. The Foundation’s support is essential in providing a better educated workforce.”
The purchase of a truck is but one example of equipment funded through the Foundation.
A central message of the iGot campaign is the Foundation’s support of all the programs at Ogeechee Tech: programs which produce graduates who are employed in the communities served by the college and who work to make people’s lives better.
“We encourage citizens to consider how Ogeechee Tech graduates impact their lives on a daily basis—as chefs, police officers, healthcare providers, accountants, childcare workers, veterinary technicians, and many other professions, Perry said. “So many of the folks who make our lives better get their education at Ogeechee Tech. Ultimately, your support of the Ogeechee Technical College Foundation pays dividends by providing professionals in numerous areas to serve you.”
Businesses and individuals may support the iGot campaign through a tax-deductible contribution by mailing a check to: The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, Inc., P. O. Box 764, Statesboro, GA 30459, or by calling (912) 688-6098 to request a visit by an iGot volunteer next week.