Icy conditions delayed the start of Ogeechee Technical College's 2011Winter Quarter by one day, but Tuesday students came out in record numbers as classes got underway.
With wet roads and cold temperatures, but no apparent ice on most roads, Ogeechee Tech's final Winter Quarter began with a record number of students. OTC will join all other Georgia technical colleges in switching to semesters in the fall, making it the final Winter Quarter at the college.
In what has become a trend at OTC for the start of a new quarter at, there are full classrooms, lines to purchase books, and a crowded Student Affairs area where students complete last minute tasks to allow them to start a new quarter.
"The start of a new quarter is always an exciting time," said Ryan Foley, Ogeechee Tech's vice president for Student Affairs. "It is a completely new experience for some students, while being a chance for a fresh start for others. Either way, a new quarter is a beginning and an opportunity to do well."
With a 14 percent increase in students beginning classes compared to a year ago, OTC continues to see gains in the number of students enrolling in more than 120 different programs of study.
"We are happy to see a continuation of our rising numbers for a new quarter," said Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Tech. "As our college grows, we face challenges to provide instructors, space, equipment, and technology to support the large numbers we are seeing, but we are meeting that challenge through the hard work of our employees, and the support we get from the State of Georgia, and our local community via our Foundation, Advisory Committees, and clinical/practicum sites."
With nearly 3,000 students attending, Ogeechee Tech continues a trend which recently earned the college recognition as one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the country in its size category.
"We will continue to meet the needs of our students, even when our resources are challenged, because that is our mission. We are dedicated to serving those who come to us in search of an education to help improve their lives," Cartee said.