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OTC, Clubhouse, Tormenta form partnership
Students to work as interns in sports franchise
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Dr. Darin Van Tassell and Dr. Dawn Cartee congratulate each other after signing the Memorandum of Understanding for Tormenta FC and The Clubhouse to serve Ogeechee Tech students with practicum experiences. - photo by Special to the Herald

Ogeechee Technical College and the South Georgia soccer franchise of the Premier Development League, along with The Clubhouse Family Entertainment Center, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding Monday.

The agreement will allow Ogeechee Tech students to work as interns with the new soccer franchise, Tormenta FC, and The Clubhouse. Students from OTC's accounting, business administrative technology, business management, culinary arts, hotel/restaurant/tourism management and marketing management programs will intern with the Tormenta FC and The Clubhouse to help accomplish their educational goals, according to the agreement.

Tormenta FC and Clubhouse owner Dr. Darin Van Tassell and OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee formalized the agreement at a signing ceremony on the OTC campus. The agreement should prove mutually beneficial to the organizations, according to Van Tassell.

"This agreement will not only provide valuable educational opportunities to the Ogeechee Tech students who participate, but it will help provide a great labor-pool for our organization and others," Van Tassell said.

There are numerous activities and jobs within the soccer and entertainment venues that will allow students to participate in order to gain valuable on-the-job educational experiences, according to Cartee.

"We constantly look for partnerships with organizations that can provide valuable practicum experiences for our students," Cartee said. "Classroom lectures, on-campus labs and in-field practicums combine to deliver excellent educational opportunities which have a positive impact on the available workforce."

Just a few of the activities in which students may participate are game-day management, event coordination, advertising, food and beverage operations and accounting and financial support.

"We expect students to get a good view of what real-world careers in their chosen professions are like," Van Tassell said.

Students interested in any of the programs of study mentioned may visit to learn more. To learn more about Tormenta FC or The Clubhouse, go to or



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