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OTC kicks off campaign
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Dawn Cartee - photo by Herald File
Ogeechee Technical College's inaugural iGot campaign kicked off Friday with a rally for faculty, staff and administration officials.
    The iGot campaign, short for "I gave to Ogeechee Tech," is replacing the "Five Days in May" fund-raiser and will be a one day blitz in the community rather than spreading it over five days.
    Dawn Cartee, president of OTC, said she was hoping for 100 percent participation from college employees as a way to show the community they support the school.
    "We want to be able to show the community that what we're doing is important to us," Cartee said.
    The cash goal for this year's campaign is $175,000, which Cartee said is desperately needed to upgrade equipment in the various programs for the school. She said the state has not provided any funds in the past three years to purchase or upgrade the equipment needed to keep the programs current.
    "If we're going to train the work force for jobs, we need to be working with cutting-edge equipment and right now, we're not doing that," she said.
    Cartee said many fund-raisers tend to focus on "brick and mortar" buildings and other high visibility projects, but the school needs to fund the "basic needs that have gone untouched in the last three, four or five years."
    The iGot campaign will begin on Tuesday, May 15 with a blitz in Bulloch County, followed by volunteers spending the next day in Screven County and Thursday in Evans County. A wrap-up party where the totals will be announced is set for May 16.
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