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OTC named top tech college in the state
Boro school earns honor among 25 in Georgia
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    Ogeechee Technical College was named Thursday the state’s Technical College of the Year. The announcement was made during the Board of the Technical College System of Georgia’s monthly meeting in Atlanta.
    TCSG State Board Chairman Paul Holmes presented the Perdue Award for the 2011 Georgia Technical College of the Year to OTC President Dawn Cartee.
    "I’m very excited and honored for our college to receive this recognition,” Cartee said. “This award validates the hard work our whole team puts forth daily to support our students, communities, and state."
    Holmes said the staff of the college is the driving force for its success.
    “This award is a very well-earned recognition,” he said. “It speaks highly of the exceptional level of hard work that President Cartee and the faculty and staff of Ogeechee Technical College have put forth on behalf of their students, the local communities they serve, and the businesses and industries that rely on the college to fill the workforce with highly-trained graduates.
    “We’re very proud of all of our 25 technical colleges, but it’s Ogeechee Technical College that clearly stands out as the best of the best TCSG colleges in 2011.”
    Judging for the award is based on almost two dozen performance categories in the areas of technical education, adult education, economic development, resource development, administration, and national recognition. The criteria includes enrollment numbers, graduates and graduation rate, student retention rate, job placement, licensure rate, the number of GED graduates who transition on to college and cost efficiencies.
    “Ogeechee Technical College has an excellent reputation in our state and beyond for its world-class faculty, excellent staff and outstanding facilities. The entire Technical College System of Georgia applauds President Cartee and all of our friends and colleagues at Ogeechee Technical College for this very well-deserved honor,” said Ron Jackson, a commissioner for the Technical College System of Georgia. 
    It was a busy year for Ogeechee Tech. Enrollment grew by 10.3 percent between 2010 and 2011, with 4,470 students attending classes. In addition, the number of full-time equivalent students increased by 18.2 percent. Also, in the last year, OTC graduated 993 students in certificate, diploma and degree programs, which was an 11.6 percent increase over the previous year.
    The college’s adult education program produced results as well. Almost one-half of those who obtained their GED diploma through the Ogeechee Tech testing site chose to transition on to and enroll in college classes.
    President Cartee and her faculty and staff also improved on the college’s operational efficiencies in a time of fiscal belt-tightening by reducing its average expenditure per full-time equivalent by almost nine percent. The college, like many of its sister colleges in the state system, achieved those efficiencies by lowering administrative costs and not by reducing students access to instructional programs, classrooms and technology.
    The runners-up for the award were Athens Technical College and South Georgia Technical College.
    The award is named in honor of former Governor Sonny Perdue for his many years of support for the technical colleges and their mission of workforce development through technical and adult education.
    Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta was the 2010 recipient of the award.

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