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Dublin Police Department to hold 911 training for explorers program

Dublin Police Department to hold 911 training for explorers program

The Dublin Police Department is holding a 911 & Communications training for its Explorers Program Thursday, August 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Laurens County 911 Center.

Lt. Rene Laird with the department said the program is for kids from ages 14 to 21. She said examples of other trainings include impaired driving, accident investigation and CPR/first aid. 

In order to register, please contact Lt. Laird at 478-277-5023 and leave her a message or teens can show up to the Center and applications will be provided then.

 

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Dubliners rally for David Hooks

Dubliners rally for David Hooks
Around thirty people rallied in front of the Laurens County courthouse today, saying they demanded justice for David Hooks.
 
He's the local contractor who was shot and killed by Laurens County deputies last year during a drug bust, but his family attorney says, no drugs were found in the home.
 
Several people signed petitions asking the grand jury to investigate the death of Hooks as a felony murder. "We expect the police to serve and protect us. When we have to fear the process and fear the law enforcement and coming into your home and potentially taking your life. It makes me very, very nervous," said Tanya Burgess.
 
Burgess says as an attorney and citizen from Laurens County, the David Hooks case is shocking. She came here to rally for Hooks and petition the grand jury to look at this case as a felony murder.

OFTC Hosts Black History Month Events

OFTC Hosts Black History Month Events

In honor of Black History Month, Oconee Fall Line Technical College's Student Government Association hosted incredible guest speakers at campuses throughout its service areas.

 

"Observances like Black History Month are a great opportunity for our students and staff to celebrate African American history and culture," said Janet Smith, director of student life at OFTC. "Our programs featured leaders from the communities we serve who shared life lessons and an inspiring message for all."

Denise Brinson Selected as College Rick Perkins Award Winner

Denise Brinson Selected as College Rick Perkins Award Winner

For Denise Brinson, technical education has been a life-changer. Her journey of persevering through challenges—from dropping out of high school to becoming an inspiring instructor at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC)—has led her to an opportunity to vie for Georgia’s Instructor of the Year title.  

OFTC recently named Brinson as its College Rick Perkins Award Winner. This award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) most outstanding instructors who demonstrate innovation and leadership in the classroom. 

Finalists for the award included DeAnne Lindsey, Allied Health Services - Nurse Aide/Healthcare Assisting (North Campus); Lee Radney, T and I/Transportation - Electronics Technology (South Campus); and Leslie Thigpen, Allied Health Services - Practical Nursing (North Campus). 

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Brianna Carey is Chosen as GOAL Winner

Brianna Carey is Chosen as GOAL Winner

Brianna Carey, a Respiratory Care student at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), has been named as the College’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). The announcement was made at the Sandersville Rotary.

Carey was chosen by a panel of local leaders to represent OFTC at the regional level. The runners-up included Karonda Hall, Respiratory Care (Laurens County); Olive Rehberg, Medical Assisting (Laurens County); and Abbie Smith, Radiologic Technology (Bleckley County).

“I am so happy to have been part of such an amazing group of students.  It was such an honor to be chosen among such talented, smart, and motivated people,” said Carey. “I am looking forward to Regional competition and having the opportunity to meet fellow students that are inspired and motivated to succeed through technical education.”

Commercial Truck Driving Students Net Scholarships

Commercial Truck Driving Students Net Scholarships

The OFTC Foundation North, Inc. selected Reginald Henderson, William Cook, Nictavious Freeman, and Dexter Forney to each receive a $100.00 Jack English Commercial Truck Driving (CTD) Scholarship.

 

Dr. Tiffany Daniel created the scholarship in memory of her late father, Jack R. English, who was a driving force in establishing the truck-driving program at OFTC. He served as director of the program until 2001.

 

In addition, Steven Kendall was the recipient of a $100.00 Howard Sheppard, Sr. CTD Scholarship. The Howard Sheppard, Sr. CTD Scholarship was established by the Sheppard family in memory of the late Howard Sheppard, Sr. Mr. Sheppard was the founder and President of Howard Sheppard, Inc. until his death in 2011 and was a firm believer in assisting others.

 

OFTC and the OFTC Foundation North, Inc. would like to congratulate all of our scholarship winners.

 

OFTC South Foundation Hosts Annual TOOLS Program

OFTC South Foundation Hosts Annual TOOLS Program

The OFTC Foundation-South, Inc. awarded tools to 17 Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) students at its TOOLS (Tools for Outstanding Occupational Leadership Students) program ceremony. During the 16th annual program held at the DuBose Porter Center, presenters shared the students’ inspiring stories of succeeding in the face of adversity and challenges.

“The students receiving the awards are a prime example of how OFTC provides the education for workforce development in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Lloyd Horadan, OFTC President.

The TOOLS Program is sponsored by the OFTC South Foundation, the Louie & Evelyn Livingston Family Foundation, and Morris Bank. The wide variety of essential tools, from stethoscopes, toolboxes to daycare items will help the following students to get a jump-start on their careers.

Cala Alligood, Radiologic Technology (Rentz)

Crystal Daniel, Medical Assisting (McRae-Helena)