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Wanted: Student Entries for Student Design Contest
Wanted: Student Entries for Student Design Contest

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) is seeking entries from local students for Georgia's Annual Manufacturing Appreciation Week Design Competition for elementary through high school students. Students from across Georgia will submit artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. The contest includes three categories:

  • Elementary School Students — Placemat Designs
  • Middle School Students — Poster Designs
  • High School Students — T-shirt Designs

A monetary scholarship of $500 will be presented to the first place state winner of each category by the governor of Georgia. Submitted artwork will not be returned to contestants.

Contest creators hope that the competition will inspire area students to research information on manufacturing and learn that a career in manufacturing can be so much more than assembly line work.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to promote awareness of manufacturing and its importance to the state of Georgia. Manufacturing is vital to Georgia’s economy, accounting for almost 10 percent of the employment in the state.

Nearly 9,000 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing jobs for approximately 408,427 Georgians.

Some of Georgia's manufacturing operations include a variety of industries, such as transportation equipment, aerospace, computers and electronics, food, paper, metal fabrication, textiles, and plastics.

For 2013, winners will be announced and their artwork displayed at the Governor's Awards Luncheon on April 3rd at the Georgia International Convention Center during Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW).

"Every year we have a number of elementary schools in OFTC's 11 county service area who participate in this contest," explained Jennifer Ahrens, OFTC's Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

"Last year, Paula Cruz, a 5th grader from Bleckley County, won first place in the placement category and was awarded a $500 scholarship check," continued Ahrens. "With scholarships of $500, $300, and $100 in each category, I hope more students from area elementary, middle, and high schools will take a chance and submit their design."

To learn more about the contest, contact Jennifer Ahrens by email at jahrens@OFTC.edu.

For an informational flyer and official contest rules, visit www.OFTC.edu/MAW. All submissions must be received by January 25th, and can be mailed or dropped off to OFTC, 1189 Deepstep Road, Sandersville, GA 31082, ATTN: The Office of Marketing.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.


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