Hall Named OFTC’s 2013 Rick Perkins Winner | Community Spirit
Oconee Fall Line Technical College named Machine Tool Technology Instructor David Hall as the local college winner of the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction, a statewide program initiated by the Technical College System of Georgia to honor outstanding instructors at the System's 25 member institutions.
The announcement was made Tuesday, February 12th at a luncheon honoring GOAL and Rick Perkins nominees, finalists, and winners at the College’s North Campus in Sandersville.
Other finalists for the title included Kevin Corbin, criminal justice instructor; Laura Layfield, computer information systems instructor; and Angie Yarbrough, business administrative technology instructor.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. The recipient of this distinguished award is recognized as Georgia’s Technical College System’s Instructor of the Year.
OFTC Learning Support Instructor Joyce Davis nominated Hall. The finalists gave speeches to a panel of judges who chose the local winner. The panel was comprised of local community leaders from both Dublin and Sandersville, including Dexter Wansley and Susie Wilcher of Sandersville and Marshall Jackson and Bryan Boles of Dublin.
Hall is a current resident of Wrightsville, Georgia and teaches machine tool courses at the South Campus in Dublin. He has taught for OFTC (and formerly Heart of Georgia Technical College) for 25 years. Prior to teaching at OFTC, he worked in private industry, and according to Hall, having a solid hands-on education with real-world work experience is important.
“Technical education has many advantages,” explained Hall. “It’s convenient, low cost, and accessible. It’s also about learning the proper skills to match the right opportunity. That is the lesson I pass on year after year to my students in the machining field.”
Hall will now compete against the winners from other technical colleges in Georgia at the regional level. The regional level of the competition includes Georgia technical college winners from the central area of the state for the region Rick Perkins Award title. Each region will then select two finalists whose names will be announced in April at the annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership and Rick Perkins Award conference in Atlanta. Those finalists will participate in an additional screening process for the state Rick Perkins Award title.