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Meeks Named OFTC’s 2014 Rick Perkins Winner
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Meeks Named OFTC’s 2014 Rick Perkins Winner

Oconee Fall Line Technical College named English Instructor Kim Meeks 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 11th at a gathering honoring the Rick Perkins nominees.

Other finalists for the title included Dr. Tiffany Daniel, Division Chair of Arts & Sciences / Learning Support; Mr. Jeff Partridge, Welding Instructor; Mr. Jack Shepherd, Pharmacy Technology Instructor; Ms. Leslie Thigpen, Division Chair, Allied Health Sciences, Practical Nursing; and Ms. Deb Thomsen, Practical Nursing 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.

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 attorney Jason Davis of Sandersville, and Carol Goins, Jane Frederick and Nancy Brewer from the Dublin Pilot Club.

Meeks is a current resident of Soperton, Georgia, and teaches English courses at the South Campus in Dublin. She has taught for OFTC (and formerly Heart of Georgia Technical College) for 13 years. Meeks was nominated for this award by OFTC Math Instructor Kristen Garnto.

“Technical college meets learners where they are,” explained Meeks. “We have a place for everyone. Technical colleges provide skilled workers with an educational base for new companies, promote community growth, and help students find jobs in their home towns so that they give back to their communities by becoming responsible tax-paying citizens.”

Meeks 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.

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