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OFTC PBL Students Collect for Humane Society

OFTC PBL Students Collect for Humane Society

Oconee Fall Line Technical College students in Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) held a food drive for the Dublin-Laurens Humane Society during the month of September.

Donations by area residents and College faculty, staff, and students were delivered on Wednesday, October 2nd.

 

My Teacher is Tops - Kiley Karmazinas

Kiley Karmazinas, a math teacher at West Laurens Middle School is our first "My Teacher is Tops" winner of the 2013-14 school year.

Karmazinas was nominated by Abbie and Ashlyn Sanders, twin 7th graders who are both in her math class.

"She isn't like those other teachers that are just there to teach," the twins explained in their letter. "She's there to be a friend and guide us to be the best we can be."

Karmazinas has been teaching for 10 years.  She started in Wilkinson County, but for the last 9 years has been teaching at West Laurens, the same school she attended as a child.

"I think it's awesome," Karmazinas told 13WMAZ Junior Journalist Josh Barker. "I think it makes us have pride in our school, and I want to make my students feel the same way when they leave, that they want to come home."

Starting College on the Right Key

Starting College on the Right Key

Today, computers are used in almost every aspect of our life. Students in school or college use computers, most businesses use computers extensively in the office and on the manufacturing line, and people use computers every day to surf the internet, email friends, or shop!

At Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), all Diploma and Associate of Applied Science Degree students are required to take the course COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers. The faculty at OFTC know that computers are used in the classroom extensively, and it is in a student's best interest to start off their college career computer literate.

Computer literacy is about learning the basics — how to save and open a file, how to use a word processing program, and how to send and receive email — for starters. It means having some sort of level of comfort around computers rather than a look of fear and a feeling of foreboding.

Bleckley 4th Graders Hear Advice from OFTC Students

Bleckley 4th Graders Hear Advice from OFTC Students

Oconee Fall Line Technical College Adult Education students in Bleckley County have been working on a slideshow presentation for 4th grade students emphasizing the value of education.

"We began this project for our Literacy Awareness Week in Georgia," said OFTC's Associate Dean of Adult Education Roger Byrd. "Educators have told us that the period between the fourth and fifth grade is when many students lose focus on school and opt for dangerous behaviors. Our students worked together to create a slideshow titled 'Voices of Experience' that teachers can use in the classroom that includes advice and experiences of adults who wish they had concentrated more on education when they were younger. Along with the slide show, a teacher guide has been prepared that tells the stories of some of our students in more detail."

Opportunity, Variety and Experience Add Up

Opportunity, Variety and Experience Add Up

Add up all the opportunities the study of accounting can lead to and you get the solution for an exciting career!

"Accounting is a subject taught in most all business programs. It lays the foundation for solid, fiscal management and understanding, a recipe for success in every business," said OFTC Accounting Instructor Dr. Stan Lawson.

Practical application of the subject is also important. 

"OFTC requires a two-pronged learning approach for all students. It is the combination of understanding and implementing their subject," continued Dr. Lawson. "Accounting can be a difficult subject to digest without a great deal of practice. It's not enough to read and understand. Our students leave each class with the ability 'to do'".

As financial regulations become stricter, there will be greater demand in every business field for workers to maintain books and provide accounting services.

OFTC Students Celebrate Literacy at Hillcrest Elementary

OFTC Students Celebrate Literacy at Hillcrest Elementary

DUBLIN, GA - Adult Education students from Oconee Fall Line Technical College's (OFTC) South Campus in Dublin celebrated literacy awareness during September with the theme, “Literacy is a Family Affair.” 

OFTC's students visited Hillcrest Elementary School in September and read to their 2nd graders. After reading each book, the OFTC students would discuss the book with the class.

"The second graders were very attentive and excited to have someone visit their classrooms, and the adult education students were also rewarded by this experience," said OFTC Adult Education Instructor Nan Tanner.

CIS Students at OFTC Begin With Computer Concepts

CIS Students at OFTC Begin With Computer Concepts
640K ought to be enough for anybody.              - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, 1981 

Today's computers are well beyond storage capacities measured in kilobytes (K or KB). Storage today on personal computers is measured in terabytes (TB).  Comparing kilobytes (K or KB) to terabytes (TB) is vastly differentl - 1 TB equals 1,073,741,824 KB. It just doesn't register in today's world with streaming data and video. If that seems large, think about servers whose storage can be measured in zettabytes (ZB) - equaling 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 KB. That's a big number.

And that's the beauty of Computer Information Systems (CIS) education. It's a field that changes constantly, is ever growing, and is high demand for jobs.