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Despite being one of the smallest technical colleges in the state, Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) has carved out a significant niche in the educational landscape of Georgia, standing as a beacon of technical education and workforce development. Under the forward-thinking leadership of Lori Durden, the college’s president since 2016, OTC has continued to thrive, fulfilling its mission of providing quality technical education and fostering economic growth.

A Brief History of OTC
Established in 1986, Ogeechee Technical Institute initially served 25 students in Practical Nursing at a local hospital. Over the decades, it has grown into Ogeechee Technical College, a robust institution with over 2,900 students enrolled in credit classes in 2023. The college’s journey, from a single nursing program to a comprehensive institution offering a wide array of programs, underscores its commitment to meeting the evolving educational and employment needs of Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties.

Lori Durden, President

Impact on the Community
OTC’s impact on its community is profound. It has seamlessly integrated itself into the local fabric, providing workforce development training that is critical to the area’s economic health. Local businesses rely heavily on OTC to supply skilled professionals in various fields, from healthcare to industrial maintenance, ensuring the smooth operation of essential services and industries. The college’s allied health programs have been particularly pivotal in supporting the regional healthcare system and recently expanded to include an Associate of Science in Nursing program.

Technical Programs and Industry Partnerships
OTC is renowned for its diverse technical programs, including nursing and allied health, industrial maintenance and automation, and emerging fields like electric vehicle maintenance and cybersecurity. Unique offerings such as the Funeral Services Education program, the only publicly accredited one in Georgia, and a strong Fish and Wildlife program further highlight OTC’s comprehensive approach to education.

OTC’s profile has been elevated through strategic industry partnerships and innovative marketing efforts. Collaborations with industry giants like Amazon and Hyundai validate the quality of OTC’s programs and the readiness of its graduates. A newly renovated website, creative social media engagement, and targeted marketing campaigns have also played crucial roles in promoting the college’s strengths and successes.

Prioritizing Student Success
The college strives to make education accessible and relevant, streamlining programs to reduce completion time while maintaining high standards. Financial aid support, scholarships, and comprehensive student services ensure that education remains within reach for all students. Engaging campus life and an inclusive environment further enhance student experiences, fostering a strong sense of community and belonging.

Looking to the Future
Looking ahead, OTC is poised for continued growth and innovation. The upcoming Georgia Industrial Systems and Robotics Training Center, set to open in 2026, is a testament to OTC’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in education. One of only a few sites in the country authorized to do FANUC satellite training, this facility will provide leading-edge training in robotics and industrial systems, preparing students for the modern manufacturing landscape.

Additionally, the college plans to expand its healthcare programs to meet the increasing demand for healthcare professionals, ensuring that its graduates are well-equipped to serve in various settings.

As the community evolves, so does Ogeechee Technical College. With a solid foundation, dynamic leadership, and a clear vision for the future, OTC is well-prepared to continue its mission of empowering students and supporting regional economic growth.

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