Okefenokee Technical College was established in 1962 due to a bond referendum for the construction of the Waycross-Ware County Area Vocational-Technical School. Okefenokee Technical College is a public two year College that specializes in awarding Associates degrees and certificates. Okefenokee Technical College mainly serves students who are residents in the counties of Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, and Ware. The main campus for Okefenokee Technical College is located in Waycross, Georgia. In addition to the main campus, there is a branch campus in Alma, Bacon County, and off-campus sites in the remaining four counties. The off-campus sites help Okefenokee Technical College provide extended adult education services to citizens. It is the mission of Okefenokee Technical College to provide education to students through rigorous, learner-centered occupational programs designed to meet the workforce development, literacy, and lifelong learning needs of Southeast Georgia.
Okefenokee Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council on Occupational Education to award Associate’s degrees and select one- or two-year certificates. In addition to overall accreditation, the Radiologic Technology at Okefenokee Technical College has been awarded specialized accreditation.
Okefenokee Technical College holds an open admission policy for all students interested in applying. There is however, a nonrefundable $20 application fee required by all students. Students who do attend Okefenokee Technical College return for a subsequent year at a rate of 47% for full time students and 34% for part time students. Students typically graduate within the two years it is expected to obtain an Associate’s degree at a rate of 35% and graduate within three years at a rate of 43%.
There are 1,333 students enrolled in classes at Okefenokee Technical College, with 35% male and 65% female students. About 50% of students taking classes at Okefenokee Technical College are under the age of 25. There is hardly any racial diversity with white students making up 71% of the student body. The remaining races that are represented make up 25%, 3% and 1% for African American students, Hispanic students and American Indian students respectively. All of the students at Okefenokee Technical College are in-state residents. Enrolled students attend classes full-time at a rate of 68%.
At Okefenokee Technical College, academic programs are designed to provide students with the opportunity to increase academic knowledge and to develop and hone their skills. In doing this, Okefenokee Technical College hopes to guide students so they can secure personally satisfying, rewarding and socially useful employment. Students can complete programs leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree, a high school diploma or a variety of technical certificates. Degrees and certificates are offered in the fields of:
- Business and Computer Programs
- Medical Programs
- Professional Service Programs
- Technical and Industry Programs
At Okefenokee Technical College there are 96 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. Okefenokee Technical College strives to provide an excellent education through their well-qualified, caring faculty and small class sizes due to a 13:1 student to faculty ratio.
For students whose schedules are too hectic for traditional in class learning, a variety of classes are available completely online. Even in online formatted classes Okefenokee Technical College provides the opportunities for students to interact with the instructor and other students through electronic means.
When not in class, students have to option to stay involved at Okefenokee Technical College through student organizations and athletics. Okefenokee Technical College highly values its student organizations and believes student involvement in extracurricular activities allows students to develop effective leadership, organization and fellowship skills. There are a variety of organizations spanning a broad range of interests and talents. The organizations include:
- Skills USA VICA
- Student Government Association
- National Technical Honor Society
- Georgia Phi Beta Lambda
- Student Ambassador
- Intramural Sports
Students at Okefenokee Technical College are charged $2,500 in tuition and fees per academic year if they are in-state residents and $4,750 if they are out-of-state residents. There is a financial aid office at Okefenokee Technical College that can help students find and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Just shy of 100% of students currently receive financial grants or scholarships with the average award amount reaching $5,422.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:667
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