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Ogeechee Tech Growing

There was a time when technical schools were thought of as a second choice to college. These days, that's changed. Nearly a quarter million Georgians are students at tech schools, learning the skills for jobs in the next generation.

With another semester days away at Ogeechee Tech in Statesboro, Brenda Rich helps other students are getting what they need. A working mom, she says technical education is her ticket to a career in medical assistance. "I wanted to be able to get a skill, then get out and get a job in that field."

Her odds are good. Over ninety percent of Georgia technical college graduates get jobs in their field. Technical schools were once considered small and second rate. But at Georgia's 34 schools, they train 150,000 statewide.

Technical Education Commissioner Michael Vollmer says another 140,000 students come to learn English or earn a GED. Vollmer told a luncheon crowd Wednesday schools like Ogeechee Tech are the engine to Georgia's economy.

"You see a workforce where 70 to 75 percent won't be going to a traditional college, so with the skills necessary to the next generation, it's on us to train this workforce," he said.

The school is on the move. With three land donations, they'll expand in Statesboro and their satellite campuses in Evans and Screven Counties.

"We're very pleased and thankful to the contributors who have given these resources to meet our mission," said college president Dr. Gene Waters.

The donations include a horticulture facility in Statesboro, a commercial truck driving range for Evans County and a multipurpose facility in Screven County.

That means even more opportunities for Brenda Rich and future students.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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