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OFTC’s Meeks recognized as a finalist for the 2014 TCSG Instructor of the Year
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OFTC’s Meeks recognized as a finalist for the 2014 TCSG Instructor of the Year

Atlanta, GA – Kim Meeks, an English instructor at Oconee Fall Line Technical College, was recently honored as one of the nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Instructor of the Year.

The top instructors from each of the state’s 24 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia, compete for the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

The finalists for the award were recognized and congratulated by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a banquet in honor of the system’s best instructors and top students at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 24th.

“Kim’s passion for teaching and devotion to the long-term success of her students has earned her the well-deserved respect of the entire Technical College System of Georgia. I congratulate her for being one of the nine finalists for Georgia’s technical college instructor of the year, and I thank her for being such an outstanding representative of Oconee Fall Line Technical College,” said Jackson.

“We are all immensely proud of Kim,” said OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan. “Inspiration comes in many forms, and our College is fortunate to have caring and skilled instructors like Kim who teach for the reward of their students’ success.”

Selection for the TCSG’s Rick Perkins Award program starts with the naming of the top instructor at each college. A regional competition follows, where nine the finalists are chosen to compete for the state Rick Perkins Award and earn the honor as Georgia’s technical college instructor of the year.

In April, the nine instructors are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges from business, industry and higher education. The selection criteria include teaching experience and innovative learning techniques, leadership and community involvement, and a strong commitment to the technical education mission of the TCSG.

The TCSG 2014 Rick Perkins Award winner is David Byers, a dental hygiene instructor at Lanier Technical College.

This year, almost 7,000 instructors at the 24 TCSG colleges will educate more than 150,000 students and prepare them for in-demand jobs that are key to Georgia’s economic growth.

About the TCSGThe 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of low tuition, outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs. In 2013, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.4 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 72,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection.TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant which can pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered programs to 71,000 adult learners in 2013, including GED preparation and testing services that enabled almost 16,000 men and women to earn their GED credential.The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.For more information about the TCSG and links to the 24 TCSG colleges, go to www.tcsg.edu.

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