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Strategic Plan 2015-2019


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Table of Contents 3 Mission, Vision, & SDA 4 Overview 5 Goal 1 6 Goal 2 7 Goal 3 8 Goal 4 9 Goal 5 10 Goal 6 11 Board Members Okefenokee Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Okefenokee Technical College.


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Mission, Vision, & SDA Overview Goal 1 Goal 2 Goal 3

Mission

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Goal 4 Goal 5 Goal 6 Board Members

Service Delivery Area

Okefenokee Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, educates students through rigorous, learner-centered occupational programs designed to meet the workforce development, literacy, and lifelong learning needs of Southeast Georgia. The College provides college-wide services; associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs; adult education programs; continuing education; and customized business and industry training through traditional and distance delivery formats at on-and off- campus locations.

Vision The vision of Okefenokee Technical College is that Okefenokee Technical College will be recognized as the leader in and provider of choice for technical education, adult education, business and industry training, continuing education and economic development in the region.

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Overview of Okefenokee Technical College Goals In order to create a skilled local workforce, Okefenokee Technical has established strategic goals and supporting objectives to achieve its mission and to ensure student success. The following goals capture the critical areas of postsecondary education and training provided by Okefenokee Technical College.

GOAL 1

STUDENTS: Promote student success through accessible, high quality education and training which meet the workforce needs of the six county service delivery area.

GOAL 2

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Promote student success through effective student support services and experiences.

Goal 3

BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY: Promote economic development through workforce training and partnerships.

Goal 4 COLLEGE ADVANCEMENT: Improve the visibility, value, and support of technical education, adult education and workforce training for all citizens in Southeast Georgia.

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ACCOUNTABILITY: Maintain a culture of accountability and continuous improvement through an ongoing research-based system of assessment, planning, and budgeting.

Goal 6

TECHNOLOGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Provide well-maintained facilities including technological infrastructure and systems needed to deliver efficient and effective services and information resources, enhancing an optimum learning environment for the campus.


Students Goal 1 Promote student success through accessible, high quality education and training to meet the workforce needs of the six county service delivery areas. Objectives 1. Establish and evaluate, annually, student learning outcomes to improve student learning. 2. Increase the number of high school, dual enrolled, and ACCEL students. 3. Plan, implement, and evaluate strategies to improve student retention and graduation rates. 4. Increase the number of qualified workers employed or available for employment in Southeast Georgia. 5. Conduct needs assessment of the service delivery area to determine program needs for academic and continuing education. 6. Expand graduate opportunities by increasing program articulation agreements with other higher education institutions. 7. Decrease the time to graduation through a redesign of learning support services. 8. Provide and maintain library/media center support for on-campus, off-campus, and distance program offerings.

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Student Support Services GOAL 2 Promote student success through effective student support services and experiences.

Objectives 1. Increase student involvement by expanding and promoting student activities. 2. Improve access for special populations. 3. Increase awareness of student support services and facilitate the collaboration of student support services from recruitment to job placement. 4. Increase use of technology to deliver student services consistent with current trends in strategic enrollment management. 5. Improve internal and external customer service. 6. Develop, implement, and evaluate recruitment and retention strategies.

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BUSINESS AND cOMMUNITY Goal 3 Promote economic development through workforce training and partnerships. Objectives 1. Provide client-focused, customized solutions and training for new and existing business and industry to stimulate economic development opportunities. 2. Develop and offer continuing education programs that promote lifelong learning opportunities. 3. Provide certification training and testing that promotes attainment of enhanced credentials in the workforce. 4. Develop community relationships that promote economic development opportunities for local and international business and industry. 5. Promote adult literacy and increase number of GED graduates. 6. Increase GED student and graduate transitions to postsecondary career pathways and employment. 7. Assist communities in establishing and maintaining Certified Literate Community Programs.

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College Advancement Goal 4 Improve the visibility, value, and support of technical education, adult education and workforce training for all citizens in Southeast Georgia.

Objectives 1. Increase funding and resources for student and program support through industry partnerships, private donations, grants, or other means. 2. Enhance the visibility of the College and Foundation using various strategies with an emphasis on social networking and multimedia platforms. 3. Increase efficiency of the College through effective use of fiscal resources. 4. Provide faculty and staff with ongoing professional development support. 5. Recruit, develop, and lead a sufficient, qualified, and diverse faculty and staff.

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Accountability Goal 5 Maintain a culture of accountability and continuous improvement through an ongoing research-based system of assessment, planning, and budgeting Objectives 1. Utilize a web-based software system for assessment, planning and budgeting. 2. Maintain a culture of assessment and accountability to ensure that decisions are data driven to strengthen effectiveness and efficiency of all areas of the College. 3. Participate as a partner in the Complete College Georgia initiative implemented through the Georgia Higher Education Completion Plan, a joint project of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. 4. Ensure that College policies, procedures and practices are in compliance with external agencies/ organizations including the Technical College System of Georgia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and specialized program accreditation/certification organizations.

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Technology and Infrastructure Goal 6 Provide well-maintained facilities including technological infrastructure and systems needed to deliver efficient, effective services and information resources, enhancing an optimum learning environment for the campus. Objectives 1. Increase accessibility of electronic data to facilitate effective communication and delivery of services. 2. Enhance campus technology to continually improve the college network infrastructure to streamline processes and improve services. 3. Provide campus-wide technologies and infrastructure to enhance student learning opportunities. 4. Provide safe and secure campuses. 5. Construct new facilities, maintain and renovate current facilities, and maintain campus grounds to meet the needs of current and future students. 6. Develop long range facility plans that support the Technical College System of Georgia’s capital budget requests, ensuring the College maintains world class facilities to enhance student learning.

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Board of Directors

Phillip Cook, Chair

Lee Gowen

Keith Johnson, MD

Toni Nelson

Greg Jacobs

Daniel Johnson

Jack Johnson

Board of Trustees

Ben Bennett

Kelly Brooks

Jeff Brown

Bonnie Davis

Sam Edgar

Van Herrin

Bill Higginson

Phil Martin

Tommy Nimmer

Larry Paulk, Chair

Bruce Tison

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W W W. O K E F E N O K E E T E C H . E D U

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and its constituent technical colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). This nondiscrimination policy encompasses the operation of all TCSG and technical collegeadministered programs, federally financed programs, and educational programs and activities involving admissions, scholarships and loans, student life and athletics. It also applies to the recruitment and employment of personnel and the contracting for goods and services. Okefenokee Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. Any violation of or questions related to Title IX should be directed to Title IX Coordinator Danita Cannon VP for Student Affairs (912) 287-5806 dcannon@okefenokeetech.edu

Section 504 Coordinator Karen Boyle Retention Coordinator (912) 287-6119 kboyle@okefenokeetech.edu

EO for OTC Employees Cynthia Linder HR Coordinator (912) 287-4098 clinder@okefenokeetech.edu


Okefenokee Technical College Strategic Plan 2015-2019