Braxton Named TCSG’s 2020 Rick Perkins Award Runner-up

Respiratory Care Instructor and a Clinical Coordinator for Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), Kelley Braxton, was named a runner-up for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2020 Rick Perkins Award (RPA), Wednesday, September 30. 

Braxton was named OFTC’s 2020 Rick Perkins Award winner and Instructor of the Year in December before going on to compete regionally against other TCSG colleges. She was announced a top-nine finalist in August.  

The RPA program seeks to honor the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) most outstanding instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership. 

Braxton has been a part of the OFTC family since 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from Middle Georgia State University, and a Master of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Respiratory Therapy from Georgia State University. 

For four years in a row, Braxton has received the COARC Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award on behalf of OFTC, given in recognition of outstanding performance to nationally accredited respiratory programs for RRT credentialing success, retention, on-time graduation rate, and overall employer and graduate satisfaction. 

She was nominated for the RPA by respiratory student, Susan Scarbrough.

OFTC's 2020 Rick Perkins Award winner, Kelley Braxton (L) and OFTC President, Erica Harden (R).

OFTC’s 2020 Rick Perkins Award winner, Kelley Braxton (L) and OFTC President, Erica Harden (R).



The mission of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is to contribute to the economic and workforce development of east central Georgia through quality technical and continuing education, adult education, and business and industry services. The College offers associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, and non-credit certificates in a student-centered learning environment through traditional and distance education modes of delivery.  


The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit