Carley Loyd Says OFTC was Right Fit for College

After her mother’s battle with cancer, Carley Loyd pushed the idea of college out of her mind. “I knew we would not have the money,” she said.

But upon her mother’s persistence, Loyd searched and chose a college to attend in the fall like her fellow classmates. But weeks before her high school graduation, she knew her choice wasn’t right.

“The college I originally chose did not fit me or what I really wanted,” Loyd said.

That was two years ago, and now Loyd is only months away from graduating with her Associate’s Degree in Pharmacy Technology from Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC).

The Road to OFTC

Ever since she was a little girl, Loyd knew she wanted to do something in the medical field. When it came time to choose a route to take she landed on pharmacy after going back-and-forth between it and nursing.

“Pharmacy interests me because of all the different medications there are and how they react in the body,” Loyd said. “Each medication is different in so many ways and it’s so amazing to me.”

After hearing positive things about OFTC and their pharmacy technology program, Loyd and her mom scheduled an appointment to meet with a college representative to see if OFTC was the right fit. “As soon as I stepped onto the campus I knew OFTC was where I belonged,” Loyd shared.

Hands-on Experience

One of the things about OFTC Loyd says she feels has made a difference in her schooling is the hands-on component of her coursework. “My education at OFTC – a technical college – has set me apart from others my age because I have gained so much hands-on work experience,” Loyd said.

Currently employed as a pharmacy technician at CVS in Sandersville, Loyd is thrilled at the thought of one day soon having ‘Certified Pharmacy Technician’ on her name badge.

“This OFTC program is preparing me for my future by giving me the best learning tools I could possibly have” she said. “Also, instead of being a regular technician, after I complete the program and pass the state board I will be a certified pharmacy technician which is so wonderful!”

Loyd has seen her classroom learning take shape while working at CVS. “We recently had a problem with a customer’s last name and after a few minutes of thinking I was able to fix the problem because of a lesson I recently learned in class,” Loyd shared, solidifying her belief that OFTC’s pharmacy program is preparing her for the real world of pharmacy.

“Carley’s work experience and knowledge has made her a better student in the classroom,” shared OFTC Pharmacy Technology Instructor, Jack Shepherd. “I have been impressed with her leadership skills and she will make a great certified pharmacy technician in the pharmacy field and will advance I’m sure.”

Prepared for the Future

While looking towards her future which consists of plans to continue using her pharmacy skills and hopes of one day becoming a nurse, Loyd can’t help but look back on her time at OFTC and be thankful. “My experience at OFTC has been great and I could not ask for a better program to prepare me for my future as a pharmacy technician,” Loyd said.

“OFTC is a place where students succeed and a wonderful place to pursue whatever you’re passionate about,” she added, citing some of the best features of OFTC are the faculty and staff, the low-cost tuition, and the fact that you can have a degree in half the time.

“I am so glad I made the decision to attend OFTC after high school,” she said. “I cannot thank the instructors and staff enough on both the Dublin and Sandersville campuses because without them I would not be as successful as I am.”

To learn more about OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology program, visit the College’s website,

Carley Loyd, an OFTC Pharmacy Technology student working in the lab, counting pills to fill a prescription.

Carley Loyd, an OFTC Pharmacy Technology student working in the lab, counting pills to fill a prescription.