Change of Plans Leads to Skills in High-Demand Field for Price

“Realizing what you always dreamed of for a career is not right for you is a terrifying experience, but it’s not the end of the world.”

That’s what Lauren Price said as she shared her story of how she came to Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC).

Like many college students, Price faced an identity crisis. After graduating high school, she had a plan. She went away to college only to learn her dream career was not for her.

Instead of continuing in a program she didn’t enjoy and racking-up student-debt, Price decided to branch out. She says students who face similar situations should do the same. “Ask your family and friends about their careers. If something sounds interesting, look into it and take a class to see if you enjoy it,” she said.

Taking her own advice, Price opened her mind to new career opportunities. “I thought about my brother and uncle who both attended OFTC and saw their success, so I decided to give OFTC a try.”

“My uncle is a machinist at Warner Robins Air Force Base, and I found his work interesting,” Price shared. She looked into OFTC’s Precision Machining & Manufacturing Program which focuses on creating precision parts from raw materials like metal and quickly enrolled.

“Unlike a traditional university, OFTC allows you to finish quickly, and there are a lot of hands-on degree options so someone can know quickly if that program is the right career path,” Price said.

Not long after starting classes, Price discovered this career was the right one for her. “I really enjoy the hands-on aspect of the machine tool program,” she said.

With two semesters left before completing her degree, Price hopes to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and obtain employment as a machinist at Robins Air Force Base.

“Machining is a high demand job and I’m excited about my future, thanks to OFTC,” Price added.

While her plans didn’t turn out like she originally hoped, Price is glad she found her way to OFTC. “I think in a lot of ways, technical colleges like OFTC are better than a four-year college or university,” she said.

For more info about OFTC’s Machine Tool program, or other programs, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu. To learn more about the Technical College System of Georgia, visit TCSG.edu.

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Lauren Price, Machine Tool Student

OFTC Machine Tool student, Lauren Price, in the lab working on a lathe.