Hooks Says OFTC Instructors Make All the Difference

After high school Carly Hooks planned to become a dental hygienist. But something kept telling her it wasn’t what she needed to do.

“I always thought I would work in the medical field, but I wasn’t exactly sure where I would fit into that kind of career,” she said.

Unsure, Hooks watched as her sister began to thrive in the nursing program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC). So, she decided to start there and figure the rest out later.

“I only planned on attending classes at OFTC for one semester,” Hooks said, “but after just a few days in my first class I knew I needed to stay at this college as long as I could. I could tell how much my instructors wanted me to learn the material and that’s the best environment I could ask to be in to gain an education.”

A Respiratory Career

Hooks knew she was looking for a career where there was always something new to learn, a career she could build upon, and something that would keep her interest. “Respiratory Care really intrigued me,” she said. “I decided to look into it, and I haven’t been disappointed,” she said.

Hooks is now three semesters into OFTC’s Respiratory Care Associate Degree program and is embracing her new-found purpose.

“I am very interested in sleep disorders,” she said. “After I graduate with my degree in Respiratory Care, I plan to obtain certification in Sleeping Disorders and find a job in this area of care.”

A College Like OFTC

Looking back on her first few semesters, Hooks realizes she could be in a very different place if it weren’t for the impact her OFTC instructors made on the very first day of class and every day since. “OFTC has the best instructors who absolutely put their students first! I am so thankful to have found a college like OFTC,” she said.

The affordable tuition and small class sizes have also made an impression on Hooks.

“I definitely think the small class sizes are a major perk to OFTC and technical college in general,” Hooks said. “It offers less distraction and allows students like me to feel more comfortable.”

“College is expensive no matter where you go,” she added, “but OFTC offers lower tuition costs. It helps me to know that once I graduate, I won’t spend the next ten years trying to pay off several different student loans.”

Hooks wants others to know how glad she is she found her way to OFTC. “I want everyone to know that there are plenty of educators at colleges like OFTC who are really interested in their student’s success,” she said. “Technical colleges have programs for everyone, and many students can graduate debt free – that is reason enough for me to choose education through OFTC.”

For more info on OFTC’s Respiratory Care program or the 100+ programs offered, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

Hooks is from Lumber City and was named one of OFTC’s top four 2020 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) finalists.

Pictured, Carly Hooks is holding a laryngoscope blade that is used for respiratory therapists to be able to visualize the vocal cords to help intubate a patient. Intubate means passing an endotracheal tube down the vocal cords to better assist in airway protection. The endotracheal tube may also be connected to a mechanical ventilator, which is a machine that delivers breaths to a patient.

Pictured, Carly Hooks is holding a laryngoscope blade that is used for respiratory therapists to be able to visualize the vocal cords to help intubate a patient. Intubate means passing an endotracheal tube down the vocal cords to better assist in airway protection. The endotracheal tube may also be connected to a mechanical ventilator, which is a machine that delivers breaths to a patient.