HS Sophomore Elijah Green says OFTC’s DE Classes are Preparing him for Success
Elijah Green is a tenth grader at Warren County High School in Warrenton, Ga., and is set to enter his junior year with 15 college credit hours.
After talking with his high school counselor, George Lee, and his parents about careers in technology, Green decided to start college early by taking dual enrollment classes at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Sandersville.
A love for both technology and a challenge sparked Green’s interest in OFTC’s cybersecurity program. “I knew OFTC was the right choice to make if I wanted to give myself a head start,” he said.
Twice a week, Green is bussed from his high school, along with several other class mates, to OFTC’s campus where he takes his classes.
Green started taking dual enrollment classes at OFTC last August and has already completed Introduction to College & Computers, Hardware Install & Maintenance, and Computer Concepts, and he’s currently taking Computer Networking Fundamentals and Operating System Concepts.
“I feel like the skills I’ve learned so far can help me while I’m in school and once I graduate with issues I may face with computer mechanics or program functions, or in the event something with my computer just goes wrong one day,” Green shared. “I’ve really enjoyed the hands-on activities in my classes like installing a motherboard, CPU or graphics card, learning about building computers, and learning more about the Microsoft programs.”
While he still has time to decide on a career path after high school, Green hopes to become a lawyer then judge or enter the military to work at Fort Gordon, but says he already sees how his training at OFTC will help him whichever path he chooses.
“At any point in either of my career choices there could be a time when I must type a report, build a graph, or fix an error or malfunction with a computer, and those are skills I now know how to do thanks to my classes at OFTC,” he said.
Green says he’s happy his high school offered these dual enrollment opportunities to students. “I feel that it’s more than a good thing that my school offers dual enrollment because it’s a stepping stone to preparing us for full-time college, careers and life.”
Dual Enrollment at OFTC provides an opportunity for students at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home school program in Georgia, to dual enroll and begin taking college classes. Students take coursework at OFTC for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and post-secondary requirements. Full tuition and most fees and textbook costs are covered.
Those interested in learning more about dual enrollment opportunities available through OFTC should contact Jennifer Todd (Sandersville Campus) or Robbie Hobbs (Dublin Campus). Students interested in participating should first talk with their high school guidance counselor.