OFTC Boasts Highest TCSG Enrollment Increase this Fall
Based on the official Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) seven-day enrollment report, Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) boasted a 35.6% enrollment increase for fall 2019, the highest increase in the state amongst TCSG colleges.
OFTC’s enrollment increased from 1,329 in fall of 2018 to 1,802 in fall of 2019. OFTC President, Erica Harden attributes the growth to the College’s focus on serving students, retention, community involvement, and working with various student populations including 389 dual enrolled high school students and dislocated workers.
“We are excited to see this type of increase in our fall enrollment,” Harden said. “I know these results are a culmination of the hard work and dedication put in by the College’s faculty and staff and we are thrilled to have such an opportunity to impact the 11 counties we serve within our local communities.”
Not only did OFTC tout the highest percentage increase in the state but their numbers were 15.2% higher than the second highest increase.
And while many students may cite the helpfulness of college instructors and staff, program availability, and convenience as reasons for choosing OFTC, three first-semester students shared their reasons for choosing OFTC this fall.
“I chose to attend OFTC this fall because I did dual enrollment my 12th grade year in high school,” shared Christasia Foreman. “I loved the experience of being a part of OFTC so much that I decided to continue my education here after graduation.”
“What I love most about my experience so far,” she continued, “is the nice faculty and staff, and the cleanliness of the campus. I have yet to come across anyone who wasn’t willing to lend a helping hand and I love how everyone is so warm and welcoming.”
Andrew Hancock is a dual enrollment student taking welding classes and says what he loves most is the small class sizes and hands-on experience. “What excites me most about being at OFTC is the hands-on teaching from my instructors,” he shared. “I feel like I will be well prepared for a career when I finish my diploma.”
Austin Zueck saw an education from OFTC as a way to learn a trade and make connections with local industry. “What I enjoy most is the hands-on nature of the courses,” he shared. “You don’t just read for hours out of a book; you can really get involved in the job itself.”