OFTC’s Williams Finds Local Career Success
In 2017, Nathanael Williams was named “Student of the Year” at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC). Little did he know this experience would lead him to his future career as a networking support specialist at South Central Health District in Dublin, Ga.
“We first became aware of Nathanael when he was the Georgia Occupational Award for Leadership (GOAL) award winner at OFTC,” shared Fred Young, District IT Director at South Central Health District. “He gave his speech to the Dublin Rotary Club and made a positive impression.”
Several months after giving his speech, Williams was contacted by South Central Health District to interview for an open position in their IT department. “He did well in the interview and was offered and accepted his current position as a Networking Support Specialist,” Young said.
In his current role Williams is responsible for the support of network operations for approximately 150 employees. “I interface with end-users in our day to day operations,” Williams said. “Some days consist of setting up new computer hardware and peripherals while other days I assist in the maintenance of the medical software used by our nurses.”
Williams’s dedication and work ethic has proven himself to be an asset to his new employers. “Nathanael is knowledgeable, able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously, and can refocus quickly if priorities change without warning,” Young shared. “His ability to assess varying situations and suggest viable solutions with clarity make him an outstanding employee.”
Six months into his new career, Williams is enjoying his work and says one of the things he enjoys most is that he’s trusted to get the job done. “I’m trusted to accomplish the tasks assigned to me,” he said. “In other words, I’m given space to fulfill my role. There is no hand-holding and I appreciate that. However, if there is something that I have questions about, my supervisor, Fred, doesn’t hesitate to clue me in.”
Williams will graduate with his Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Networking Specialist from OFTC June 14 and says he’s grateful for the experiences he’s had at OFTC.
“OFTC played a big part in preparing me for my chosen career path, though it was ultimately my decision to take the first step regarding what it was that I wanted to do with my life,” he shared. “Winning the GOAL Award was an unexpected feat and because of it I’ve had the opportunity to expand my professional network and my mindset has been elevated.”
After graduation, Williams’s will close this chapter of his life but the relationships he’s built with the OFTC family will continue. “I hope to keep in contact with those individuals who have been a positive influence on my college and professional life for many years to come,” Williams said. “My two-year journey at OFTC, paved in hard work and diligence, has been an overall excellent experience.”