Seventeen OFTC Students Awarded TOOLS to Help Jumpstart Careers

Seventeen Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) students were awarded the program specific tools they’ll need to jump-start their careers during the 23rd annual Tools for Outstanding Occupational Leadership Students (TOOLS) Program held on the college’s Dublin campus, Wednesday, January 19.

Sponsors for the TOOLS Program are the OFTC Foundation (major sponsor), the Evelyn and Louie Livingston Family Foundation (major sponsor), Morris Bank (major sponsor), Fairview Park Hospital (major sponsor), Genola Jackson, Nonatz Inc., Community Bank of Dublin, and Bubba’s Tire Center.

Each year students are nominated by their instructors to compete for the award and are selected by a panel of judges after an application and interview process.

“Every year we are so excited about this event,” shared Kathy Aaron, OFTC’s Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the Foundation. “To see the students and how grateful they are to receive these tools; it just reminds us of why we do what we do here at OFTC.”

Recipients receive the program-specific tools required for their careers so that upon graduation they’re able to seamlessly transition into the workforce without the burden of purchasing necessary on-the-job equipment or tools. Students received items like stethoscopes, toolboxes, welding helmets, scrubs, lab coats and other essential items related to their program of study.

This year’s recipients were:

Jonathan Joiner, Milan, Machine Tool
Gabrielle Howard, Dublin, Practical Nursing
Sykia Folsom, Dublin, Practical Nursing
Kayla Perdue, East Dublin , Medical Assisting
Brendan Mullis, Cochran, Welding
Cynthia Reynolds, McRae, Medical Assisting
Joshua Thomas, East Dublin, Mechatronics
Frederick Coady, Dublin, Electronics
Allison Hobbs, Dexter, Sonography
Lacourtney Johnson, Dublin, Sonography
Lindsay Hardeman, Eastman, Radiologic Technology
Sierra Smith, East Dublin, Radiologic Technology
Charles Neria-Perez, Dublin, Automotive
Johanna Durden, Lumber City, Pharmacy Technology
Leslie White, Chauncey, Pharmacy Technology
Shecoria Smith, Wrightsville, Respiratory Technology
Breona Jenkins, Dublin, Respiratory Technology

For more info on OFTC’s 130+ programs of study, the OFTC Foundation, or the TOOLS program, visit the College’s website,

To view additional photos from the 23rd annual TOOLS event, visit the OFTC Facebook page.