Trade School Future Names OFTC in Top 5 Best Automotive Schools in Southeast

The Automotive Technology program at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) in Dublin was recently named one of the five best automotive schools in the Southeast by Trade School Future.

Trade School Future is an online resource whose purpose is to connect technical and mechanically minded people to education and career opportunities within their areas of interest.

OFTC was the only college in Georgia named in the ranking. Others included were West Kentucky Community & Technical College, East Mississippi Community College, NOVA Community College, and Advanced Technology Institute.

“We believe in the power of craftsmanship, service knowledge, and we want to empower the next generation of mechanics and technicians to pursue a career that lets them showcase those gifts,” it says on the ‘Who We Are’ section of the Trade School Future website. “Dozens of industries are in need of a skilled trade workforce including government, marine, automotive, freight, and more. We want to help remove any barrier that might stand in the way of talented people joining and leading these industries.”

OFTC’s automotive technology program is designed to prepare students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession and offers several diplomas which can be completed in three to five semesters, and technical certificates of credit which can be completed in one to two semesters.

“The employment opportunities for qualified automotive technicians is limitless in today’s economy,” shared Roy Williams, Dean of OFTC’s Trades & Industry programs. “OFTC offers the traditional structured training online, in the classroom, and in the automotive lab. Additionally, our automotive students get the opportunity to do many hands-on tasks that give them a variety of vehicles to work on, much like they will see in a working repair shop. Also, this aids in developing troubleshooting skills that are vital in today’s workplace.”

OFTC’s tuition is also affordable with most of the automotive technology programs offered qualifying for Georgia’s Hope Career Grant and free tuition. The Hope Career Grant is open to students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned within industries in Georgia where there are more jobs available than there are skilled workers to fill them.

Not only is training for a career in the automotive industry affordable, the job outlook in Georgia is also bright.

According to a story in a May 2018 edition of Georgia Trend, author Jennifer Hafer writes, “In the last five years, Georgia located 97 automotive companies creating 7,376 jobs. The state is also home to more than 300 automotive-related facilities and six headquarters, including Cox Automotive, Genuine Parts Co., Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Novelis, Exide Technologies and Porsche Cars North America Inc. And in January, Groupe PSA, the French manufacturer of Peugeot and Citroën and the second-largest carmaker in Europe, announced it will open its North American headquarters in Atlanta.”

To view the Trade School Future ‘Five Best Automotive Schools in the Southeast’ ranking, visit their Facebook page. To learn more about OFTC’s Automotive Technology programs, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

An OFTC Automotive Technology student changing out the oil on an OFTC fleet vehicle for practice in the automotive technology lab in Dublin.
An OFTC Automotive Technology student changing out the oil on an OFTC fleet vehicle for practice in the automotive technology lab in Dublin.