OTC Hosts SPARC
Ogeechee Technical College (OTC), Stay in School Performance Grant, and the Tri-County Workforce Consortium combined efforts recently to provide a summer camp for rising ninth grade students from Bulloch, Evans, and Screven Counties. Supported by a grant received from the Fabricators and Machinists Association Foundation, the students attending the camp were exposed to a variety of manufacturing career options. Scientific Planning and Research Camp, more commonly referred to as SPARC, provided campers with information to help them formulate decisions about possible future careers in the manufacturing sector. Through presentations at OTC, and at a number of area industries, campers received valuable information about manufacturing jobs.
SPARC participants ready their hovercrafts for a race.
“Most people do not realize that the United States still leads the world in manufacturing,” stated Dr. Ben Thompson, Vice President of Economic Development at OTC. “There is still an abundance of very good manufacturing sector jobs in the U.S., and SPARC allows students to learn about those jobs and the potential for good careers in manufacturing that exists,” Dr. Thompson further said.
The camp explored a variety of manufacturing career opportunities, and also provided some fun and challenges for the students. The culmination of the week-long camp was a race of “hovercraft” machines which were built by teams of campers during the week. The demonstration of manufacturing skills exhibited by the hovercraft project was a means of demonstrating to the campers the types of processes that go into manufacturing.
Local industry sponsors for the week-long camp were Loxcreen, The Sack Company, Brodie Meter, Viracon, and Briggs and Stratton, in addition to Stay in School, Tri-County Consortium and OTC. “The generosity of these industry partners made this camp possible, along with the grant that was received. We appreciate the corporate sector’s investment in this project, and trust that it will pay dividends in the way of future employees,” concluded Dr. Thompson. Several area middle school instructors also attended the camp with the students. For more information on manufacturing career training, or any other program of study, contact Ogeechee Technical College at 912.681.5500 or visit www.ogeecheetech.edu.
Contact: Barry Turner