Ogeechee Technical College breaks ground on Health Science Building North
Dignitaries participating in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Health Science Building North at Ogeechee Technical College included, left to right, Bulloch County Commissioner Carolyn Ethridge, County Commission Chair Garrett Nevil, County Commissioner Roy Thompson, State Representative Bob Lane, Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce chair Jamey Cartee, State Representative Butch Parrish, State Representative Elect Jan Tankersley, State Senator Jack Hill, OTC President Dr. Dawn Cartee, Governor Sonny Perdue, TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson, TCSG State Board member Tommy David, State Representative Jon Burns, Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen, Bulloch County Commissioner Walter Gibson, OTC Board of Directors vice-chair Roger Moore, and OTC Board of Directors chair, Dr. Dale Grant.
Ogeechee Technical College broke ground for its new Health Science Building North on October 14, with Governor Sonny Perdue, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson, and other dignitaries on hand. The 26,000 square feet building will provide much needed space for Ogeechee Tech’s Imaging Science programs, as well as its Opticianry, and other programs. With a price tag of just over $6 million, the project will fill a need for additional space at Ogeechee Tech. Ogeechee Technical College Board of Directors chair, Dr. Dale Grant, welcomed those attending the event, after which Mr. Roger Moore, vice-chair of the Board, gave the invocation.
“Two years ago we started Fall quarter with around 1900 students, but this Fall we have nearly 3000 students enrolled, so this new building will help meet a significant need for our College, our community, and especially our students,” stated Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Technical College. Cartee expressed her appreciation to the local legislative delegation, the Governor, Commissioner Jackson, and others, for their work in securing funding for the project.
Cartee then introduced Commissioner Ron Jackson of the Technical College System of Georgia. Commissioner Jackson addressed the Governor and legislative delegation by stating that the State can be sure that funds spent for projects such as the building of the Health Science facility is money well spent. “As we baby-boomers grow older, we need to know that those who will provide our healthcare have been trained properly on all the latest technology and techniques. We know that facilities such as this building for which we are breaking ground, and the equipment and instructors in it, will ensure healthcare professionals are prepared to take care of us!” stated Commissioner Jackson.
Senator Jack Hill was next to the podium to bring greetings from the legislative delegation serving Ogeechee Tech and its service delivery area. “We are honored to serve this area, and we feel it is our duty to make sure that there are excellent educational opportunities for our citizens. The procurement of funds for this new building was a team effort and all of our delegation, along with the Governor, those working in the budget office, and others made this possible,” stated Hill.
Prior to Governor Sonny Perdue taking the podium, he was introduced by vice-chair of the Georgia Board of Public Safety, and Statesboro resident, Mr. Ellis Wood. Wood enumerated many of the Governor’s attributes, including the ability to make tough decisions during challenging economic times, while still seeing the value in providing state of the art educational facilities such as Ogeechee Tech’s new Health Science building.
Governor Perdue discussed the importance of healthcare to the citizens of Georgia, and noted that the first step in providing quality healthcare is quality education of those entering the profession. “I spoke with some of the students here, and I’ve let them know that I want them to do their best in getting their education, because they may be taking care of me and my family some day,” stated Perdue. The Governor also commented on the groundbreaking for a new Great Dane trailer plant which was held in Statesboro earlier in the day, and the significance Ogeechee Technical College played in that event. “I can tell you that Great Dane would not be locating here in Bulloch County if this technical college was not here. The ability to have a skilled workforce is the key to attracting industry, and having those skilled workers available is dependent on the training that Ogeechee Tech is capable of providing.”
Following Governor Perdue’s comments, various dignitaries in attendance moved to a long area of sand which was placed for the event, and each took a gold shovel for the ceremonial turning of dirt to represent the beginning of the project.
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