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Waycross, GA 31503
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Okefenokee Technical College

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Okefenokee Technical College is situated in the southeastern rural area of Georgia, with two campuses in the towns of Alma and Waycross. The school was conceived in 1962 following a successful local referendum initiative that set up the Waycross-Ware County Area Vocational Technical School, with the original Waycross campus being established in 1965 and the second Alma campus coming along later in 1998. Okefenokee Technical College is part of Georgia’s Technical College System along with 27 other colleges.

At Okefenokee Technical College , students pursue studies for their diploma, certificate or associate degree programs in a fairly wide variety of subject areas, from business to medicine and health programs to much more. The school is known for its exceptional natural surroundings, and indeed there is the heavily frequented and coveted Laura Walker State Park only a few moments’ drive away.


Okefenokee Technical College is given its regional academic accreditation through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; furthermore, Okefenokee Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education.

The highest level of degree awarded at Okefenokee Technical College is an associate degree, pursuant to its status as a two-year college. What is remarkable about Okefenokee Technical College is the fact that so many of its study programs are actually directed towards an associate degree, with much fewer programs culminating in a technical certificate or diploma (which are of a lower academic level). The number of different programs is also quite notable in light of the number of students attending the school.

Study programs are available in many different fields, and among the most recent additions to the academic offerings of Okefenokee Technical College are the programs for freight conductor, commercial truck driving and environmental horticulture. Other possible programs include those in the areas of cosmetology, business administration, mechanics and repair, and a rather unique program on environmental conservation.

There are also adult continuing education programs and economic development programs available at Okefenokee Technical College that have helped boost its reputation considerably. There are tailored employee training programs available through the school that attract many corporate entities, and recently Okefenokee Technical College has joined forces with Quick Start, the national workforce training organization, to increase its employee training portfolio.

Furthermore, as with many technical colleges across the nation, there is the academic opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to engage in dual enrollment and accrue credits for both their regular school as well as at Okefenokee Technical College; there is even the possibility of earning a technical certificate before or at the same time as earning one’s high school diploma.

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There is an open admissions policy in place at Okefenokee Technical College, which is to say that students who meet certain minimal qualifications will be guaranteed admission to the school up to the point where it reaches student capacity for the next academic term. To be considered for any of the degree or diploma programs at Okefenokee Technical College an applicant must possess a high school diploma or a GED. Separately, the minimum age for studying at the school is sixteen, with students enrolling in the medical programs having to be seventeen or older.

Applications can be submitted online or in print form, and after providing the application as well as transcripts and academic assessment test results (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, etc.) applicants should contact the school’s admissions office to arrange for an interview with one of the advisors.

Financial Aid

Okefenokee Technical College participates in the US Department of Education’s Title IV financial assistance programs and therefore students at the school are eligible for federal financial aid in the form of grants, loans, etc. Students should file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as possible to increase their chances of being allocated such financial aid.

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The student body at Okefenokee Technical College’s two campuses as well as its other outreach centers reaches approximately 3,500 people. Of this student body, roughly 55% studies on a full-time basis while the remaining 45% studies on a part-time basis. In-state students account for almost the entirety of the student body, and in terms of racial diversity the breakdown is roughly as follows during a given semester: 70% Caucasian, 25% African American, and the remaining percentage constituted by a mix of Hispanic and other ethnicities.

There are no on-campus student housing facilities available at Okefenokee Technical College, which is to say that this is an entirely commuter college campus.

Student Enrollment Demographics

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Ranks 75th in Georgia and 2267th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 44 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 36 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 173 1.17
Larceny 942 6.35
Vehicle theft 31 0.21

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Waycross, GA 31503
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population21,038 (11,420 urban / 9,618 rural)
Households7,546 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,507
Families5,537 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1301

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4474th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,040 $2,040 $4,080
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $418 $418 $418
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $85 $85 $170
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,058 $4,058 $6,098
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $13,158 $13,158 $15,198
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $5,858 $5,858 $7,898

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,500 $2,293 $2,500 $2,293 $4,750 $4,213
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,500
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,000 $7,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500 $1,700
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500 $1,700

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 100 16 1 5 496 1 622
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 3 13 16
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 10 11
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 2 3
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 1 5 6
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 8 23 32
Building/Property Maintenance
Child Care Provider/Assistant 2 1 8 11
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 2 8 10
Computer Installation and Repair Technology/Technician 1 8 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 1 2
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 10 10
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 8 10
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 17 18
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 2 1 10 13
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 3 1 5
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General 2 1 10 13
Electrician 1 2 3
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other 3 3
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 15 15
Forest Technology/Technician 2 19 21
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 21 22
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 2 17 21
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician
Landscaping and Groundskeeping 2 1 3
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 18 1 1 59 79
Lineworker 1 3 33 37
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 4 2 6
Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1 1
Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist
Network and System Administration/Administrator 1 1 16 18
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 25 1 57 84
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 7 1 1 12 21
Plant Nursery Operations and Management 1 1 2
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 1 9 11
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2 6 8
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 8 9
Surveying Technology/Surveying 11 11
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 1 29 30
Welding Technology/Welder 6 3 37 47

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3622nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $48,430 ($46,887 male / $39,731 female)
Number of FT Faculty 45 (19 male / 26 female)
Number of PT Faculty 97
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,033,882

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