Weekly Update: September 2019

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Kaolin Festival is fast approaching, and the Chamber has a fun, unique opportunity for members to participate and advertise to parade goers! This year, we would like to feature mascots for local businesses marching in the parade. This is a great opportunity, and what your mascot passes out as they walk is per your discretion. Contact us if you would like for a representative of your company, dressed in a themed outfit, to join the festivities! Thank you! Parade applications are available and ready for you!

To get an awesome Lantern Tour t-shirt that helps support the historic Old City Cemetery, click here!

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Kaolin Festival

October 5

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Platinum Sponsors:

Thiele Kaolin Company
Breaking Free
Citizens Bank of the South
Dominion Energy
Technidyne Corporation

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Cyclists to help lead the 2019 Kaolin Festival Parade

Washington County hasn’t had a bicycle parade… until now! This year, Kids Bike League will help lead the Kaolin Festival Parade on bicycles. Anyone young or old, who can ride a bicycle (or ride in a wagon behind a bicycle) is welcome to join Kids Bike League as we ride in the parade.
This summer, Kids Bike League started in Sandersville as an initiative between the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail and the Washington County Recreation Department to empower our next generation with the skills needed to ride bicycles. Kids Bike League, with the help of over 15 volunteers from the Sandersville Police Department, First Love Kids, Sandersville Rotary and more, taught bicycle riding skills such as balance, confidence and safety to approximately 50 kids ranging in age from 2-years to 12-years.
As a way to continue excitement about bicycle riding, health and wellness in our community,  Kids Bike League will ride in the 2019 Kaolin Parade.
“Many communities around the world have bicycle parades that get rally the entire community in a creative & fun way,” said Mary Charles Howard, Executive Director of the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail.  “Most of these parades are 4th of July bicycle parades, but the Georgia Hi-Lo Trail sees the Kaolin Festival Parade as an opportunity to annually incorporate bicycles in our traditional community celebration. We encourage everyone to decorate their bicycle in the 2019 Kaolin Festival theme of “70’s” for the parade ride.”
If you are interested in riding your bicycle in the parade, see information below and contact Mary Charles Howard at hello@GeorgiaHiLo.com.
The Georgia Hi-Lo Trail is a 250-mile-trail connecting Athens to Savannah, Ga (through Warthen, Sandersville & Tennille). The Trails’ mission is to transform the economy of rural Georgia on a global scale by investing in its existing assets: its people and place.

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OFTC Boasts Highest TCSG Enrollment Increase this Fall

OFTC –Based on the official Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) seven-day enrollment report, Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) boasted a 35.6% enrollment increase for fall 2019, the highest increase in the state amongst TCSG colleges.

OFTC’s enrollment increased from 1,329 in fall of 2018 to 1,802 in fall of 2019. OFTC President, Erica Harden attributes the growth to the College’s focus on serving students, retention, community involvement, and working with various student populations including 389 dual enrolled high school students and dislocated workers.

“We are excited to see this type of increase in our fall enrollment,” Harden said. “I know these results are a culmination of the hard work and dedication put in by the College’s faculty and staff and we are thrilled to have such an opportunity to impact the 11 counties we serve within our local communities.”

Not only did OFTC tout the highest percentage increase in the state but their numbers were 15.2% higher than the second highest increase.

And while many students may cite the helpfulness of college instructors and staff, program availability, and convenience as reasons for choosing OFTC, three first-semester students shared their reasons for choosing OFTC this fall.

“I chose to attend OFTC this fall because I did dual enrollment my 12th grade year in high school,” shared Christasia Foreman. “I loved the experience of being a part of OFTC so much that I decided to continue my education here after graduation.”

“What I love most about my experience so far,” she continued, “is the nice faculty and staff, and the cleanliness of the campus. I have yet to come across anyone who wasn't willing to lend a helping hand and I love how everyone is so warm and welcoming.”

Andrew Hancock is a dual enrollment student taking welding classes and says what he loves most is the small class sizes and hands-on experience. “What excites me most about being at OFTC is the hands-on teaching from my instructors,” he shared. “I feel like I will be well prepared for a career when I finish my diploma.”

Austin Zueck saw an education from OFTC as a way to learn a trade and make connections with local industry. “What I enjoy most is the hands-on nature of the courses,” he shared. “You don’t just read for hours out of a book; you can really get involved in the job itself.”

For more info about OFTC or their 100+ programs of study, visit the College’s website, OFTC.edu.

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Chamber of Commerce Weekly Newsletter - Weekly Update: September 2019