Blake Clements Increases Marketability by Adding Trades Skills to His Resume

OFTC –After completing a stint in the military, Blake Clements saw the benefit of being well-versed in the trades. So, he decided to further his education at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC).

“I already have one degree in the trades and when OFTC started the construction management program, I decided to enroll and pursue those skills,” Clements shared. “I want to be multi-talented so that I will always have job security.”

OFTC was local and allowed Clements the ability to further his skills close to home.

Hands-On Learning

Since starting at OFTC earlier in the year, Clements says the hands-on aspect of his classes allow him to grasp the concepts he’s learning.

“I really enjoy the hands-on lab work where I’m using tools to build what my instructor is teaching me,” he shared. “I’ve always been a hands-on person, always moving around and working on something, so this style of learning is beneficial for me.”

OFTC’s Construction Management program is versatile, giving students a comprehensive look at the industry. “By learning all the different aspects of construction, I will have hands-on experience with everything needed to succeed as a construction manager,” Clements said.

Quality Instruction

Not only is he confident in OFTC’s program, but Clements says the quality of instructors is high.  

“The fact that OFTC’s instructors are industry experts and have first-hand knowledge and experience in their fields really makes a difference in the classroom,” he said. “When they teach, it comes from a place of experience and that gives the students confidence in what they are learning.”

“They’re also willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed,” he added.

Skills to Build On

Clements is one semester into the college’s construction management program and is confident in his decision to increase his marketability by learning new skills.

“Furthering your education can give you peace of mind knowing that you always have something you can fall back on,” Clements shared.

To learn more about OFTC’s Construction Management program or other Trades and Industrial programs, visit the college’s website,


OFTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.