Sixteen OFTC Students Awarded TOOLS to Help Jumpstart Careers

Sixteen Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) students were awarded the program specific tools they’ll need to jump-start their careers during the 24th annual Tools for Outstanding Occupational Leadership Students (TOOLS) Program held on the college’s Dublin campus, Tuesday, January 10. 

The 2023 TOOLS Program was sponsored by The Livingston Foundation and included the following major donors. Washington EMC, WestRock, and Morris Bank – Bronze Level; Fairview Park Hospital – Silver Level; and Lowe Electric and the OFTC Foundation – Gold Level.  

“Every year we are so excited about this event,” shared Kathy Aaron, OFTC’s Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the Foundation. “To see the students and how grateful they are to receive these tools; it just reminds us of why we do what we do here at OFTC.”  

Recipients receive the program-specific tools required for their careers so that upon graduation they’re able to seamlessly transition into the workforce without the burden of purchasing necessary on-the-job equipment or tools. Students received items like stethoscopes, toolboxes, welding helmets, scrubs, lab coats and other essential items related to their program of study. 

This year’s recipients were: 

Abram McCrimmon (Rhine), Diesel Equipment Technology 
Tylan Hardy (Soperton), Industrial Systems Technology 
Miranda Phillips (Tarrytown), Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
Rylan C Thigpen (East Dublin), Machine Tool Technology 
Rakeisha A Reeves (Davisboro), Medical Assisting  
Nick Covey (Rhine), Mechatronics Technology 
Takia Rozier (Dublin), Pharmacy Technology 
Ka’Nyah  Johnson (Sandersville), Respiratory Care  
Ariel Spires (Milan), Radiologic Technology 
Seth McDowell (Louisville), Welding & Joining Technology 
Joseph McCullough (Dublin), Automotive Technology 
DheaReon Reaves (Tennille), Welding & Joining Technology 
La’kleedrai Salter (East Dublin), Medical Assisting 
Dustin Jones (Dublin), Radiologic Technology 
Natalie White (Mt. Vernon), Diagnostic Medical Sonography 
Maci Raffield (Dublin), Respiratory Care 

OFTC 2023 TOOLS recipients with nominating instructors, donors, and sponsors.
OFTC 2023 TOOLS recipients with nominating instructors, donors, and sponsors.

For more info on OFTC’s 130+ programs of study, the OFTC Foundations, or the TOOLS program, visit the College’s website,