OCtech Honors Forty Years of Service
On Tuesday, April 24th, OCtech honored Larry W. Patrick who retired from the Area Commission earlier this year after having served on the College’s governing board for more than 40 years. In recognition of Mr. Patrick’s service on the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Area Commission as a dedicated board member and former Chairman, the College has renamed the Student and Community Life Center. It is now named Patrick Student Services.
Mr. Patrick began his service to the College as a dedicated member of the Orangeburg Calhoun Area Commission in 1971. He was instrumental in guiding the growth and development of the College through its early years. When he began in 1971, the College had less than 200 students enrolled in a relatively small number of technical programs. Today the college serves approximately 3,000 students annually in 80 various degree programs and over 3,000 students in training and development and community interest short term courses.
Mr. Patrick served twelve years as Chairman of the Area Commission. He fulfilled his duties as Chairman with benevolence and integrity. Under his direction, the College continued to grow and prosper in many directions.
Mr. Patrick was tireless in helping the College establish articulation agreements with South Carolina’s four-year colleges. These agreements provided access and opened new pathways for local students to study at home for two years, transfer courses without penalty and complete a four year degree at any state college or university.
Mr. Patrick was chairman in 2002 when the College broke ground on its first new building since 1987, the signature Student and Community Life Center that now bears his name. This 37,000 square foot building combined all Student Service functions in one location to better serve all of the needs of current and prospective students.
In addition to his service to the College, Mr. Patrick has been a vital member of his local and the greater community. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and served his country for two years in the Unites States Air Force.
Mr. Patrick has also been active in a number of notable service organizations. He is a former president of the South Carolina Young Farmer Association and was a recipient of the South Carolina Young Farmer of the Year award. He was a member of the Bowman Ruritan Club, the Toastmasters Club, and the Orangeburg County Farm Bureau. He served as president of the South Carolina Soil Conservation Districts and was chairman of the Orangeburg Soil Conservation District for more than thirty years.
Mr. Patrick is an active member of the Bowman Southern Methodist Church where he has served on the Board of Stewards for a number of years.
He and his wife, Pauline, are the parents of three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.