Jay Odom, Class of 1977

1997 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

My experience at Okaloosa-Walton Community College provided me with a solid educational foundation which allowed me to be accepted by the Engineering Department at Florida Atlantic University. The education and skills I acquired at OWCC enabled me to excel in Florida Atlantic's rigorous engineering program.    OWCC provided me an excellent education from intelligent, highly skilled, caring faculty who showed daily their commitment to quality education. Receiving an Associate of Arts degree at a price I could afford set the stage for me to obtain my degree in Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University, after which I was offered an excellent engineering job with a prominent company.

This first-job-after-college engineering position turned out to be the financial foundation I needed to move from engineering into the successful real estate career I have today. Crystal Beach Development began with a dream which OWCC helped to make a reality. I firmly believe in public education and the community college system which presents to everyone an incredibly affordable opportunity to better themselves.

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