To help ensure the health and safety of all students and employees, Owensboro Community and Technical College has named Jeffrey Hendricks as the Healthy at Work Officer.
“Jeff is a natural fit for this responsibility,” said Scott Williams, OCTC president. “He is adept at organizing, securing and assigning resources. He already knows our campuses so this is a perfect transition.”
OCTC is taking every precaution recommended by the CDC and the state to ensure facilities are as safe as possible. The Healthy at OCTC reopening plan is a phased strategy and requires oversight by the Healthy at Work Officer.
In addition to his daily duties as OCTC’s Public Safety Director, Hendricks will be responsible for ensuring:
- Masks will be required for everyone on campus
- Classrooms/labs will be spaced for physical distancing
- Signage is spaced out to remind everyone of physical distancing and other signage is visible throughout buildings to reinforce CDC recommendations
- All employees will take training before returning to campus
- All employees will do an online healthy check-in each day before coming to work
- Students will be asked to do a temperature self-check every day before coming on campus
- Some common areas will be closed to avoid large groups congregating
- Campus maintenance and operations staff will continue to clean and sanitize surfaces, doors and other high-touch areas
Hendricks is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves with more than 30 years of service. He served as the Provost Marshal/Emergency Services Director for the Kentucky National Guard’s Garrison Training Command-KY Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville from 2010-2015.
In addition, he was deployed and served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Guantanamo Bay and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Hendricks has more than 26 years of safety, security and emergency management experience including serving with the Daviess County Detention Center and the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.
He began his educational journey at Hopkinsville Community College and now holds a Master of Science in health services and emergency disaster management and planning.
Hendricks and his wife Stacy have been married for 24 years live in Owensboro with their two daughters.