Fifteen South Georgia Tech Students are nominated for GOAL award

Americus campus GOAL nominees are (seated, left to right): Blake Hardin, Jary Smith, Wendy Winters, James Landis, and Christina Waters. Standing, from left to right, are Jarret Tuning, Margaret English, Julian Taylor, Jenilee Johnson, Ethan Johnson, and Kimberly Jackson. / South Georgia Technical College

Instructors at South Georgia Technical College have nominated sixteen of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition, according to Cynthia Carter, coordinator for the college's GOAL program.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.

Chosen for recognition by their instructors on the Americus campus are Ethan E. Johnson of Oglethorpe, Criminal Justice Technology; Blake L. Hardin of Americus, Welding and Joining Technology; Jary K. Smith of Americus, Practical Nursing; Julian H. Taylor of Arabi, Air Conditioning Technology; Kimberly D. Jackson of Americus, Marketing Management; Christina M. Waters of Americus, Accounting; Jarret M. Tuning of Ellaville, Aviation Maintenance; Margaret English of Oglethorpe, Aircraft Structural Technology; Wendy K. Winters of Americus, Early Childhood Care and Education; James N. Landis of Americus, Computer Support Specialist; and Jenilee C. Johnson of Oglethorpe, Culinary Arts.

For the Cordele campus, nominees are Connie D. Sewell of Vienna, Early Childhood Care and Education; Frankie H. Harmon of Cordele, Business Administrative Technology; Ashley Sewell Conner of Hawkinsville, Medical Assisting; and Donna Y. Cook of Pitts, Accounting.

"The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today's global workforce," said Carter.

A screening committee of administrators at South Georgia Tech will review each of the instructors' nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students. After the nominees have been ranked, four finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the SGTC GOAL winner for 2014.

The four finalists will then take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students' qualities like academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college's GOAL winner and move on to the regional competition. Then three from each of the three regions will make up the nine regional finalists, who will be named in April at the state GOAL conference in Atlanta. The nine regional finalists will then move to the state level and compete for the title of state GOAL winner.

The student who earns the state GOAL winner title is also awarded the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner also receives a new car from Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia's GOAL program.