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Akino Brown is Okefenokee Tech’s 2010 GOAL Winner

Akino Blade Brown of Alma was recently selected as the 2010 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College and will be recognized formally March 4 by the Waycross Exchange Club.

Brown was nominated by his program instructor, Derrell Harris, who stated that Akino “started his education at Okefenokee Technical College following a distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps.”  “He brings a maturity and a wealth of life experiences to the classroom,” continued Harris. “He is equally adept at theoretical and hands-on training. I give him the highest recommendation possible.” Akino Blade Brown

Brown is enrolled in the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program and is working toward his Networking Specialist associate of applied science (AAS) degree. With the knowledge and experience that he receives at OTC, Brown hopes to expand his current computer business and manage his own network.

“Choosing OTC was a great decision,” stated Brown, in his interview. “I chose a technical college because I wanted the value of a ‘meat and potatoes’ education where you get what you need to get a good job. The knowledgeable instructors and smaller class size has made the learning experience more personable.”

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

Brown will participate in another level of competition on March 24 at a regional competition in Fitzgerald. Regional winners will then go to Atlanta May 26-28 to compete for the state GOAL title.

The title of state GOAL winner earns the student the responsibility of traveling Georgia as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner receives a new car.

Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program, congratulated Brown on his accomplishment and added, “All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are to be commended. The GOAL process, by its very nature, requires participants to exhibit excellence in academics and leadership. It’s an honor to be included in the process.”

Akino Brown is the recipient of the 2010 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for Okefenokee Technical College.


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