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Kayla Chaney is Technical College Systems Statewide Student of the Year

Kayla Chaney

An Okefenokee Technical College student has been named the 2006 state winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award.  Kayla Chaney, a radiologic technology student who lives in Douglas received the honor during the annual GOAL banquet in Atlanta on May 25. 

Kayla received a new 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt as her grand prize in the GOAL competition. “Chevrolet and its Atlanta Metro Chevy dealers are proud supporters of Georgia’s technical colleges, and we’re pleased to honor a deserving winner like Kayla,” said Reginald Pegues, Chevrolet’s area sales manager, as he presented the car to the jubilant winner. 

Local GOAL winners from 38 technical colleges came to Atlanta May 22-25 to compete at the state level.  From this outstanding group of students, a panel of judges made up of leaders from business and government selected the state GOAL winner to serve as the system’s student of the year. 

“GOAL winners are the ambassadors for all of the outstanding opportunities available from Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Mike Vollmer, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education Commissioner. “Students like Kayla and all of those who competed for this honor define the outstanding caliber of individuals who are building their careers through technical education.  They are the very promising future of Georgia’s work force.”

Kayla had her choice of college and university options and chose technical education because she prized the opportunity to get both classroom instruction and hands-on clinical training.  “Technical education has prepared me for a rewarding career and broadened my horizons in so many ways. It’s an unbelievable honor for me to be the 2006 ambassador for technical education, and to be able to tell everyone about all that the technical college system has to offer,” said Kayla.

Christina Woody, a management and supervisory development student from Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, was named first runner up in the state competition.  Other state finalists included: Bruce Mashburn, a vascular technology student from Coosa Valley Technical College in Rome; Matthew Early, an environmental horticulture student from North Metro Technical College in Acworth; and Malyqua Roberts, a radiologic technology student from Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro.

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