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Students nominated for GOAL award

WAYCROSS — Instructors at Okefenokee Technical College have nominated 14 of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, 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 33 technical colleges as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.
GOAL winners from each campus will compete in Atlanta in May and one will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.Goal Finalist 2008

Chosen for recognition by their instructors are Heather Allen of Folkston, a cosmetology student; Brandi Balbach of Patterson, a computer information systems student; Chad Carter of Blackshear, a practical nursing student; Robin Crosby of Waycross, an accounting student; Rhonda Dodson of Waycross, a practical nursing student; Kaili Dorsett of Blackshear, a practical nursing student; Dixie Franklin of Waycross, a radiologic technology student; Kristina Herring of Blackshear, a radiologic technology student; Halie R. Jacobs of Waycross, a radiologic technology student; Heidi Johnson of Blackshear, a radiologic technology student; Sean Johnson of Waycross, a computer information systems student; Chris Martin of Blackshear, an automotive technology student; Rebecca Mullis of Axson, a business office technology student; and Ginger Smith, a practical nursing student.

“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 Boyle.
A screening committee at Okefenokee Technical College will review each of the instructors’ nominations, then conduct personal interviews with the students. Finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Okefenokee Technical College’s GOAL winner for 2008.

The finalists will take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by 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 competition for the state GOAL award and selection as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2008 student of the year.

The title of state GOAL winner also earns the student the 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.

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