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Okefenokee Tech Names Finalists for GOAL Award

Four Okefenokee Technical College students have been selected as the college’s finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Karen Boyle, coordinator for OTC’s GOAL program.

All fourteen of the GOAL nominees were honored at a President’s Reception at OTC recently, where their family and friends joined them and OTC staff as they were honored and recognized by OTC President Gail Thaxton with a certificate of achievement by the TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson. 

“All of you are to be commended for your accomplishments,” Thaxton stated. “Your instructors have recognized you as the best of the best, and you should be proud.” Goal Finalists

After the nominees were presented their certificates, Dr. Thaxton announced the four finalists: Heather Allen of Charlton County, a cosmetology student nominated by Ollie Harkleroad; Chad Carter of Pierce County, a practical nursing student nominated by Theresa Henry; Dixie Franklin of Ware County, a radiologic technology student nominated by Donna Yeomans; and Heidi Johnson of Pierce County, a radiologic technology student also nominated by Donna Yeomans.

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.

According to Boyle, a screening committee of administrators at Okefenokee Tech selected the four finalists. “The next step is for a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the  community to interview and evaluate these four students and select one to be the college’s 2008 GOAL winner,” explained Boyle. “The one judged most outstanding will compete in Atlanta against college GOAL winners from each of the Georgia’s technical colleges and Board of Regents colleges with technical divisions and vie to be named as the 2008 statewide GOAL winner.”

The OTC GOAL winner will be announced at a Waycross Exchange Club banquet on March 13.

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car provided by Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.


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