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OTC Student Named as Semi-Finalist in 2008 State GOAL Student of the Year Competition

Atlanta–   The Technical College System of Georgia has honored Okefenokee Technical College student Heidi Johnson as one of 12 semi-finalists in the 37th annual Student of the Year competition. 

Johnson is enrolled in the radiologic technology program at OTC.
The announcement was made Wednesday evening at the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) dinner held at the Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.

A panel of judges representing business and industry selected Johnson from among the top echelon of students representing 33 technical colleges as well as three state university system colleges with technical education divisions. Judging criteria included personal interviews with each student along with their scholastic accomplishment, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.Heidi Johnson with Commissioner Ron Jackson

As a semi-finalist, Heidi participated in the judging to be named as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2008 Student of the Year.  That title was awarded to Laura Bickerton of Ogeechee Technical College.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson congratulated Johnson for being one of the finalists, commenting, “The competition to be named our Student of the Year is a challenging process that’s open to each of Georgia’s 141,000 technical college students.  To reach this level, as one of 12 semi-finalists, is an exceptional achievement. I commend Heidi Johnson for her outstanding effort and for being such a great representative of Okefenokee Technical College.”

OTC President Gail Thaxton, OTC Goal Coordinator Karen Boyle, and Johnson’s nominating instructor, Donna Yeomans, also extended congratulations and accolades of praise to Johnson for her achievements.

Johnson is a 20-year-old Pierce County resident who “fell in love” with radiology and decided to make it her lifelong career. “I feel extremely lucky to find my career at such a young age,” Johnson said.

As an OTC GOAL winner, Johnson was recognized earlier in the year by the Waycross Exchange Club, Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, Okefenokee Area Development Authority, and Okefenokee Technical College Foundation.

The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 33 technical colleges throughout the state. In 2007, more than 140,000 students attended TCSG colleges, which offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including healthcare, aerospace, agribusiness, life sciences, and much more.  The TCSG also manages the state’s adult education and GED programs as well as Quick Start, an economic development incentive for attracting new investment to the state and promoting job creation.

TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson (right) congratulated Heidi Johnson for being one of the GOAL semi-finalists for the state of Georgia. Heidi is a student at Okefenokee Technical College.


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