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Ashley Tincher is Okefenokee Tech’s  2011 GOAL Winner

Ashley Brianne Tincher of Alma was recently selected as the 2011 GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for Okefenokee Technical College and will be recognized formally March 3 by the Waycross Exchange Club.

Tincher, a criminal justice AAS degee student, was nominated by her program instructor, Ms. Jaki Johnson, who stated that Ashley has excellent grades in all of her classes and an exceptional work ethic, “making her a credible and well respected leader in the class.”

Ashley is in the work study program at OTC and assists others in the college’s student success center. She is a Lanie Barth Scholarship recipient and was recently selected as a student ambassador. Ambassadors are an elite group of students dedicated to promoting OTC by assisting with college events. Ashley Tincher

“Choosing OTC is one of the best decisions I have made,” stated Tincher, in her interview. “OTC instructors and resources are there to help you improve and to give you the confidence to go further.” Tincher explained that her decision to attend OTC was influenced by expectations of a quality educational experience that offers career options.

Once she completes her degree, Ashley plans to work in juvenile probation or in a law firm as a paralegal.  She is active in her church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and drama instructor. Her mother is Deborah Tincher.

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. It is the highest student honor for the system. 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.

To be nominated by an instructor, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, maintain a 2 in work ethics and exhibit qualities of leadership in the classroom and community. 

Tincher will participate in another level of competition on March 24 at a regional competition in Jesup. Regional winners will then go to Atlanta 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 Ashley on her accomplishment and added, “All OTC GOAL nominees and finalists are commended for excelling in their programs. 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.”

Ashley Tincher selected for the 2011 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for Okefenokee Technical College.


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