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Skylar Huggett
2017 GOAL Winner

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2017 GOAL and RPA Winners:

Albany Technical College
Nikumar “Nil” Patel, GOAL winner
Lynn Miller, Rick Perkins Award winner


Athens Technical College
Kyle Shipman, GOAL winner
Helen Y. Hall, Rick Perkins Award winner


Atlanta Technical College
Terrylynn Stevenson, GOAL winner
Britt Pitre, Rick Perkins Award winner


Augusta Technical College
Jesstin Chandler, GOAL winner
Ashley Strong-Green, Rick Perkins Award winner


Bainbridge State College
Douglas Tyler Kirksey, GOAL winner
Charles A. Avery, Rick Perkins Award winner


Central Georgia Technical College
Alvin L. Wright, Jr., GOAL winner
Bridget Willis, Rick Perkins Award winner

Chattahoochee Technical College
Katherine Hamilton, GOAL winner
Juanita Forrester, Rick Perkins Award winner


Coastal Pines Technical College
Cody Morris, GOAL winner
Thomas Wesley, Rick Perkins Award winner


Columbus Technical College
Melissa Forsythe, GOAL winner
Heather Morgan, Rick Perkins Award winner


Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Miguel Ramirez, GOAL winner
Jeremiah Cooper, Rick Perkins Award winner


Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Sonya D. Bingham, GOAL winner
Ramona Pollard, Rick Perkins Award winner


Gwinnett Technical College
Gisella Brust, GOAL winner
Theresa “TC” Parker, Rick Perkins Award winner

Lanier Technical College
Lauren Hockaday, GOAL winner
Bridget Rigby, Rick Perkins Award winner


North Georgia Technical College
Regina Sneed, GOAL winner
Jim Loring, Rick Perkins Award winner


Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Nathanael Atrielle Williams, GOAL winner
Kevin Corbin, Rick Perkins Award winner


Ogeechee Technical College
Amanda Merry, GOAL winner
Jan Martin, Rick Perkins Award winner


Savannah Technical College
Skylar Huggett, GOAL winner
Laura P. Kyser, Rick Perkins Award winner


South Georgia Technical College
Christopher McGee, GOAL winner
Charles J. Christmas, Rick Perkins Award winner


Southeastern Technical College
Coertze Peters, GOAL winner
Michael Crumpler, Rick Perkins Award winner


Southern Crescent Technical College
Eric Capes, GOAL winner
Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, Rick Perkins Award winner


Southern Regional Technical College
Jimmy Smith, Jr., GOAL winner
Tammy Bryant, Rick Perkins Award winner


West Georgia Technical College
Terrance Robinson, GOAL winner
Jeremy Walter Bishop, Rick Perkins Award winner


Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
Eli Metts, GOAL winner
Donna Norman, Rick Perkins Award winner

About GOAL

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Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership

In 2017, the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which focuses on excellence in technical education, celebrates its 46th year. During GOAL Week, as declared and named by our Governor, outstanding students attending Georgia’s technical colleges and divisions are recognized for academic excellence and personal achievement. From this outstanding group of students, a panel of judges selects one student, the state GOAL winner, to serve as the statewide Student of the Year and ambassador for technical education in Georgia.

GOAL competition begins during the Fall semester. Technical college instructors across Georgia identify their most promising students and nominate them for GOAL based on academic achievement and personal leadership. The first phase of GOAL takes place at the local technical college level. As nominees move through an interview process, the screening committee selects the top student to represent their college and community. After each college selects their college winner, competition among the students moves to the preliminary regional level. Selection committees made up of business and industry representing each college, select three winners from each of the TCSG’s three regions. Then, these nine finalists will move on to compete at the state level in Atlanta. The state level competition involves more interviews as the nine regional finalists receive individual consideration from a panel of judges for the state title. The winning GOAL student serves as an ambassador for technical education in Georgia. He or she will make many public appearances throughout the year including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and the Technical College System of Georgia Leadership Conference just to name a few.

GOAL is more than an awards banquet; it is a who’s who event where Georgia’s business, government and industry leaders join our technical colleges to celebrate technical education’s vital impact on Georgia’s workforce, prosperity and future. GOAL strives to stimulate the community’s interest in and knowledge of technical education by recognizing outstanding student talent as well as strengthening the association between educators and the business community. GOAL emphasizes the importance of technical education in today's world and rewards students who exemplify excellence in their chosen program of study. The recipient of the statewide GOAL award is recognized as the Technical College System of Georgia’s Student of the Year and a new automobile, sponsored by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, is awarded as the grand prize.

 

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