Georgia Northwestern Technical College Names Semi-Finalists For GOAL Award

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Four GNTC students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Hodge, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.   

Chosen as semi-finalists are:  

Daniel Groce – Business Management – Whitfield Murray Campus – Nominated by Gerald McFry 

Jeffery Hughes – Networking Specialist – Walker County Campus – Nominated by Dwight Watt Nathan

Kaiser – Automotive Technology – Walker County Campus – Nominated by Troy Peco 

Oscar Reyes – Business Management – Whitfield Murray Campus – Nominated by Gerald McFry   

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.   

According to Hodge, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors. "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 2013 GOAL winner." 

The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held on February 5, 2013, at the Coosa County Club.     

The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College. All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 25 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.  

Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta on April 25, and vie to be named as the 2013 statewide GOAL winner. The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car.  


Commissioner McQueen Announces Special Task Force On Student Testing And Assessment

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the formation of a special Tennessee Task Force on Student Testing and Assessment to study and identify best practices in testing at the school level and how those assessments align with required state tests. “We have heard some concerns that there is ‘too much testing’ taking place. So as education leaders and stakeholders, ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Have Several Upcoming Activities

Cleveland City Schools  Board of Education Meeting  will be  Monday, March 2, 5:30 pm  at the Administrative Office Building Board Room.  For more information contact Andrea Byerly,  423-472-9571 ,  abyerly@clevelandschools.org   Cleveland High School's  6th Annual Raider Outreach Day  is  Tuesday, March 3 ... (click for more)

Tennessee Temple University To Close After Almost 70 Years

Tennessee Temple University, after almost 70 years in operation in Highland Park, is set to close after this semester. Trustees are set to vote on Tuesday morning to merge Temple with Piedmont International University of Winston-Salem, N.C. Students who are not graduating this semester would have the option to continue their education there. Bryan College in Dayton, Tn., and ... (click for more)

Brand-New Cleveland Police Chief No Longer In Charge After He Is Caught With Officer's Wife

The brand-new Cleveland Police Chief, Dennis Maddux, is no longer in charge after he was caught in his police car with the wife of one of his officers. City Manager Janice Casteel said she will temporarily lead the department. She said Cpt. Mark Gibson will be in charge of day-to-day operations. City Manager Casteel said, "Pursuant to Article Vlll Section 2 of the City ... (click for more)

Tennessee Deserves Better Health Reform

Tennessee needs health care reform. Expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," was not the best solution for Tennesseans. That is why the vast majority of Tennessee legislators never publicly supported the plan defeated in a special legislative session in February.   It is important to distinguish health care from health insurance. As one physician ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cameras Or Subterfuge?

State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) is an easy-to-like member of the Tennessee Legislature and the fact he is teaming with state senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to rid the state of its loathsome traffic cameras is indeed a wonderful thing. The legislative action is long overdue, with the biggest winners being the out-of-state camera companies. That alone is just about all you ... (click for more)