GNTC Students And Instructors Nominated For GOAL And Rick Perkins Award

Friday, January 24, 2014

Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated 10 of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition and four of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.


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 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.


Listed are students chosen for recognition by their instructors, showing (left to right) the student’s name, program of study, and GNTC campus:


Susan Bowman, Health Information Technology, Walker County Campus             

Jennifer Chapman, Marketing, Floyd County Campus                                              

Renee Lockhart, Business Management, Whitfield Murray Campus                

Tiffany Lyons, Networking, Walker County Campus

April Poole, Radiologic Technology, Floyd County Campus

Ada Roberson, Criminal Justice, Gordon County Campus                                   

Kenneth Shuman, Marketing, Floyd County Campus                                 

Candice Suits, Business Management, Whitfield Murray Campus                

Courtney Swanson, Radiologic Technology, Floyd County Campus               

Katie Thomas, Radiologic Technology, Floyd County Campus                                         


“The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce,” said Dione Hodge, GNTC’s GOAL coordinator.


Instructors at Georgia Northwestern have also nominated four of their peers for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.


Listed are the nominees for the 2014 award, including (left to right) instructors name, program, and GNTC campus:


Tyler Gayan, Criminal Justice, Gordon County Campus

Donny Holmes, Construction Management, Gordon County Campus

Jim Pledger, Basic Law Enforcement, Gordon County Campus

Ronald Turner, Electronics Technology, Whitfield Murray Campus


The Rick Perkins Award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.


“We are fortunate at GNTC to have instructors who care so much about the students and the learning process, said Beverly Padgett, GNTC Rick Perkins Coordinator. “These nominees continuously go beyond what is expected of them to not only meet but to surpass the needs of their students.” 


Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.


The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.


A screening committee of administrators at GNTC will review each of the nominated students and instructors and conduct personal interviews with the nominees.

Four finalists will be selected in the GOAL competition. The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional competition. From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2014 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fourth largest technical college in Georgia.

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