GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For GOAL Award

Friday, January 31, 2014

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College (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.

Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (left to right) the student’s name, program of study, GNTC campus, and nominating instructor:

  • Tiffany Lyons, Networking Specialist, Walker County Campus, nominated by Dwight Watt
  • Ada Roberson, Criminal Justice, Gordon County Campus, nominated by Tyler Gayan
  • Kenneth Shuman, Marketing, Floyd County Campus, nominated by Mark Upton
  • Candice Suits, 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 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.

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

The four semi-finalists advanced to a second round of judging at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce where a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community interviewed and evaluated the students and selected one to be the college’s 2014 GOAL winner. The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held Tuesday, February 4, at noon 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 24 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 in April and vie to be named as the 2014 statewide GOAL winner.

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia.


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