GOAL students from Henry County recognized

Special to The Times

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 24 students for the 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a reception held October 29, 2015. The annual GOAL program recognizes students who possess excellence in leadership and ability. Chosen for recognition by their instructors, the nominees from Henry County include: Penetta Hayden – Business Administrative Technology; Robert Robinson – Radiologic Technology; Miriam Williams – Business Management; Trevor Boykin – Air Conditioning Technology; Jacquline Wierman – Medical Assisting; Maria Varnadoe – Business Administrative Technology/Paralegal Studies; Kacy Pearson – Medical Assisting; Robert Jackson – Welding and Joining Technology; David Keener – Computer Programming.

L. to r.: front row: Miriam Williams, Penetta Hayden, and David Keener. Second row: Maria Varnadoe, Robert Robinson, Jacquline Wierman, Kacy Pearson, and Robert Jackson.

“The purpose of the GOAL program,” said Dr. Jasper Foust, GOAL Coordinator, “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.” The local GOAL winner will speak on behalf of Southern Crescent Technical College to promote technical education throughout the community and state.

A screening committee at Southern Crescent Technical College will review each of the instructors’ nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students. Finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Southern Crescent Technical College GOAL winner for 2016.

The finalists will take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students’ qualities including academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional preliminary judging; then three from each region, who will make up the nine finalists, will attend competition for the state GOAL award and selection as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 student of the year where they will have the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire Technical College System.