Zipporaha Gober, a radiologic technology student at Central Georgia Technical College from Macon, has been named as the college's winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). She was nominated by the program chair of CGTC's radiology program, Paula Pena.
The announcement was made at the college's GOAL recognition meeting on March 17 at the Macon Campus.
Gober was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were Sandra Anderson, a practical nursing student, Dana O'Leary, a radiologic technology student, and Anthony Paschal, a biotechnology student, all from Macon.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. Local goal winners are selected at each of the state's 33 technical colleges as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.
The announcement of Gober as CGTC's GOAL winner was made by college president, Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II.
Gober will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for three-days, she will compete with GOAL winners from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2008 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.
"This was a complete surprise. I didn’t think I would win," said Gober. "I am proud to be a student at Central Georgia Technical College. CGTC has given me the confidence that I can do whatever I choose, pursue my goals, and provide a better quality of life for my family."
Pictured from left to right, CGTC Radiology Program Chair and nominating instructor, Paula Pena, 2008 CGTC GOAL winner, Zippoarah Gober, and CGTC president, Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II