Central Georgia Technical College student Zipporaha Gober represented her college at the Technical College System of Georgia’s Student of the Year competition during during the 37th annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition, held May 20-23 in Atlanta.
She is enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program at CGTC.
Gober competed for the honor against students from 32 other state technical colleges and three state university system colleges with technical divisions. A panel of judges representing business and industry interviewed Gober and considered her scholastic accomplishments, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.
The eventual winner, a student from Ogeechee Technical College, was announced on May 22 during the GOAL closing banquet at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta.
TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson thanked Gober for her participation and noted that she was one of only a select few who were chosen to contend at the state level. "The competition to be named our Student of the Year is a challenging process that’s open to each of Georgia’s 141,000 technical college students," said Jackson. "To be chosen as Central Georgia Technical College’s representative is an exceptional achievement and an honor to be very proud of."
Central Georgia Technical College president Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II also noted Gober's outstanding achievement. "We are extremely proud of Zipporaha and congratulate her on her many accomplishments," Natale said. "She truly represents CGTC as an experience that can transform people's lives."
The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 33 technical colleges throughout the state. In 2007, more than 140,000 students attended TCSG colleges, which offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including healthcare, aerospace, agribusiness, life sciences, and much more. The TCSG also manages the state’s adult education and GED programs as well as Quick Start, an economic development incentive for attracting new investment to the state and promoting job creation.
Pictured from left to right are CGTC's 2008 GOAL winner Zipporaha Gober and Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Ron Jackson