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Central Georgia Technical College Announces 14 Students Nominated for 2009 GOAL Program

Macon - Faculty members at Central Georgia Technical College have nominated 14 students for the 2009 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Tony Turner, director of CGTC’s Office of Career Services and coordinator for the college's GOAL program.

Students chosen for recognition by their instructors, along with their majors, are:

Brandi Betancourt, Banking & Finance, Macon, nominated by Cynthia Smith

Jeffrey Carter, Aircraft Structural Technology, Fort Valley, nominated by Michael Engel

Chrisin Drew, Aircraft Structural Technology, Macon, nominated by Michael Engel

Dontize Hughes, Marketing Management, Macon, nominated by Cynthia Smith

Katherine Komjathy, Radiologic Technology, Byron, nominated by Nimisha Raval

Jennifer Lee, Biotechnology, Dublin, nominated by Eric Wessinger

Jara Moore, Biotechnology, Macon, nominated by Eric Wessinger

Kathy Mullis, Early Childhood Care and Education, Macon, nominated by Anita Dailey

Felicia Reese, Cardiovascular Technology, Macon, nominated by Tiffini Strickland

Roger Sangster, Radiologic Technology, Macon, nominated by Nimisha Raval

Barry Thompson, Radiologic Technology, Warner Robins, nominated by Patricia Wynne

Lennie Warnock, Industrial Systems Technology, Milledgeville, nominated by Steven Hawes

Nasheka Washington, Radiologic Technology, Eatonton, nominated by Patricia Wynne

Zelda Williams, Emergency Management, Haddock, nominated by Judy Jaeger

First launched in 1971, the GOAL program at the state level is sponsored by The Technical College System of Georgia. Locally, GOAL is sponsored by Central Georgia Technical College and supported by the college’s faculty and staff, Office of Student Affairs, Public Relations and Information Office, and the CGTC Foundation.

"GOAL is considered by many to be the 'Heisman Trophy' of student awards in the Technical College System," said Turner, "The award not only highlights the importance of technical education in today's world of work, it also recognizes outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges. To be nominated for GOAL is a unique accomplishment."

A screening committee of faculty and staff at CGTC will review all the nominations and interview each of the students. After the nominees have been ranked, four finalists will be chosen to compete for the title of CGTC’s GOAL winner.

The four finalists will then be interviewed and evaluated by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry. The student judged most outstanding will become CGTC's GOAL representative and will participate in consortium preliminary judging, scheduled for March 25 at Swainsboro Technical College.

Two finalists from consortia judging will attend the state GOAL competition, May 20-22, in Atlanta. One individual will be named Georgia's GOAL winner and have recognition as the technical college student of the year. The winner will travel the state as the ambassador for Georgia's technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner also receives a new car. In addition, the state winner's college GOAL Coordinator and the nominating instructor will receive a $250 check.

About Central Georgia Technical College

A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College provides students more than 200 career program opportunities with numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties. More information about CGTC can be found at

Submitted by James M. Harvey, Jr.
February 18, 2009


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