Macon - Dontize Hughes, a marketing management student at Central Georgia Technical College from Macon, has been named as the college's 2009 winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). He was nominated by the chair of the college’s Arts and Sciences department, Cynthia Smith.
The award was presented at CGTC’s annual GOAL awards ceremony and reception on March 3 at the Macon Campus. The announcement was made by the college’s president, Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II.
Hughes was chosen by a panel of local community leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were Kathy Mullis, an early childhood care and education student from Macon; Lennie Warnock, an industrial systems technology student from Milledgeville, and Nasheka Washington, a radiologic technology student from Eatonton.
The award marked the culmination of the process to select CGTC’s GOAL winner, from a field of 14 nominees through judging and selection by an internal and external review panel that resulted in the recommendation of Hughes as the GOAL winner.
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.
As part of his award, Hughes received a special CGTC gift package and a check from the Central Georgia Technical College Foundation.
As CGTC’s GOAL winner, Hughes will serve as ambassador for technical education in the college’s service area of Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties. For the next year, he will participate in a variety of activities and events, including as a speaker at the college’s 2010 graduation ceremony.
Hughes will now advance to East Central Consortium preliminary judging on March 25 in Swainsboro. He will participate against representatives from Augusta, Heart of Georgia, Middle Georgia, Sandersville and Swainsboro Technical College.
If chosen as one of two finalists from the consortium, Hughes will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for two days, he will compete with GOAL finalists 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 2009 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
The grand prize also includes a new car.
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 www.centralgatech.edu.
Pictured are Cynthia Smith, head of CGTC's Department of Arts and Sciences, left, who nominated 2009 GOAL Winner Dontize Hughes.
CGTC President Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II (far left), and CGTC Foundation President Billy Pitts (far right) congratulate Dontize Hughes on receiving the college's 2009 GOAL award.