Dontize Hughes, the 2009 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner from Central Georgia Technical College was one of six GOAL winners that participated in East Central Consortium preliminary judging on March 25 at Swainsboro Technical College.
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.
Hughes, a marketing management major from Macon, was selected as CGTC’s GOAL winner on March 3. He was accompanied to the consortium judging by the college's president, Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II, nominating instructor Cynthia Smith, GOAL coordinator Tony Turner, and public relations director James M. Harvey, Jr.
Other GOAL winners representing their colleges in the consortium judging were Shannon Gober, Early Childhood Care and Education, Sandersville Technical College; Michelle Lank, Early Childhood Care and Education, Swainsboro Technical College; Zachary Smith, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Augusta Technical College; Wendy Toliver, Business Administrative Technology, Middle Georgia Technical College, and Mandy Wood, Business Office Specialist, Heart of Georgia Technical College.
Each GOAL winner presented their winning college speech and were interviewed by a panel of judges representing each area of the East Central Consortium. The event concluded with a luncheon where the GOAL winners were recognized for their accomplishments. Each winner also received a certificate and special gifts from each of the colleges in the consortium.
Similar consortia judging events are being conducted across the state. Two winners from each consortium will be selected to move on to state competition. The tentative date to announce the state GOAL finalists is April 16.
If chosen as one of two finalists from the East Central 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, who will receive the GOAL medallion and take home the grand prize of 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 at GOAL consortium judging from Central Georgia Technical College are (left to right), College President Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II, GOAL winner Dontize Hughes, nominating instructor Cynthia Smith, and GOAL coordinator Tony Turner.
GOAL winners participating in East Central Consortium judging are (left to right) Zachary Smith, Augusta Technical College; Wendy Toliver, Middle Georgia Technical College; Mandy Wood, Heart of Georgia Technical College; Michelle Lank, Swainsboro Technical College; Shannon Gober, Sandersville Technical College, and Dontize Hughes, Central Georgia Technical College.