GOAL Winner Named at Central Georgia Technical College
Geordon R. Martin, a Networking Specialist student, has been named the winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC). This award is the highest honor a student can receive within the Technical College System of Georgia. He will now move on to the region and state competitions.
Martin was announced as the College’s winner at the Fall Semester Awards Day ceremony held December 4 at the Warner Robins campus. He received a plaque recognizing his accomplishment and a financial gift from the Middle Georgia Technical College Foundation. As the CGTC winner, Martin will represent students at the Warner Robins, Macon, and Milledgeville campuses, as well as centers throughout the 11-county service area.
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Martin. “I chose technical education because it helped me find an area where I can excel. The hands-on experience allowed me to build my confidence outside the classroom and gave me the drive I needed to succeed.”
His next step will be to compete with seven other college winners at the Central Region competition February 18 at CGTC’s Macon campus. Three students out of the eight will be selected to interview at the state-level competition. Region competition results will be announced at the State GOAL competition held in April at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta.
Martin was selected for the award from a group of five finalists by a panel of community leaders. The four other finalists for the CGTC GOAL award were Pamela ‘Sissy’ Jordan, a Cardio Vascular Technology student from Macon; Jonathan Davidson, an Industrial Systems student from Danville; Kalonda Hughes, a Practical Nursing Student from Bonaire; and Riley Windham, an Industrial Systems Technology student from Jeffersonville.
Community leaders serving as judges for the selection panel were April Mouton-Beal of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce; David Danzie, vice president for Commercial Lending at BB&T Bank in Macon; Marisa Parrish of COX Media; and John Follett, mill manager at Hollingsworth and Vose in Hawkinsville.
Martin was nominated for this award by his instructor, Felicia Everidge. Students nominated for the award must meet certain criteria, including a 3.0 GPA and a work ethics grade of at least two. In addition, students must show a commitment to technical education and be willing to share their experience with others.
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 24 technical colleges, as well as Bainbridge College, a Board of Regents college with a technical education division.
Martin, along with all other college winners, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta in April where they will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and leadership activities. Three finalists from each of three regions will be announced at the state competition and those nine students will interview for the title of state GOAL winner. The state winner will earn a brand new Chevrolet vehicle, the state GOAL medallion, and the opportunity to serve as the student ambassador for Technical Education in Georgia.
|Submitted by Janet Kelly
January 13, 2014
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