CGTC Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Program

November 8, 2021

Warner Robins, Ga. – Four Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), and will move on to the next round of judging November 30.

Chosen as semi-finalists are: Andrew Barajas, a Physical Therapy Assistant program student from Peach County, Brittany Forlader, a Radiologic Technology student from Camden County, Danielle Lowery, an Associate of Science in Nursing Student from Baldwin County, and Melisa Young, an Associate of Science in Nursing student from Houston County.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 TCSG’s colleges.

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in the Spring. In April, all college winners will come to Atlanta where the nine regional finalists, three finalists from each of the three regions, will be announced and compete at the state level and one student will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.

A screening committee of administrators at CGTC selected the four semi-finalists from a group of -instructor-nominated nominated by their instructors. Nominated students who competed in the competition include, Michael Einbender, Welding and Joining Technology, Vanessa Hankinson, Echocardiography, Kendall Kendrick, Radiologic Technology, Maria Orozco, Associate of Science in Nursing, Shellie Powers, Associate of Science in Nursing.

The next step is for a panel of business, civic, and industry leaders from the community to interview and evaluate these four students and select one to be the college’s GOAL winner.

The State GOAL Winner, TCSG’s Student of the Year, becomes the student ambassador for Georgia’s entire technical college system and receives a grand prize of a brand new car provided by Kia the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.