Former Police Officer, Soldier Receives STC’s 2014 GOAL
January 23, 2014 - Tim Jackson was named Southeastern Technical College's 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner in a ceremony on the school's Vidalia campus on Jan. 21.
The GOAL is given each year to STC's most accomplished student, as determined by nominating instructors and a panel of community leaders who interview the nominees.
“The [GOAL] program highlights the importance of technical education and recognizes the outstanding achievements of our technical college students,” said Barry Dotson, vice president for student affairs. “Being nominated for GOAL is one of the highest honors an STC student can achieve. I know many of these students, and they represent the best in technical education.”
Jackson served four years in the US Army and 10 years in the Oakland Police Department before an injury forced him to change careers. After some time as a private investigator and realtor, Jackson and his family relocated to Swainsboro, where he realized he'd need to return to school to secure a job.
“I felt I needed to go back to school not just to find a job, but to find a second career,” said Jackson.
Jackson wanted to enter a field that allowed him to help people. Medicine seemed an easy fit, and after some research, he settled on radiologic technology. After more than 20 years away from school, though, Jackson wanted to make sure that the college he attended would be a good fit. After a little more research, he found Southeastern Tech.
“The price of admission was a fraction of what it would have cost had I gone to another college or university,” said Jackson. “The books and materials I would need were very affordable, too. But the deciding factor was the staff.”
Detailing his first visit to the college, Jackson remarked on the attentiveness, kindness and knowledge of the STC staff, who addressed every question he had and set to rest any apprehension he held. That satisfaction continued into his first day of classes, when Jackson met his instructors, whom he called “some of the finest people I have ever met.”
“They make me feel like my success is just as important to them as it is to me,” said Jackson. “And that was very, very important to me and made me want to work harder not only for my own success in my career, but to show them just how much that meant to me.”
Jackson's hard work paid off in Vidalia and he'll now go on to compete in the state GOAL competition in April in Atlanta, where the winner will not only become the ambassador for technical education in Georgia in 2014 but will also receive a new car from Chevrolet, the corporate sponsor for the GOAL program.
For more information on the GOAL program, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.