Sharon Wyche is Chosen as Southeastern Tech's GOAL Winner
January 22, 2013 - Sharon Wyche, a Radiologic Technology student at Southeastern Technical College from Lyons, has been named as the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).
The announcement was made at the college’s GOAL recognition meeting on January 22 at the Vidalia Community Center.
Wyche was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were Marsha Brooks of Reidsville in Medical Assisting and LaShanda Roundtree of Vidalia and Christopher Waters of Swainsboro in Radiologic Technology.
Wyche began at Southeastern Tech after being laid off from Ameris Bank, and the college helped her through that transition.
“You’ve heard that when one door closes, another one opens,” said Wyche. “STC has been that open door for me.”
Wyche lauded STC’s job placement rate, citing recent personal experience: a job search without the benefit of a technical education.
“My daughter graduated summa cum laude from Elizabeth City State University, recently earned her Master’s degree in Public Health, and she is currently still unemployed,” said Wyche. “She often says, ‘Mom, I wish I had done technical education first.’”
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 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.
The announcement of Wyche as the STC GOAL winner was made by Provost Larry Calhoun.
Wyche will now proceed to regional judging. All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April. Nine regional finalists, three finalists from the three regions, will be announced in Atlanta on April 24 and 25, 2013. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2013 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.