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Southeastern Technical College Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Program

January 12, 2017 –   Four Southeastern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Melissa Rowell, coordinator for STC’s GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are:

Emily Blanchett, Cosmetology from Collins
Curt Peters, Associate of Science in Nursing from Vidalia
Matthew Tracy, Welding & Joining Technology from Vidalia
Hal Wilson, Associate of Science in Nursing from Swainsboro

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, 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 as well as one Board of Regent college with technical education division.  

All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia as well as the one Board of Regents college with technical education divisions.  

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February.  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 in April and one student will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.

"The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce," said Rowell.

According to Rowell, a screening committee of administrators at STC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.  

"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 2017 GOAL winner," explained Rowell.  “The one judged most outstanding will compete in the Central regional judging.  Three finalists from the Central region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta on April 11-12, 2017 and vie to be named as the 2017 statewide GOAL winner.”

The State GOAL Winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car provided by Kia, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.