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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Names GOAL Award Finalists

Ten Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) students have been selected as the school's finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Amanda Taylor-Rodriguez, coordinator for the GPTC's GOAL program.

Chosen as finalists are the following students:

Willie Blair – Welding & Joining Technology
Iyeshu B. Dunnigan – Cosmetology
Leitonya Edwards – Accounting
Tangelia Elder – Business Administrative Technology
Sharonda Lewis – Practical Nursing
Stephanie Love – Human Resources Management
Patrick A. McDaniel – Business Information Systems
Ricardo R. Narvarrette – Automotive Technology
Odelia L. Parsell – Air Conditioning Technology
Patrick Stevens – Marketing Management

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 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with technical education division.

All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 26 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February 2013. In April, all college winners will convene in Atlanta, where the nine semi-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 Taylor-Rodriguez, who is also Georgia Piedmont Tech's acting vice president of student affairs.

According to Taylor-Rodriguez, a screening committee of administrators at GPTC selected the 10 finalists from a list of students nominated by the students' instructors. Taylor-Rodriguez was named coordinator of the College's GOAL program last month by the Georgia Piedmont Tech President Dr. Jabari Simama. President Simama simultaneously appointed Dr. Debra Gordon, GPTC's dean of academic support, as coordinator of the school's 2013 Rick Perkins Award–GOAL's "sister" program.

"The next step in our GOAL program 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 2013 GOAL winner," explained Taylor-Rodriguez. "The one judged most outstanding will compete in north regional judging. Three finalists from north region will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2013 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.