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Georgia Piedmont Tech Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Award

Clarkston, GA - December 01, 2011

10 Georgia Piedmont Technical College (formerly DeKalb Technical College) students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Amanda Taylor-Rodriguez, coordinator for the Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s (GPTC) GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are:

  Nominee Program of Study County Instruction
Mary K. Bowdoin Cosmetology Rockdale Arnold Tene' Taylor
Delviola Gray General Studies Newton Ann Thomas/Steve Strickland
Symetri C. Harlow Automotive Technology DeKalb Stephen D. Bullock
Cotina L. Howard Welding & Joining Technology Newton Willie Harvey
Paul Jones Accounting Cobb Ramona Rucker
Barbara Latimer Paralegal Studies Rockdale Celia L. Murray
Patrick A. McDaniel Marketing Management DeKalb Sam Mitchell
Carlis Smoot Accounting DeKalb Cathy McCrary
James Studaway CIS Networking Specialist Fulton John Etienne
Allan K. Waters Electrical & Computer Eng. DeKalb Michael Woods

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 Regent 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. In April, all college winners will come to 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.

According to Taylor-Rodriguez, a screening committee of administrators at GPTC selected the ten semi-finalists from a list of 64 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 10 students and select one to be the college’s 2012 GOAL winner," explained Taylor-Rodrigiez. “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 2012 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 Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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