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Record 64 Georgia Piedmont Tech Students Nominated for GOAL Award

Clarkston, GA - November 18, 2011

Instructors at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly DeKalb Technical College have nominated 64 of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition, according to Amanda Taylor-Rodriguez, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.

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 a technical education division.

Chosen for recognition by their instructors are:

 
Name
Area of Study
Nominating Instructor
1.
Terrence Allen Building Automation System Brian Lovell
2.
Desire D. Archibald Air Conditioning Technology Sam Mitchell
3.
Nicole Ashbury CIS Networking Specialist John Etienne
4.
Fitsumneh Asseged Clinical Lab Technology Virginia Roberts
5.
Curtis Barrett Drafting Amit Dave
6.
Freddy H. Bedoya Air Conditioning Technology Sam Mitchell
7.
Ricardo D. Boone Criminal Justice Technology Kye W. Haymore
8.
Mary Bowdoin Cosmetology Arnold Tene Taylor
9.
Precious E. Bright Paralegal Studies Celia Murray
10.
Robin Brooks Clinical Laboratory Technology Virginia Roberts
11.
Andrew Brown Building Automation System Brian Lovell
12
Karen Cameron Practical Nursing Theresa Snagg
13.
Darnell Carson Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
14.
Ronette Carter Cosmetology Arnold Tene Taylor
15.
Raeniece Coney Business Administrative Technology Queen Young
16.
Jeffery Cummings Welding & Joining Technology Willie Harvey
17.
Joseph Daise Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
18.
Samir Dehhak Commercial Refrigeration Jeryll McWhorter
19.
Edo Diabakalufaundende Accounting Susan Wright
20.
Everald Edwards Building Automation Systems Jeryll McWhorter
21.
Loretta Epps Criminal Justice Technology Valerie Brown
22.
Shampaine Escobar Accounting Susan Wright
23.
Hong Fu CIS Programming Richard Levesque
24.
Daud Gabeyre Commercial Refrigeration Jeryll McWhorter
25.
Sonia Gaston Paramedic Technology Amit Dave
26.
Chandra Gibbs Clinical Laboratory Technology Virginia Roberts
27.
Delviola Gray General Studies Ann Thomas/Steve Strickland
28.
Melissa H. Hales CIS Database Specialist Michael D. Jones
29.
Symetric C. Harlow Automotive Technology Stephen D. Bullock
30.
Michael Harper Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
31.
Dana Hawkins CIS Database Specialist Michael D. Jones
32.
Kiera D. Haynes CIS DataBase Specialist Michael D. Jones
33.
Michael Hill-Stewart Marketing Management Amit Dave
34.
James Studaway CIS Networking Specialist John Etienne
35.
Cotina Howard Welding & Joint Technology Willlie Harvey
36.
Charles Jackson Commercial Refrigeration Jeryll McWhorter
37.
Paul Jons Accounting Ramona Rucker
38.
Barbara Latimer Paralegal Studies Celia L. Murray
39.
Reesy Mann Paralegal Studies Kye W. Haymore
40.
Lolita Martin Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
41.
Patrick A. McDaniel Marketing Management Sam Mitchell
42.
Linnet Miller CIS Networking Specialist Michael D. Jones
43.
Michael Misenheimer Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
44.
Ossio M. Newborn CIS Networking Specialist Robert Clements
45.
Aliza Nolden Cosmetology Amit Dave
46.
Odelia Parsell Air Conditioning Technology Sam Mitchell
47.
Pooja Patel Clinical Laboratory Technology Virginia Roberts
48.
Jorge E. Perez Practical Nursing Sophia Jones
49.
Michael Reaves Commercial Refrigeration Jeryll McWhorter
50.
Victor Seneca Commercial Refrigeration Jeryll McWhorter
51.
John Scranton Marketing Management Karen Howard
52.
Brittany E. Smith Cosmetology Larry Grant
53.
Tamara Smith Accounting Francis Nyandeh
54.
Carlis Smoot Accounting Cathy McCrary
55.
Patrick Stevens Marketing Management Delores Guillory
56.
Jeremy Tatum Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
57.
Reginald Turner Building Automation Systems Brian Lovell
58.
Roy Vanderploeg II CIS Programing Michael D. Jones
59.
Allan K. Waters Electrical & Computer Engineering Michael Woods
60.
Deirdre Welch Banking & Finance Ramona Rucker
61.
Randy White Electrical & Computer Engineering Michael Woods
62.
James H. Whitney CIS Programming Richard Levesque
63.
Bobby Williams Automotive Technology Stephen D. Bullock
64.
Parisheee Williams Practical Nursing Francis Nyandeh

"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.

A screening committee of administrators at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will review each of the instructors’ nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students. After the nominees have been ranked, four finalists will then be chosen to compete to be GPTC’s GOAL winner for 2012.

The four finalists will then take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students’ qualities like academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional competition. Then three from each of the three regions will make up the nine semi-finalists, who will be named in April at the state GOAL conference in Atlanta. The nine regional finalists will then move to the state level and compete for the title of state GOAL winner.

The student who earns the state GOAL winner title is also awarded the important responsibility of traveling the state as the ambassador for the entire technical college system. To make that travel easier, the winner also receives a new car from 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, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu 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, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu 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 https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment.

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