Georgia College Students Going for the "GOAL"

Top students, one main goal: to be the best they can be in their respective programs at Southwest Georgia Technical College and eventually receive one of the highest tech college honors in the state, the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL.

Freida Hill, President of Southwest Georgia Technical College, says, "We've had two state winners. I think we've had something like 18 that have been in the top five finalists, so we've had great students and have been very fortunate for them to be finalists and winners."

This year's Southwest Georgia Technical College GOAL scholar is Matt Mobley, who is pursuing his Associate's Degree in Nursing. Matt's professors say he is a prime example of why lawmakers should not cut the HOPE Scholarship and deny anyone an education.

Ralph Fudge of Southwest Georgia Technical College says, “I taught him anatomy, microbiology and physiology and I think he was as good a student as I've ever had."

"The tutelage, the instructors that we have at Southwest Georgia Technical College, are awesome and just in preparing us as nurses and dealing with people, I think that was very instrumental in this moment," says Matt Mobley.

Technical college professors fear if the HOPE Scholarship is cut, so will many programs they teach, and say the GOAL scholar program is one message to the state showing the importance of the technical school system.

Matt Mobley will travel to Atlanta next month to compete in the statewide GOAL scholar contest. If he is named Georgia's top technical college student, he will win a new car and will spend the next year traveling around the state speaking about the benefits of the technical college system.