Moultrie Technical College Announces 2014 GOAL Finalists

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News Release: Moultrie Technical College

MOULTRIE, GA. - Moultrie Technical College (MTC) announced its 23 student nominees and four finalists for the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) on January 21, according to Lisa Newton, MTC’s GOAL coordinator. Annual GOAL winners represent MTC as the Student of the Year.

Moultrie Tech’s finalists are Business Administrative Technology program student Chance Caskey of the MTC Tifton Campus, and Practical Nursing program student Tiffany Erving, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy program student Julie McDonald, and Medical Assisting program student Timothy Walker, all of the MTC Moultrie Campus.

All 25 of Georgia’s technical colleges statewide, as well as one Board of Regents school with a technical division, present these awards. Local winners serve as ambassadors to their communities on behalf of their colleges. Moultrie Tech’s winner will represent the college in its four-county service area of Colquitt, Tift, Turner and Worth.

The objective of the GOAL program, says Newton, is to recognize and reward excellence among more than 190,000 students studying at Georgia's technical colleges. GOAL was the first statewide program in the nation to honor outstanding technical education students.

A committee of five community leaders met to select Moultrie Tech's winner through a series of interviews and speeches given by the four finalists on January 28.

"The screening and selection process is fairly involved and time consuming," added Newton. "But our job is to find the very best candidate to represent Moultrie Tech. When the evaluations are complete, we hope to have found the College's most outstanding student."

The announcement will be made at a luncheon scheduled for January 30, weather permitting, in the MTC Southwest Georgia Bank Conference Center on the Moultrie Veterans Parkway Campus. The Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce workforce development committee will present the winner with a cash award of $200 and each runner-up with a $100 prize. The winner will also receive a scholarship from the Moultrie Tech Foundation to assist with expenses for the regional and state competitions.

Additional nominees from Moultrie Tech’s campus locations in Moultrie and Tifton are Accounting student Reba Carman; Automotive Technology student Harold Houghtalen; Business Administrative Technology students Sheri Freeland and Anita Williamson; Computer Information Systems student Glenn Gardiner; Cosmetology program student Xavier Johnson; Drafting Technology program students Johnny Lee Bennett and Cheryl Cerfus; Early Childhood Care and Education student Tiffaney King; Electronics Technology students Haley Clark and Willie Tatum; Industrial Systems Technology students James Burton and John Reade; Marketing Management student Christopher Roberts; Practical Nursing students Erica Day and Lonisha Graham; Surgical Technology students Gina Chambers and Felicia Moorman; and Welding and Joining Technology student Nicholas Zabrishkie.

For the third year Moultrie Technical College’s Tifton Campus will host the regional GOAL competition on March 10 in which winners representing Albany Tech, Altamaha Tech, Bainbridge College’s technical division, Moultrie Tech, Okefenokee Tech, Savannah Tech, South Georgia Tech, Southwest Georgia Tech, and Wiregrass Georgia Tech will compete for three available state finalist positions from within the region.

A statewide winner will be selected at the state GOAL competition in Atlanta in April and will travel the state for a full year on behalf of Georgia’s Technical College System. Carmaker Chevrolet will donate a 2014 vehicle to the state’s winner.

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