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Lauren Hockaday chosen as Lanier Tech's 2017 GOAL Winner
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Lauren Hockaday chosen as Lanier Technical College’s 2017 GOAL Winner

Oakwood, GA – Lauren Hockaday, a Firefighter/EMSP student at Lanier Technical College from White County has been named as the college’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

The announcement was made at the College’s GOAL recognition meeting on January 24th, 2017 at Gainesville Civic Center.

Hockaday was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were Heather Chick, Barrow County, Medical Assisting; Kristie Stith, Hall County, Medical Assisting; and Allison Smith, Forsyth County, Interiors.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.

The announcement of Hockaday as the Lanier Technical College’s GOAL winner was made by Dr. Ray Perren, Lanier Technical College President.

Hockaday will now proceed to regional judging. All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April. Nine regional finalists, three finalists from the three regions, will be announced in Atlanta on April 12, 2017. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2017 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.

The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

Hockaday stated that “This has been an incredible experience, and I am very proud to represent Lanier Technical College.”

Hockaday is the wife of Matthew Hockaday. She lives with her husband in Helen, GA. She chose to attend Lanier Technical College to earn her degree and pursue a career in the fire service field.

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