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Lanier Technical College Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Program

Four Lanier Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Kari Register, coordinator for the Lanier Technical College’s GOAL Program.

Chosen as semi-finalists are: Robert Enright, EMS, Lumpkin County; Donna Pickens, Accounting Diploma, Barrow County; Abigail Rodriguez, Applied Technology, Hall County; and Chase Sweda, Welding & Joining Technology, Hall County. 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 22 technical colleges.

Photo of Robert Enright, EMS, Lumpkin County

Photo of Donna Pickens, Accounting Diploma, Barrow County

Photo of Abigail Rodriguez, Applied Technology, Hall County

Photo of Chase Sweda, Welding & Joining Technology, Hall County
All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 22 technical colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia.

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in March. In April, all college winners will come to Atlanta where the nine regional 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 Register.

According to Register, a screening committee of administrators at Lanier Technical College selected the four semi-finalists from a list of 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 four students and select one to be the college’s 2019 GOAL winner,” explained Register. “The one judged most outstanding will compete in the North regional judging. Three finalists from the North regional will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta on April 16, 2019 and vie to be named as the 2018 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 Kia Motors Manufacturer Georgia, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.

Lanier Technical College has a 100 percent job placement rate five out six years in a row with 100 percent in-field placement in 2018. The College offers over 50 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. Lanier Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

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