Four students have been selected as finalists for the Atlanta Technical College (ATC) Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dessie Hall, ATC coordinator of student life.
Chosen as finalists are: Diane Lewis, a hotel, restaurant, and tourism management student; Cremeithius Riggins, a paralegal studies student; Terence Whitehead, a diesel technology student; and Demetrica Wright, a marketing management student.
During the first round of competition, twenty-two ATC students vied for the opportunity to serve as the ATC GOAL student. Candidates delivered three-minute speeches in front of a screening committee of administrators and answered a series of questions before final selections were made. Lewis, Riggins, Whitehead and Wright were named finalists and will appear before a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community. The 2014 Atlanta Technical College GOAL student will be announced at a campus-wide celebration on January 28.
"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 Dr. Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College.
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 24 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regent college with technical education division.
All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia as well as the one Board of Regents college with technical education divisions.
GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in February. 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 2014 GOAL winner for the state.
The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car.
In 2012, ATC’s LaNette Holloman was named GOAL Student of the Year for the state. A year later, another ATC student, Shalethea McEroy was named one of the top finalists in the state competition.