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Lanier Technical College names Semifinalists for GOAL Award

L-R: Sherry Crane, Susan Gates, Annamarie Keck, Stormy Wren
L-R: Sherry Crane, Susan Gates, Annamarie Keck, Stormy Wren
Four Lanier Technical College students have been selected as the College’s semifinalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Jennifer Pulliam, coordinator for the Lanier Tech’s GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are: Sherry Crane, a Business Administrative Technology student from Commerce; Susan Gates, a Healthcare Science Technology student from Buford; Annamarie Keck, a Business Administrative Technology student from Flowery Branch; and Stormy Wren, an Early Childhood Care and Education student from Cumming.

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 a 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 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 Pulliam.

According to Pulliam, a screening committee of administrators at Lanier Technical College selected the four semifinalists after an interview and presentation from students who were nominated by their instructors.

"The next step is for another panel, the Selection Committee, to evaluate these four students and select one to be the College’s 2014 GOAL winner," explained Pulliam. “The one judged most outstanding will compete in the Northern Regional Judging. Three finalists from this region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta at the end of April and vie to be named as the 2014 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 Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.

For more information about Lanier Technical College and the programs of study, please visit the college’s website at www.laniertech.edu or call Lanier Technical College at 770-531-6300.

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