Columbus Technical College Names GOAL Finalists (news from March 16, 2007) : Columbus Technical College

Columbus Technical College Names GOAL Finalists

At a ceremony on March 8, 2007, Columbus Technical College announced the names of the four finalists for the area’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). The nominees are:

  • Harley McIntire / Auto Collision Repair
  • Kanesha Halliburton-Young / Practical Nursing
  • Darren Pearce / Environmental Horticulture
  • Katherine Bentley / Dental Hygiene

GOAL Finalists

The four finalists will go through a series of interviews and evaluations by a selection committee of representatives from area business and industry. They will also make presentations at a banquet in their honor on April 10, 2007 at Green Island Country Club. The Columbus Technical College winner will be announced at that time. He or she will compete at the state level May 22-25. Besides the bragging rights earned, the state-wide winner receives a GOAL medallion and a new car!

GOAL is celebrating its 36th year. It is a state-wide competition started by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE). The competition is held among students from Georgia’s 39 technical colleges and it recognizes outstanding achievement, character, and leadership. Students are nominated for this prestigious award by their instructors.

Dr. Edith Thompson is the GOAL coordinator for Columbus Technical College. She says, "The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world of work and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges."

The screening committee of administrators and instructors at Columbus Technical College had the difficult task of choosing just four GOAL finalists from 28 outstanding students. They are: Paul Pate/Networking and Microcomputer Specialist, Margaret Vega-Jones/Radiologic Technology, Nancy Fields/Radiologic Technology, Willie Barker/Major Appliance Repair, Heather Cortez/Computer Aided Drafting, Dimitri Herring/Computer Aided Drafting, Nicholas Bowers/Automotive Technology, Vincent Fluellen/Carpentry, Jeremy Osterman/Welding and Joining Technology, Vickie Cochran/Respiratory Care Technology, Barbara Martin/Environmental Horticulture, Stephanie Silverstein/Practical Nursing, Nicole Miller/Management and Supervisory Development, Barry Thomas/Accounting, Rebecca Bishop/Allied Health Science, Rebecca Tidman/Early Childhood Care and Education, Natalie Teasley/Cosmetology, Charlotte Leach/Cosmetology, Adrian Hunter/Industrial Systems Technology, Stacy Cooper/Practical Nursing, Sara Finch/Practical Nursing, Laura De Coteau/Practical Nursing, Robert Andrews/Internet Specialist and Website Design and Tashika Bryant/Networking Specialist.

For more information, contact Columbus Technical College Media & Public Relations Coordinator, Cheryl Myers at (706) 580-0130 or email or GOAL Coordinator, Dr. Edith Thompson at (706) 563-8816 or email