Environmental Horticulture Student Named Columbus Technical College GOAL Winner for 2007 (news from April 11, 2007) : Columbus Technical College

Environmental Horticulture Student Named Columbus Technical College GOAL Winner for 2007

April 11, 2007 – Darren Pearce, an Environmental Horticulture student at Columbus Technical College was named the local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) at a special banquet Tuesday afternoon at Green Island Country Club. The announcement came after the four GOAL finalists attended a City Council session which named April 10, 2007 as “GOAL Day” in an official proclamation.

Darren tried his hand at a four-year university before realizing technical education was a better fit. “Columbus Technical College boasts a hands-on approach reinforced by stringent academic standards,” he said. As Columbus Technical College’s GOAL winner, Darren Pearce will be the proud owner of a coveted reserved parking space at the College for one year. Besides the parking spot, he was also awarded $300 from the East Columbus Rotary Club to help pay for his expenses as he competes state-wide. The three runner-ups each received $50 from the Rotarians.

Darren Pearce will compete among the winners from Georgia’s other technical colleges at a GOAL competition in Atlanta May 22-25. Besides bragging rights and a GOAL medallion, the state winner will also receive a new car. This is the 36th year the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE) has sponsored the GOAL competition. GOAL was the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in technical colleges.

In order to be named Columbus Technical College’s GOAL winner, Darren went through a series of interviews with faculty members and a Selection Committee made up of area business and industry leaders. Representatives from companies like Well Care of Georgia, Colonial Bank, Columbus Hospice and A.G. Edwards conducted the interviews and made the final difficult decision of naming a winner.

While Darren Pearce earned the title of Columbus Technical College’s 2007 GOAL winner, the other three finalists are also deserving of recognition. They are: Katherine Bentley/Dental Hygiene, Kanesha Halliburton-Young/Practical Nursing and Harley McIntire/Automotive Technology.

(Left to Right) Dr. Edith Thompson, Harley McIntire, Kanesha Halliburton-Young, Darren Pearce and Katherine Bentley.

We wish Darren the best of luck as he prepares for the state competition.

For more information, please contact Cheryl Myers/Media & Public Relations Coordinator at (706) 580-0130 or email cmyers@columbustech.edu or GOAL Coordinator, Dr. Edith Thompson at (706) 563-8816 or email edie@knology.net.