Cosmetology, Computer Networking, Health Sciences and Child Care Student all vie for Top Spot

Four Columbus Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Trecia Pryor-Sutton coordinator for Columbus Technical College’s GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are:  Belinda Baker/Cosmetology, Safiya Pearson/Early Childhood Care & Education, Manuel Johnson/Computer Networking and Denitra Hardnett/Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

 “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 2013 GOAL winner,” explained Pryor-Sutton.

Final Four GOAL

Columbus Technical College announced its Final Four in the statewide GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) Top Student competition. Pictured left to right are: GOAL coordinator Trecia Pryor-Sutton, nominee Manuel Johnson, nominee Safiya Pearson, nominee Belinda Baker, nominee Denitra Hardnett and college president Lorette M. Hoover.

The winner for Columbus Technical College will be announced on December 10th at a luncheon meeting of the North Columbus Rotary Club. After that, it’s on to the district competition in Macon.

“The one judged most outstanding from Columbus Tech will compete in regional judging in February.  Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta this April and vie to be named as the statewide GOAL winner.”

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. 

“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 Pryor-Sutton.

A screening committee of administrators at Columbus Technical College selected the twenty finalists and then four semi-finalists — all from a list of students nominated by their instructors. 

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.