GNTC Names Semi-Finalists For 2018 GOAL Award

Monday, January 22, 2018

Four Georgia Northwestern Technical College students have been selected as the college’s semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), according to Dione Waddington, coordinator for the college’s GOAL program.
 
Listed are students chosen as semi-finalists for the GOAL award showing (from left to right) the student’s name, hometown, program of study, GNTC campus, and nominating instructor:
 
Grace Dunnaway, Calhoun, Criminal Justice, Gordon County Campus, Tyler Gayan
Valina Hopson, Dallas, Radiologic Technology, Floyd County Campus, Teresa Resch
Jill McBee, Fort Oglethorpe, Social Work, Walker County Campus, Pam Turner
Macey Morgan, Business Management and Nursing, Dalton, Floyd County Campus, Lisa Russell
 
“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 Ms.
Waddington. 
 
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 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division.
 
According to Ms. Waddington, a screening committee of administrators at GNTC selected the four semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.
 
The four semi-finalists will advance to a second round of judging at Rome Floyd Chamber where a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community will interview and evaluate the students and select one to be the college’s 2018 GOAL winner. The student judged most outstanding will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at noon at the Coosa County Club.
 
The GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards luncheon is sponsored by The Seven Hills Rotary Club, Rome Floyd Chamber, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
 
All college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 21 colleges of TCSG as well as the Board of Regents’ college with a technical education division. Three finalists from the region will be named and will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2017 statewide GOAL winner.
 
The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia. They will make many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the Georgia General Assembly, the Governor, and other the TCSG functions.
 
As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner.



2 New Scholarship Applications Open For Future Teachers

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association (CHCRTA) on Tuesday announced that applications are open for 2018. The scholarship program is made possible through generous donations from members to support the future of education.  Ms. Sharon Vandagriff, president of CHCRTA said, “Providing scholarships for future teachers is one of the most important things ... (click for more)

Taylor Right At Home With CSCC’s Honors Program

Cleveland State student Jackson Taylor thought he had it all figured out after he finished Towns County High School in Georgia. The Georgia native planned to go to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship and major in engineering, but after hearing about CSCC, he weighed both options and decided on the smaller school in Tennessee.  Mr. Taylor had also planned ... (click for more)

Witness Says Christopher Turner Shot Jamichael Eddins Multiple Times After He Was Already Down At Carousel Road

Police said Christopher Lashawn Turner stood over 24-year-old Jamichael Eddins on Carousel Road late Tuesday afternoon and fired multiple shots into him after shooting him moments before.   Turner, 26, of 1203 Sholar Ave., was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm.   Randall Davenport, 28, was ... (click for more)

County Commission Approves Sizable Pay Increase For Magistrates

The County Commission has approved a sizable pay raise for its four magistrates, taking them from the current $66,000 per year to $92,000 by 2021. The raises will take effect beginning with new terms for magistrates. Two of the current magistrates are up for re-appointment in May. Their pay level will become $80,000. It will rise by $4,000 per year until reaching the $92,000. ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Principal’s Reaction

On the morning after the mass shooting in Florida last week, a 17-year-old at Ledyard High School in Connecticut made an offhand comment during his first period class, “I could buy an AR-15.” At that, all the teachers panicked. Really. The school was soon so rattled by the comment the principal called the cops. And those five words got the child shackled, taken into custody, and ... (click for more)