GNTC Students And Instructors Nominated For GOAL And Rick Perkins Awards

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have nominated 28 of their students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition and eight of their peer instructors for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

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 25 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division. 

Students chosen for recognition by their instructors are:

Charles Bailey               Computer Information Systems              Gordon County Campus

Maegen Bolt                 Early Childhood Care & Education        Gordon County Campus

Jessica Brewer              Early Childhood Care & Education        Walker County Campus

Penny Broadrick            Medical Assisting                                  Walker County Campus

Candis Chappell           Marketing                                              Floyd County Campus

Dayna Davidson            Radiologic Technology                         Floyd County Campus   

Crystal Davis                 Medical Assisting                                  Walker County Campus

Julia Duden                   Marketing                                              Floyd County Campus           

Shanna Gattenby           Vascular Technology                            Floyd County Campus

Daniel Groce                Business Management                           Whitfield Murray Campus

Loren Hendrix               Early Childhood Care & Education        Gordon County Campus

Amanda Hensley          Business Management                           Whitfield Murray Campus

Jefferey Hughes            Networking Specialists                          Walker County Campus

Nathan Kaiser                Automotive Technology                       Walker County Campus

Elizabeth Knox              Social Work                                          Walker County Campus

Carla Mahan                  Marketing                                              Floyd County Campus

Oscar Martin                 Computer Information Systems              Floyd County Campus

Delia Matthews             Networking Specialist                           Walker County Campus

Jessica Mauldin             Business Management                           Whitfield Murray Campus

Courtney McBee           Early Childhood Care & Education        Gordon County Campus

Jessi Melgar                  Early Childhood Care & Education        Gordon County Campus

Joshua Myers                Machine Tool Technology                    Walker County Campus

Mary Nelson                 Early Childhood Care & Education        Gordon County Campus

Whitney Owenby         Medical Assisting                                  Floyd County Campus

Christy Parrish                Networking Specialist                           Walker County Campus

Oscar Reyes                 Business Management                           Whitfield Murray Campus

Mary Stinnet                  Social Work                                          Walker County Campus

Nora Suarez Smith         Industrial Systems and Electronics         Walker County Campus

"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 Dione Hodge, GNTC’s GOAL coordinator.

Instructors at Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) have also nominated eight of their peers for the Rick Perkins Award of Excellence in Technical Instruction competition.

The nominees for 2013 include:

Bill Bentley                    Automotive Technology                       Floyd County Campus

Ronda Cox                   General Education                                Walker County Campus

Anthony Gallman          Cosmetology                                        Gordon County Campus

Bobby Lewis                Neuromuscular Therapy                        Floyd County Campus

Ose Martinez                Associate Degree Nursing                     Walker County Campus

Greg Paulson                Culinary Arts                                         Floyd County Campus

Troy Peco                    Automotive Technology                       Walker County Campus

Gina Stephens              Business Technologies                          Floyd County Campus

The Rick Perkins Award honors the Technical College System of Georgia’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing statewide event since 1991 and is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

These nominees are being honored by their peers who recognize their hard work, dedication, and efforts in helping their students become successful,” stated Beverly Padgett, coordinator for GNTC’s Rick Perkins program.

Formerly known as the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence, the award was renamed in honor and memory of Thomas “Rick” Perkins, an instructor at West Central Technical College, who received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence prior to his untimely death.

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award programs through the system’s office, the college presidents’ Academic Affairs Committee, and the state planning committee.

A screening committee of administrators at GNTC will review each of the nominated students and instructors and conduct personal interviews with the nominees. 

Four finalists will be selected in the GOAL competition. The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional competition.  From the screening committee interviews, a winner will be chosen to represent the college as GNTC’s 2013 Rick Perkins winner and move on to the regional competition.

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