Amy Moore Named GOAL Winner at Middle Georgia Technical College
Warner Robins - Amy Moore of Warner Robins, an Accounting student at Middle Georgia Technical College, has been named as MGTC"s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL). The GOAL award is the highest honor a student can receive within the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).
Moore was announced as the 2012 winner at a special ceremony recognizing GOAL nominees in February. After she was announced as the winner, she went on to compete at the Central Region competition against GOAL winners from seven other colleges at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon. She will find out the results of the regional competition at the GOAL conference in Atlanta in April.
"I chose technical education because of its career orientated education," said Moore. "After retiring from the Marine Corps, I set my sights on pursuing an education that would help me reach my goals, but also afford me the time I needed to maintain a balanced professional and personal life. I am honored to have been recognized by my instructors to and serve in this capacity on behalf of Middle Georgia Technical College."
Moore was chosen by a panel of local leaders over two other finalists for the award. Runners-up were Amy Hayes of Perry, Radiologic Technology; Stephanie Middleton of Warner Robins, Practical Nursing; and Craig Campbell of Macon, Industrial Systems Technology.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 25 technical colleges as well as Bainbridge College, a Board of Regents college with a technical education division.
Moore's journey began during Fall Semester 2011 when she was nominated for the GOAL award by Accounting Instructor Kelly Icard. She and nine other MGTC students were nominated for the award by their instructors. Students must meet certain criteria in order to be nominated, including a 3.0 GPA and a work ethics grade of at least two.
Nominees go through an initial interview process with an internal screening committee to narrow the field to four finalists. The finalists are then interviewed by a selection panel and the winner for the college is chosen.
Judges for the 2012 selection panel were Danny Carpenter of Elko; Dollie Horton of Fort Valley; Dr. William Moorehead of Fort Valley; and Therisa Patton of Hawkinsville.
At the State GOAL conference, April 25-27, Moore will find out if she has been chosen as a top three finalist for the Central Region. Three finalists will be announced from the North and South regions as well. As a finalist, she will be able to interview for the State GOAL award which grants her the chance to win a brand new Chevrolet vehicle, the state GOAL medallion, and the opportunity to serve as the student ambassador for Technical Education in Georgia.
Moore, along with all other college winners, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta in April where they will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and leadership activities. The GOAL conference is held in conjunction with the TCSG Leadership Summit and the Rick Perkins Award State Conference, which recognizes instructors of the year from each technical college. The state winner for both the GOAL award and the Rick Perkins award will be announced at the Awards Banquet Thursday evening, April 26.
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