Albany Tech announces GOAL finalists

From left are Rolanda Bailey, Ivey Norton, Kayla Robinson and Reginald Sweet.

From left are Rolanda Bailey, Ivey Norton, Kayla Robinson and Reginald Sweet.

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Technical College announced its four finalists Wednesday for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, which recognizes technical college students for academic excellence and personal achievement.

The final four are Rolanda Bailey (business logistics management), Ivey Norton (dental assisting), Kayla Robinson (computer information systems) and Reginald Sweet (early childhood care and education).

“It is truly an honor for our students just to be selected for the GOAL program,” said Charlene Duncan, an early childhood care and education instructor at Albany Tech and Sweet’s nominating instructor.

The group was chosen from 13 nominees during an interview panel held on Albany Tech’s campus Monday. Among those on the panel was Wendy Howell, the school’s director of public relations.

“Serving as a judge on the interview panel for Albany Tech’s GOAL process is very rewarding,” Howell said. “It really makes me proud that we have so many students who are more than worthy of this nomination and who have worked so hard to get to where they are in their lives and in their careers.”

Other Albany Tech nominees were Susie Clyde (masonry), Christopher Wright (business administrative technology), Quitia Malone (business logistics management), Tamala Arnett (dental assisting), Kimberly Lawson (drafting technology), Shirley Henry (marketing management), Rodney Thornton (accounting technology), Amanda Taylor (radiologic technology) and Priscilla Williams (marketing management).

“I am honored to have been nominated and excited that I have made it this far,” said Norton. “I look forward to the next step in the GOAL process and everything that will be experienced through it.”

The finalists will be interviewed by an Albany Area Chamber of Commerce panel before the end of this week, and one will be selected to compete at the state GOAL competition taking place April 23-27 in Atlanta.

The state winner is the official spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for 2012. The Albany Tech winner will also have an opportunity to compete in regional GOAL competition, which will be held for the Southwest Georgia consortium on Feb. 23 at Moultrie Technical College’s Tifton campus.

All 13 ATC nominees will also be honored at a banquet on Tuesday in the Kirkland Conference Center on campus. They will be presented with certificates.

The final winner will be announced at Tuesday’s ceremony as well. Last year, Patrick Jenkins, a 40-year-old father of five studying environmental horticulture, was chosen to represent the institution.

First launched in 1971, the GOAL program recognizes technical college students from across Georgia for their academic excellence and personal achievement. As the technical education spokesperson, the state’s GOAL winner makes many public appearances throughout the year, including addresses to the General Assembly, the state’s governor and at the technical college system’s student fall leadership conference.

Alvie Coes III, a funeral service education student at Ogeechee Technical College, was chosen as the state GOAL winner last year.