Albany Tech student wins state GOAL award

AAmir Greene, representing Albany Tech, won the state GOAL Award this week. (April 26, 2013)

AAmir Greene, representing Albany Tech, won the state GOAL Award this week. (April 26, 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. -- AAmir Greene, a telecommunications technology student from Albany Technical College, has been named as the Technical College System of Georgia's 2013 Student of the Year, officials with institution have announced.

The award was presented during a banquet honoring the system's top students and instructors at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta on Thursday.

Greene competed for the top student honor as part of the system's annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which recognizes the best students at each of the state's 25 technical colleges and a Board of Regents college with a technical division, officials say.

A native of Miami, Greene enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1990. In 2009, he was facing his third and final tour in Iraq. When he returned to the United States, he began to prepare to get back into civilian life as he retired in the Albany area.

In 2012, Greene started his education at Albany Tech in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program. He also serves as president of the Albany Tech Student Government Association and is part of the college's Achieving the Dream Core Team to help identify and overcome student educational barriers, officials at the school say.

"Technical education allows me to streamline from where I am to my ultimate objective quicker with the hands-on experience and training," Greene said. "Technical education is very affordable and prepares me for an education that is most relevant to the telecommunications industry."

As the 2013 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner, Greene will serve as TCSG's student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year. He will also have a chance to speak before the General Assembly and receive a personal commendation from Gov. Nathan Deal, Albany Tech officials say.

"During the past year, more than 170,000 students enrolled in the 25 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia," TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson said. "To be selected as the best of the best students in our system is an outstanding honor for AAmir. He earned this award not just through hard work and dedication to his studies, but also because he's a respected campus leader and a role model in his community. I congratulate him on this exceptional achievement."

Greene's instructor, Kaven Williams, nominated him for the award. Both were introduced to the banquet audience that included TCSG leadership, college presidents and their staff, as well as other dignitaries.