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GOAL winner at Albany Tech chosen

Kristen Lord will represent Albany Tech in state competition

Kristen Lord is Albany Technical college’s GOAL recipient. (Special photo)

Kristen Lord is Albany Technical college’s GOAL recipient. (Special photo)

ALBANY — Kristen Lord, a Medical Assisting associate degree students at Albany Technical college, hyas been named the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for local school.

Lord’s selection was announced during the Albany Rotary Club luncheon Thursday by Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President, Chris Hardy.

During a banquet held in December, 10 nominees for GOAL were presented including Brittany Battles (Cosmetology); Kanava Carter (Early Childhood Care and Education); Kayla Lashley (Dental Assisting); Lord (Medical Assisting); Kayla McMillan (Cosmetology); Mark Peavey (Electronics Technology); Frances Peterson (Medical Assisting); Napolean Preston (Design Media Production Technology); Haley Roberts (Nursing): and Sherrita Wimberly (Accounting).

The final four GOAL nominees that were interviewed by a panel comprised by the Albany Chamber of Commerce earlier this week included: Kanava Carter (Early Childhood Care and Education); Kristen Lord (Medical Assisting); Mark Peavey (Electronics Technology); and Haley Roberts (Nursing).

Lord will have an opportunity to compete at the Regional Competition for GOAL, which will be held for the Southwest Georgia consortium on March 10 at Moultrie Tech’s Tifton campus. Then, she will move on to compete at the State GOAL competition to be held April 21-25 in Atlanta. The state winner is the official spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for 2014.

“Technical education provides a career-focused curriculum that leads to immediate career opportunities and hurried success in my field,” said Lord. “The specialized skills taught are applicable to the real world skills being exercised by those already working in their field.”

Lord’s career objectives are to attain a rewarding position with a physician or hospital serving as a Medical Assistant and Certified Surgical Technologist with a concentrated study in Cardiology or Obstetrics. She was nominated to participate in the GOAL program by her instructor, Cathy Garmon, who is also the chairperson of the Medical Assisting program at Albany Tech.

Albany Tech’s 2013 GOAL winner, AAmir Greene, won the state competition and served as spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for the entire year.