Stephanie Hatmaker, a Radiologic Technology student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held January 27, 2015 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.
After an extensive interview process, Hatmaker was chosen from 30 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Hatmaker was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from community leaders and College supporters from the local service area. She will now proceed to regional preliminary judging. Hatmaker will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in late April where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2015 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
Jack Smith, representing the final selection committee stated, “With four excellent candidates, choosing a winner was very difficult. We were all proud to assist in this process and to have the opportunity to select the school winner to represent Southern Crescent Technical College and this community.”
Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the importance of technical education in today’s world and to recognize outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges. Stephanie is a fine example of the excellent leadership of our student population and I know she will go on to represent Southern Crescent Technical College well.”
To be considered for the GOAL title, a student must be nominated by their instructor. All candidates were judged on a speech and interview on the value of technical education and the winner was chosen based on grades, character, attitude, leadership, attendance, personal goals, and enthusiasm.
Jonathan Kimbell, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Kimbell remarked, “It has been a pleasure for the Griffin Exchange Club to host the local GOAL program for the past 40+ years and it gives us great pride to see the impact that Southern Crescent Technical College and these students make on our community.”
Miles Neville, Chair of the Griffin Area Employer Committee, presented Stephanie with a monetary donation to assist with her expenses as she prepares for the state competition. In additional Catherine Doyle from DeVry University, presented Stephanie with a $26,500 scholarship to complete her Bachelor’s Degree.
In her speech, Hatmaker emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered her in her life. She stated that technical education has been her path toward dreams coming true for herself and her family and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.
Hatmaker’s nominating instructor, Debbie Dawson stated, “I am so very proud of Stephanie. She is a wonderful ambassador for Southern Crescent Technical College and promotes technical education to everyone she meets. She relates well to all students at the College and will carry the spirit of the entire student body with her as she competes at the state level.”
The GOAL program is sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and is the first statewide program in the nation that recognizes and rewards excellence among students enrolled in the technical colleges.
In addition to Stephanie Hatmaker, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership. They are: Avia Baxter-Spencer – Medical Assisting; Teressa King – Medical Assisting; and Tahesha Silva – Business Management.
Christopher Harrell, Commercial Truck Driving Program Coordinator and Instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College, recently received the 2015 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Education. The Rick Perkins Award is the equivalent to being named Teacher of the Year at Southern Crescent Technical College.
Harrell stated that he “was extremely honored to be named the Rick Perkins winner, although he shares this honor with all of the dedicated instructors at the College.”
Harrell was nominated for the Rick Perkins Award by his fellow instructors at Southern Crescent Technical College. Dr. Randall Peters, President of Southern Crescent Technical College, stated, “Chris Harrell has been recognized as Southern Crescent Technical College’s Rick Perkins winner because of his conscientiousness and genuine commitment as an instructor. I have witnessed his dedication to student learning, high professional standards, and cooperative spirit. His teaching methods and techniques are innovative and he encourages his students to achieve at their highest level. Chris is an excellent representation of the quality faculty and staff at Southern Crescent Technical College.”
Harrell and other nominees were judged by a group of outside individuals. After winning the school title, Harrell will represent Southern Crescent Technical College as an ambassador for technical education and will compete on the consortium and state level. The state Rick Perkins winner will be announced in April.