Kimberly Fritz Walker, a Medical Assisting student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held November 19, 2019 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.
After an extensive interview process, Walker was chosen from 26 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Walker 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. Walker 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 colleges. A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2020 GOAL winner and the recipient of the coveted GOAL medallion.
Rita Johnson, local State Farm Insurance agent and Spalding County Commissioner represented the final selection committee at the luncheon and 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. Alvetta Thomas, 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. Kimberly 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 in the next rounds of competition.”
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.
Dan McLean, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Dunson 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.”
During the luncheon, the Griffin Area Employer Committee Chair Dr. Lea Folds presented Walker with a monetary donation to assist with her expenses as she prepares for the state competition.
In her speech, Browning 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 in her life and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.
Walker’s nominating instructor, Sandra Fender stated, “I am so very proud of Kimberly. 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 next levels.”
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.
During the luncheon, Southern Crescent Technical College’s outstanding instructor and adult education student were also named. Pharmacy Technology Instructor Rasheeda McNeal was presented the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and William Hendon was named the Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE). In addition to Walker, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement in the GOAL competition as well as their character and leadership abilities. They are Shane Digby – Industrial Systems Technology, Jonathan Lee - Nursing, and Bailey Smith – Medical Assisting.