Eric Capes, 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 November 29, 2016 and hosted by the Griffin Exchange Club.
After an extensive interview process, Capes was chosen from 26 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Capes was chosen over three other nominees by a judging panel from community leaders and College supporters from the local service area. He will now proceed to regional preliminary judging. Capes will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in late April where, for two-days, he 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 2017 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
Lamar County Department of Family Children Services Board Member Patsy Mann, 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. Mark Andrews, Executive Vice -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. Eric is a fine example of the excellent leadership of our student population and I know he 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.
Matthew Middleton, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Middleton 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 representative Miles Neville presented Eric with a monetary donation to assist with his expenses as he prepares for the state competition.
In his speech, Capes emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered him in his life. He stated that technical education has been his path toward dreams coming true for himself and his family and encouraged others to allow technical education to assist in fulfilling their dreams.
Capes’ nominating instructor, Christopher Booth stated, “I am so very proud of Eric. He is a wonderful ambassador for Southern Crescent Technical College and promotes technical education to everyone he meets. He relates well to all students at the College and will carry the spirit of the entire student body with him as he 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 Eric Capes, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement, character and leadership. They are: Mary Holmes – Culinary Arts, Jessica Johnson – Radiologic Technology, and David Wilson – Industrial Systems Technology.