Date Posted: March 19, 2021
Elena Cohn, an Industrial Systems Technology student at Southern Crescent Technical College, was named local winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program at a luncheon held March 18, 2021.
After an extensive interview process, Cohn was chosen from 20 candidates as Southern Crescent Technical College’s nominee for the title of state GOAL winner. Cohn 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. Following regional judging, Cohn 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 2021 GOAL winner and the recipient of the coveted GOAL medallion.
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. Elena 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.
Raak Patel, President of the Griffin Exchange Club, presented the winner and final four with a monetary gift for their achievement. Patel remarked, “It has been a pleasure for the Griffin Exchange Club to sponsor 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 local community.”
In her speech, Cohn emphasized the importance of technical education and the opportunities it has offered her and how it has improved her outlook on her future. 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.
Cohn’s nominating instructor, Johnny Dodson stated, “I am so very proud of Elena. 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, three other students were recognized at the luncheon for their outstanding achievement in the GOAL competition as well as their character and leadership abilities as members of the GOAL Final Four. These nominees are: Beulah Floyd – Automotive Technology student, nominated by Wade Finch; William Hendon – Business Management student, nominated by Karla Weaver; and Marinda Wilson – Culinary Arts student, nominated by Carolyn Fludd.