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Two Clayton residents nominated for Southern Crescent Tech GOAL award

Clayton County residents Tiesha Humphrey and Robert McSwain, not pictured, were named GOAL nominees at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin. (Special Photo)

Clayton County residents Tiesha Humphrey and Robert McSwain, not pictured, were named GOAL nominees at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin. (Special Photo)

GRIFFIN — Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced the nomination of 44 students for the 2014 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.

The announcement came during an Oct. 31 reception. The annual GOAL program recognizes students who possess excellence in leadership and ability. Nominees were chosen for recognition by their instructors.

The nominees from Clayton County include Tiesha Humphrey, who is studying health care science and surgical technology, and Robert McSwain, who is studying air conditioning technology.

GOAL Coordinator Dr. Jasper Foust said the local GOAL winner will speak on behalf of Southern Crescent Tech to promote technical education throughout the community and state.

“The purpose of the GOAL program,” said Foust, “is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia’s technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s global workforce.”

A screening committee at Southern Crescent Tech will review each of the instructors’ nominations then conduct personal interviews with the students. Finalists will then be chosen to compete to be the Southern Crescent Tech GOAL winner for 2014.

Officials said the finalists also will take part in another round of interviews and evaluations by representatives from local business and industry. That panel will consider the students’ qualities including academic achievement, personal character, leadership abilities and enthusiasm for technical education.

The student judged most outstanding will be designated as the college’s GOAL winner and move on to the regional preliminary judging, added officials. Then three from each region, which will make up the nine finalists, will attend competition for the state GOAL award and selection as the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 student of the year and ambassador for the entire technical college system.