Savannah Tech’s GOAL Winner Advances to State Competition



David McLaughlin, Savannah Technical College’s recipient of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL), has been selected as one of 12 finalists to advance to the state-level competition.

The announcement was made via email by Commissioner Ron Jackson on April 15, 2009.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.

The competition begins when students are nominated by their instructors at each of the state’s 33 technical colleges and four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

Through two rounds of local judging, one GOAL winner is selected for each college.

The college GOAL winners then participate in a preliminary judging within their respective consortiums through which the top 12 are chosen.

On May 20-21, 2009, the 12 finalists will travel to Atlanta for the next leg of the competition at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

McLaughlin will be accompanied by his nominating instructor, Salvador Aranda.

A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview the GOAL finalists to determine the best ambassador for technical education and will select the state’s 2009 GOAL winner.

“I am honored to have made it to the top 12 and will continue to represent Savannah Tech to the best of my ability in Atlanta,” says McLaughlin. “Even though it is a competition, I look forward to meeting new people and the opportunity to share my experiences with them.”

McLaughlin has lived in Savannah for two years with his wife and daughter.

He is attending Savannah Technical College for Industrial Systems Technology where he is also the Student Council President and the Industrial Technology Club President.

After completing his program of study, he plans to pursue a career as a multicraft technician in industrial production.


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