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DeKalb Tech Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL Award

Clarkston -- Seven DeKalb Technical College students are selected as the college's semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL.

Chosen as semifinalists are:

* Henrick Drummond, Marketing Management - Nominating Faculty, Karen Howard * Michael J. Grace, Criminal Justice - Nominating Faculty, Valerie Brown * Cotina Howard, Automotive Technology - Nominating Faculty, Willie Harvey, Jr.

* Catherine Lesinski, Paralegal Studies - Nominating Faculty, Kye W. Haymore * Shawn Patrick Moore, Paralegal Studies - Nominating Faculty, Kye W.

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* Yolanda Parks, Building Automation Systems - Nominating Faculty, Brian Lovell * James C. Studaway, Networking Specialist - Nominating Faculty, Brenda E. Banks GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students, according to Amanda Taylor-Rodriguez, coordinator for DeKalb Tech's GOAL program. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 26 technical colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

All the college GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 26 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.

GOAL winners from each college will compete in regional judging in March and April. In May, all college winners will come to Atlanta where the nine semi-finalists, three finalists from each of the three regions, will be announced and compete at the state-level in May and one student will be named as the statewide GOAL winner.

"The purpose of the GOAL program 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 work force," said Taylor-Rodriguez.

According to Taylor-Rodriguez, a screening committee of administrators at DeKalb Tech selected the seven semi-finalists from a list of students nominated by their instructors.

"The next step is for a panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community to interview and evaluate these four students and select one to be the college's 2011 GOAL winner," said Taylor-Rodriguez.

"The one judged most outstanding will compete in northern regional judging. Three finalists from the northern region will compete in the state GOAL competition in Atlanta and vie to be named as the 2011 statewide GOAL winner."

The state GOAL winner becomes the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receives a grand prize of a new car provided by Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia's GOAL program.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, has eight centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. More information is available at www.dekalbtech.edu.