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Kimberly Caesar selected as Savannah Tech’s 2018 GOAL Student of the Year

Kimberly Caesar dressed in LPN student uniform leans on a chair at a nurses station.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Practical Nursing student Kimberly Caesar has been selected as the 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Savannah Technical College.

Caesar is a top-performing student in her program. “Kimberly has a blend of compassion and knowledge in the clinical setting that makes her the best possible candidate to represent Savannah Technical College,” said STC Practical Nursing Instructor Queenesta Baker, RN, MSN, CRNI. “Her overall distinctive peer interaction, classroom and clinical performance set her apart from the rest. She represents what I see as the potential employee businesses expect from Savannah Technical College.”

GOAL honors outstanding students at each of the Technical College System of Georgia institutions. She will represent Savannah Tech at the statewide competition in April in Atlanta, where the statewide GOAL winner will be selected. The highly competitive process involves academic success, community engagement and public speaking. Winners are nominated by their instructors and selected after interviews with a panel of business and community leaders.

Caesar earned Health Care Nurse Aid Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) and Patient Care Technician TCC from Savannah Technical College in July 2017. Her anticipated completion date for the diploma of licensed practical nursing is December 2018. In addition to working as a patient care technical at Memorial Health Medical University, Caesar volunteers at a local animal rescue shelter to raise funds to spay/neuter stray animals and is a foster home. Before training at Savannah Technical College, Caesar worked as a bartender and retail sales associate.

“I chose technical education because I knew I needed to change my life,” Caesar said. “I liked the intimate class size, flexible class schedule and affordable tuition at Savannah Technical College and knew it was the answer for me. Technical education was my first choice to learn the skills I need to move into a career after graduation.”

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs), under the direction of physicians and registered nurses, care for people who are sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled. Program graduates receive a practical nursing diploma and have the qualifications of an entry-level practical nurse. Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare services. Savannah Technical College offers the competitive-admission LPN program at the Savannah and Liberty campuses. For more information about Practical Nursing, contact STC Health Sciences Advisor Cincy Cole at 912.443.5721 or ccole@savannahtech.edu.

Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry. 

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree, diplomas, and technical certificates of credit. Contact SACSCOC for questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College. All questions about admission, enrollment, job placement, and related matters should be directed to an appropriate office at Savannah Technical College. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4500.

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#1816 | February 14, 2018

Health Sciences Academic Advisor: Cindy Cole
912.443.5721 or ccole@savannahtech.edu

Media Contact: Amy Shaffer, APR
912.443.5512 or ashaffer@savannahtech.edu