Savannah Tech honors Skylar Huggett as 2017 GOAL Student of the Year

Skylar Huggett 2017 GOAL

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Welding and Joining student Skylar Huggett has been selected as the 2017 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Savannah Technical College.

Huggett is a top-performing student in her program. “Skylar works above and beyond to complete required course assignments, while working a full-time job as a server most nights and weekends,” said STC Welding and Joining Department Head William Burns. “Skylar shows an aptitude for mastering welding techniques on the first try. She works well with others and demonstrates excellent communication skills to accomplish group projects and achieve goals in a timely manner. She has demonstrated professionalism, accepted constructive criticism, and exhibited excellent work ethics.”

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.

Huggett has an associate of science degree from Georgia Highlands College. She has been on the dean’s list with a 4.0 since she started at Savannah Technical College in 2015. She is the president of STC’s student chapter of the American Welding Society and has been selected to represent STC at the Skills USA Welding Sculpture competition.

A career with unlimited potential, Welding and Joining is the backbone of manufacturing and leads the way during economic recovery. The Georgia Department of Labor notes welding and joining careers will increase by 15% or more over the next decade. The need for new welders hasn’t gone unnoticed by local employers. With proactive industry partners like JCB and Mitsubishi, STC has developed multiple internship tracks for new and current students.

Advisory Board Members for the Welding and Joining department such as Pipe Fitters Union (Local 188), Iron Workers Union (Local 709), CST Coverings (formally Temcor), Savannah Tank, LMI Aerospace, and CSX – also work closely with instructors for new and updated course offerings, shaping the program to fit the needs and expectations of local businesses.

Savannah Tech offers a diploma in welding and joining along with technical certificates of credit in a variety of techniques for welding. Welding and Joining Technology is offered at the Savannah campus, along with welding labs in Hinesville and Rincon, Ga. For more information about Welding and Joining, contact STC Industrial Technology Advisor Secene Dorsey at 912.443.5859 or


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Industrial Technology Academic Advisor: Secene Dorsey
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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 Professional Services, 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 associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (