STC announces finalists for GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership)

Winner to be announced Thursday, 11:45 AM

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College has chosen four outstanding students as finalists for the annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) and will announce the winner at a celebration luncheon Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:45 in the college’s Eckburg Auditorium.GOAL honors excellence in academics and leadership statewide among Georgia’s technical college students. Chosen as finalists are:

Jonathan Baker, Automotive Technology

Shreeta Brathwaite, Medical Assisting

Kathryn Hardigan, Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology

Maki Santos, Early Childhood Care and Education


At the luncheon, students will be joined by their families and their nominating instructors as well as 2011 GOAL judges. A panel of judges including College President Kathy Love and community members Mary Chatman of Memorial Health, Roger Moss of The Savannah Children’s Choir and Jeremy Summerell of The Coastal Bank selected the winning candidate. The winner will deliver his or her 3-minute speech about why s/he chose a technical education. “The purpose of the GOAL program is to highlight the many achievements of students at Georgia’s technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today’s workforce,” says Laurie Herrington, STC GOAL Coordinator for 2011.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and a dedicated parking space for the year and will represent Savannah Technical College at the regional competition to be held March 24 at Altamaha Technical College in Brunswick. All 26 college winners will gather in May in Atlanta for the selection of the 2011 GOAL student to represent the Technical College System of Georgia as a student ambassador.

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 (