STC honors Jennifer Case as the 2016 GOAL Student of the Year

Jenn Case 2016 GOAL

SAVANNAH – Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts student Jennifer Case has been selected as the 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for Savannah Technical College.

Case is a top-performing student in her program. “Jenn has shown great leadership skills within the Culinary Arts program,” said STC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Gearry Caudell. “Technical education is extremely important to Jennifer. She knows that if she attains a high level of technical and conceptual knowledge and pairs that with a strong work ethic, then she will be unstoppable in her chosen career path.”

GOAL honors outstanding students at each of the Technical College System of Georgia institutions. She will represent Savannah Tech at regional and statewide events to select a student to serve as the ambassador for technical education across the state. 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.

Case, expects to graduate this year with associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. She was named Student Chef of the Year in 2015 by the local American Culinary Federation (ACF) chapter. She was also a member of the STC Knowledge Bowl team that won first place in the Southeastern Regional competition and placed third in the U.S. at the 2015 ACF National Convention. She is a member of the Junior ACF chapter and the National Technical Honor Society. For the past two years, she has been selected to receive scholarships from Les Dames D’Escoffier, an organization that supports young women in the culinary and hospitality industry.

She will represent Savannah Tech at the regional competition in March before heading to the statewide competition in April in Atlanta, where the statewide GOAL winner will be selected.

About the Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah
Under the direction of the American Culinary Federation’s 2014 Chef Educator of the Year Jean Vendeville, Savannah Technical College offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts along with Baking and Pastry. The Culinary Institute of Savannah has earned distinction as one of the top four culinary programs in the country according to the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Vendeville has assembled a top-notch team of faculty, who has each earned national ACF certification under his leadership. For more information about STC Culinary Arts


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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 (