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OFTC Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards
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OFTC Names Semi-Finalists for GOAL and Rick Perkins Awards

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) recently selected its semi-finalists for two distinguished, statewide awards programs. While the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) recognizes the success of technical students, the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors the college’s most outstanding instructors.

The following OFTC students were chosen for their academic excellence and leadership as GOAL semi-finalists:

• Brianna Carey, Respiratory Care (Telfair County)

• Karonda Hall, Respiratory Care (Laurens County)

• Olive Rehberg, Medical Assisting (Laurens County)

• Abbie Smith, Radiologic Technology (Bleckley County)

“The GOAL program shines the light on the achievements of students in Georgia's technical colleges. It also underscores the important role technical education plays in preparing students for today’s global workforce,” said Janet Smith, coordinator for the GOAL program. “Our finalists were nominated by their instructors because each student has worked hard to acquire the training and skills needed to ensure a bright future.”

A panel of business, civic and industry leaders from the community will select one of them as the college GOAL winner. The winner will be announced in February and then compete in the central regional judging. From there, three finalists from the central region will move on to participate in the state competition for a chance to serve as the student ambassador for the Technical College System of Georgia and receive a grand prize of a new car
 sponsored by Chevrolet.

For their leadership in the classroom, the following instructors were selected for the Rick Perkins Award semifinals:

• Denise Brinson, Allied Health Services - Radiologic Technology (South Campus)

• DeAnne Lindsey, Allied Health Services - Nurse Aide/Healthcare Assisting (North Campus)

• Lee Radney, T and I/Transportation - Electronics (South Campus)

• Leslie Thigpen, Allied Health Services - Practical Nursing (North Campus)

Nominated by OFTC, these four educators exemplify excellence and a commitment to the mission of the Technical College System of Georgia.

“The Rick Perkins award is designed to recognize technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields,” said Susan Garrett Hammock, OFTC coordinator of the Rick Perkins Award program.

Similar to the GOAL award process, Perkins semifinalists go through three phases including local, regional and state. The state winner will carry the title of Technical College System of Georgia Instructor of the Year and receive a $1,000 grand prize.

Both programs demonstrate not only the impact of technical education across the state, but the high quality experience OFTC provides. For more information, visit www.oftc.edu.

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