Holtzclaw is OFTC's 2014 GOAL Winner | Schools
Miriam Holtzclaw, an Accounting student at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC), has been named as the local college winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for 2014.
Dr. Lloyd Horadan, OFTC’s President, made the announcement at the Dublin Rotary Club meeting held on February 7, 2014 at the Dublin Country Club.
Holtzclaw, a resident of Washington County, was chosen over three other nominees for the award by a panel of judges comprised of Rotary Club members from both Dublin and Sandersville. The runners-up were Cecilia Adamson, Robert Bauer, and Stevie Dominy.
Rotarians who served on the judges' panel were Bill Ballard, Mechelle Culpepper and Phil Patel from the Dublin Rotary Club and Benjie Tarbutton and John Harden from the Sandersville Rotary Club.
After hearing all of the nominees’ speeches, the selection committee selected Miriam Holtzclaw as this year’s winner.
Contestants are judged on leadership and academic criteria. Judges and college officials cited Holtzclaw’s presentation, knowledge of technical education, and communication skills in naming her the OFTC GOAL winner.
“I needed a career change,” said Holtzclaw of her choice to attend OFTC after years as a truck driver and then stay-at-home mom. “My husband and I were both truck drivers. With a family at home, trucking was no longer an option for me, but I knew I would need to return to work. I chose OFTC because it was affordable, flexible, and close to home. It would also give me the hands-on training I would need to be successful.”
Holtzclaw will now compete with students from Georgia’s other technical colleges (and two University System of Georgia contestants) in a regional level of the GOAL competition. All regional winners will then compete for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) state GOAL title, which will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Ceremony on April 24th in Atlanta.
The TCSG state GOAL winner will serve as the statewide representative and ambassador of technical education in Georgia for 2014. A new car will also be awarded to the state GOAL winner, who will make appearances throughout the year promoting technical education.