OFTC Announces GOAL Winner


OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan (left) congratulates GOAL Winner Michelle Simpson (center) alongside GOAL Coordinator Janet Smith (right). 

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) named Michelle Simpson its 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner. Simpson is currently a student in the Accounting program and was nominated by her instructor Mona McLendon.

A 1991 graduate of West Laurens High School, Simpson previously worked in the banking and insurance industries, in addition to being a wife and mother.  She anticipates completing her Accounting diploma in 2016. Both her husband and son are OFTC graduates, so she understands firsthand the value of a technical education.

Simpson will now move on to compete at the regional level on March 10.

Georgia’s unique GOAL program was launched during the 1971-1972 academic year and was the first of its kind in the nation. The competition begins during fall semester when instructors at Georgia’s 22 public technical colleges identify their most promising students, based on academic achievement and personal leadership, by nominating them for the GOAL program.

After each college selects its institution’s winner, competition among students moves to the preliminary regional level, at which nine finalists are selected to move on to compete at the state level in Atlanta. Following a rigorous judging process, the state winner will be selected during the annual GOAL Week, typically recognized by a proclamation by Gov. Deal and a two-day event in Atlanta that culminates with the announcement of the statewide GOAL winner, TCSG’s “Student of the Year.”

Georgia’s 2016 Technical College “Student of the Year” will drive away in a new Kia, thanks to a partnership between Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation.