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Lanier Technical College names semi-finalists for GOAL award
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Lanier Technical Colleges Caitlin OHara, from left, Karen Ballew, James Caleb Hammond and Tonya Sheets were named as semi-finalists for the GOAL Award. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Four Lanier Technical College students have been selected as the college's semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL award, according to Kari Register, coordinator for the Lanier Technical College's GOAL program.

Chosen as semifinalists are: Karen Ballew, Healthcare Science, from Barrow County; James "Caleb" Hammond, Welding and Joining Technology, from Barrow County; Caitlin O'Hara, Horticulture, from Forsyth County; and Tonya Sheets, Cosmetology Technology, from Dawson County.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state's technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 23 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with technical education division.

All the college's GOAL winners will compete in regional judging, which will include students from the other 23 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia, as well as the one Board of Regents College with technical education divisions. Those will then go on to regiona juding in March and then region finals in April.

"The purpose of the GOAL program is to spotlight the outstanding achievement by students in Georgia's technical colleges and to emphasize the importance of technical education in today's global workforce," said Register.