The winner, announced at the January 24 meeting of the Rotary Club of Habersham, is Dustin Bucher. He is a student in Turf and Golf Course Management nominated by Josh Jackson. Jackson said Bucher is an optimistic team player who is very thorough in all of his work.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, was actually started at North Georgia Technical College in the early 1970’s. It is a program that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges.
GOAL candidates are nominated by an instructor and must carry at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average and demonstrate strong work ethics and leadership skills.
From across all three of North Georgia Technical College’s campuses, 36 students representing 22 programs were nominated as GOAL candidates.
Through a series of competitive interviews and speeches conducted by NGTC faculty and staff, a list of the top twelve was narrowed down to four who were selected for advanced competition. These four engaged in yet one more round of interviews, this time with representatives from the professional community including Chamber of Commerce representatives. They then each took a turn at the podium before the Rotary Club of Habersham, delivering their prepared speeches.
As the local winner, Bucher will now advance to represent North Georgia Tech at the region level which will be held February 26 at Lanier Technical College.
North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton said that it is such a pleasure to hear the stories of these students, adding they are doing a remarkable job to represent North Georgia Technical College and their fellow classmates who have chosen to pursue their education at a technical college.