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Cynthia Simms is Chosen as Ogeechee Technical College's GOAL Winner

Dr. Dawn Cartee and Cindy Simms.
Dr. Dawn Cartee and Cindy Simms

Cynthia Simms, a Computer Information Systems student at Ogeechee Technical College from Jenkins County, has been named as the College’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

The announcement was made at the College’s GOAL recognition luncheon on February 23rd at Ogeechee Technical College.

Simms was chosen by a panel of local leaders over four other finalists for the award.  The runners-up were Leah Doyle - Accounting, Philip Eyrich - Commercial Construction Management, Mary Screws - Practical Nursing, and Charles Strickland - Radiology PACS Specialist.  

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students.  Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 27 technical colleges as well as the two Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. 

The announcement of Simms as the Ogeechee Technical College GOAL winner was made by Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of OTC.  “We are very proud of Cindy and her accomplishment in winning this year’s GOAL award,” stated Cartee. 

Simms will now proceed to regional preliminary judging.  If chosen as one of the nine finalists, three from each region, then Simms will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for two-days, she will compete with GOAL finalists from the other state technical colleges.  A panel of leaders from the business, industry, and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2010 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. 

The grand prize for the state GOAL winner also includes a brand new automobile. 

“I was honored when I was nominated, and now I am especially honored to have been selected as the College’s GOAL winner,” stated Simms.  Simms chose to attend Ogeechee Technical College to earn her diploma and increase career opportunities and advancement potential. Simms is the mother of eight children, works full-time at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, and is active in local 4-H projects.

Simms nominating instructor was Terry Hand, who complimented Simms on her motivation and determination to succeed.  “In my opinion she is the reason why the technical college system was established.  She is a mother working full-time in a profession for which she wants advanced training to help her acquire the skills necessary to advance her employment opportunities. The technical college system has offered her the flexibility and hands-on training she needs,” stated Hand.

Contact: Barry Turner
Executive Director for Public Relations
Phone: (912) 688-6958
Email: bturner@ogeecheetech.edu

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