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May 1, 2014

SWGTC’s Marshall finalist for state award

THOMASVILLE — Jade Marshall, a student in the Business Management Program at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC), was recently honored as one of nine finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2014 Student of the Year award. 

The award is part of the system’s annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program, which recognizes the top students from each of the state’s 24 technical colleges and the technical division at Bainbridge State College, which is part of the University System of Georgia.

Marshall was congratulated by TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson during a banquet for the system’s best students and instructors at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta on April 24.

“Jade is certainly one of our outstanding SWGTC students. Having been named one of the nine finalists for the GOAL Student of the Year statewide competition was a reconfirmation of what we knew here at Southwest Georgia Tech — that is, Jade is one of the most exceptional students in our Georgia technical college system. Jade is an excellent student in the classroom and has certainly demonstrated exemplary student leadership throughout her time here at SWGTC. She has accomplished much already in the classroom and in the work sector and I believe she will be even more successful in her future academic, career, and community endeavors.  We congratulate Jade and are certainly proud of her and all of her achievements,” said Dr. Craig Wentworth, SWGTC president.

Selection for the GOAL program starts with the selection of the top student at each college. A regional competition follows, where nine students are chosen as finalists to compete for the state GOAL award and earn the honor as Georgia’s technical college student of the year. 

In April, the nine finalists are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges from business, industry and higher education. At each step, the students are scored on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in their local communities, and future aspirations.

The winner of the TCSG Student of the Year award was Luke Teague, a student in the Funeral Service Education program at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro.

The competition for the award is intense because not only is that person named Georgia’s student ambassador for technical education, the winner also gets the keys to a brand-new, fully loaded Chevrolet, presented by Chevrolet and the local Chevrolet dealers, long-time sponsors of the GOAL program.

About the TCSG: The 24 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia offer affordable education and excellent training in more than 600 certificate, diploma and two-year associate degree programs. Students of all ages take advantage of low tuition, outstanding instructors, hands-on learning and state-of-the-art equipment to gain the skills needed for today’s in-demand jobs.

In 2013, the TCSG colleges delivered 2.4 million credit hours of instruction to more than 151,000 students. The TCSG is online, too, serving 72,000 students through the system’s Georgia Virtual Technical Connection.

TCSG students enjoy the benefits of Georgia’s HOPE grant and scholarship and the federal Pell grant which can pay for a significant portion of a TCSG education.

The TCSG Office of Adult Education delivered programs to 71,000 adult learners in 2013, including GED preparation and testing services that enabled almost 16,000 men and women to earn their GED credential.

The TCSG Quick Start program provided customized workforce training to almost 58,000 employees of new and expanding companies in Georgia.

For more information about the TCSG and links to the 24 TCSG colleges, go to

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

Summer Semester 2014 begins May 19.

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