ATLANTA (March 29, 2020) – Atlanta Technical College (ATC) is proud to announce the finalists and winners for the 2020 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, the 2020 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction, and the 2020 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education Award (EAGLE). Amongst the students at Atlanta Technical College, these award winners were chosen to advance to a state-wide competition to determine the winners within the State of Georgia.
“Atlanta Technical College is very proud of all of our students and faculty, but especially those who were named as finalists for these amazing awards,” said Dr. Seals. “Atlanta Technical College has a precedence for winning awards of this caliber, and we know that we will continue to provide the resources our community needs to excel. These awards are presented to students and faculty members who go above and beyond what is expected of them, and the finalists and award winners are those who have started strong, stayed strong, and now they’re finishing strong.”
The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership is awarded to the GOAL Student of the Year. This 2020 academic year marks the 49th year of the GOAL Competition. So far, Atlanta Technical College has claimed seven GOAL winners representing the State of Georgia. Our finalists for the 2020 GOAL Award are Cheryl Estes, Sarah Ogunsola, and Foster Lester, and Dwayne Jarrett is the 2020 GOAL Student of the Year.
The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors. The award has been an ongoing state-wide recognition. On our campus, the instructors are nominated by division and selected by a college-wide survey to participate. Our finalists for the 2020 Rick Perkins Award are Amanda Daniels and Roderick Jackson, and Robert Leach is the 2020 Rick Perkins Award winner.
The Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education award recognizes and honors students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in statewide adult education classes. The EAGLE program’s goal is to foster involvement in lifelong learning pursuits. This year, EAGLE will be celebrating its 27th year of recognizing outstanding Adult Education students across the state. Our 2020 EAGLE Award winner is Maya Smith, who finished amongst the top eight finalists within the state of Georgia.
In addition to all of our award winners, Atlanta Technical College art student Taylor Thompson won the design contest for the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Winners book. Her artwork will be featured in the celebration of outstanding students and instructors in the Technical College System of Georgia.
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Atlanta Technical College is a vibrant part of the Technical College System of Georgia and was named its College of the Year in 2012. Prior to that, the college was selected as America’s Best Community College by Washington Monthly magazine. Most recently, Atlanta Technical College has been ranked one of the best in the nation for online courses and programs. In 2017, Atlanta Technical College celebrated 50 years of serving the City of Atlanta along with Fulton and Clayton Counties. For more information on Atlanta Technical College and its 150 programs, visit www.atlantatech.edu.