NGTC Announces 2022 Top College Honors

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GOAL and RPA Winners Announced at Habersham Rotary 

Clarkesville, GA – Brian Carlucci of Blue Ridge, Ga., was named North Georgia Technical College’s 2022 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner at today’s Habersham Rotary meeting. Nominated by his instructor Dr. Martha Marquardt, Carlucci is a registered nursing student from the Blairsville campus. 

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), started in 1971 and continues to honor excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL candidates are nominated by an instructor and must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and demonstrate strong work ethics and leadership skills. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges. 

Students representing various programs across North Georgia Technical College’s campuses were nominated as candidates to represent NGTC in the state competition. The top four finalists selected for the 2022 GOAL award included Ashley Pankey, a registered nursing student from Blairsville, Ga., nominated by instructor Dr. Martha Marquardt; Jessica Garner, a practical nursing student from Gainesville, Ga., nominated by instructor Sharon McFarland; Courtney Holbrooks, a practical nursing student from Clayton, Ga., nominated by instructor Sharon McFarland; and Carlucci.  

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction was also presented at the Habersham Rotary meeting to advanced manufacturing program director and instructor Adam Fulbright. Fulbright has been employed with the college since 2018.  

The Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction honors technical education’s most outstanding instructors by recognizing instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. One instructor is chosen each year from the 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia.  

Fulbright provides instruction in the theory and practical applications of industrial wiring, motor controls, fluid power and mechanics, and computers used for industrial automation. He is an honor graduate of NGTC in Industrial Systems Technology and a dean’s scholar from Athens Technical College in Electrical Systems Technology.  

“It is a tremendous honor to recognize these students and faculty members for their hard work and perseverance,” said NGTC President John Wilkinson. “These students and faculty members have faced many challenges and triumphs along the way, yet they have continued to go the extra mile to compete for these prestigious awards. I commend each of them for their dedication to excellence and desire to represent our college and would like to congratulate them for this achievement. We know Brian and Adam will represent NGTC well at the region and state level competitions.”  

NGTC is grateful to the following organizations for sponsoring the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award for Excellence with monetary awards: NGTC Foundation, Habersham Rotary, Habersham County Chamber of Commerce, Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce, Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce and Habersham Medical Center.  

Both the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award winners will now advance to represent NGTC at the region competition, which will be held March 1, 2022.  

For more information regarding North Georgia Technical College programs or admission, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.  

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GOAL Finalists (l to r): Courtney Holbrooks, Jessica Garner, NGTC President John Wilkinson, Ashley Pankey and GOAL winner Brian Carlucci.
GOAL Finalists (l to r): Courtney Holbrooks, Jessica Garner, NGTC President John Wilkinson, Ashley Pankey and GOAL winner Brian Carlucci.
Picture (l to r): NGTC 2022 RPA winner Adam Fulbright, NGTC President John Wilkinson and NGTC 2022 GOAL winner Brian Carlucci.
Picture (l to r): NGTC 2022 RPA winner Adam Fulbright, NGTC President John Wilkinson, and NGTC 2022 GOAL winner Brian Carlucci.

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