Saturday, March 29, 2008

Peachtree City’s Jessica Vickson Chosen as Clayton State 2008 GOAL Winner

Photo: Dr. Laveda Pullens, Clayton State 2008 GOAL winner Jessica Vickson, Clayton County Rotary’s Shegale Crute.

Jessica Vickson (Peachtree City), a student in Office Administration in the College of Professional Studies, has been named as Clayton State University’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for 2008.

The announcement was made at the GOAL recognition meeting on Mar. 12 at Clayton County’s Rotary Club Luncheon.

Vickson was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were: Arwen Mullikin (first runner up), Office Administration; Andrita Brown, Marketing and Merchandising; and Karen Render, Office Administration.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 33 technical colleges as well as the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions. While Clayton State University is not a technical college, various programs in the University’s College of Professional Studies receive funding from DTAE, allowing the opportunity for Clayton State students to participate in the GOAL competition each year.

The announcement of Vickson as Clayton State’s GOAL winner was made by Dr. Laveda Pullens, the University’s GOAL Coordinator.

Vickson will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta in May where, for three days, she will compete with GOAL winners from the other state technical college campuses. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the state’s 2008 GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize for the state GOAL winner also includes a new car, courtesy of Chevrolet, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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