James Isham Named SWGTC’s 2012 GOAL Winner
James Isham, a student in the Associate of Science Nursing Program at Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC), has been named SWGTC’s Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner for 2012. Isham was announced as the winner out of 6 finalists at the February 3rd Thomasville Kiwanis Club meeting.
“We are pleased and proud to announce that James Isham, one of our outstanding Nursing students, has won this year’s SWGTC local GOAL competition. James competed against five other finalists to win the opportunity to move on to the GOAL regional competition. All six of our local finalists are excellent students who not only excel academically, but also exhibit outstanding leadership skills. James has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication here as a student as I know he drives about two hours each way to attend classes and clinicals and yet still maintains remarkable attendance here. James’ work ethic, professionalism, personality, and ability to convey the importance of technical education will serve him well in the upcoming regional competition and I believe will give him a good chance of progressing on to the state GOAL competition. We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming competitions,” stated SWGTC President Dr. Craig Wentworth.
Isham, a native of Rochelle, Georgia, is set to graduate from the Associate of Science Nursing Program in December 2012. After he graduates he wants to pursue a nursing career and then relocate to a third-world country, where he can practice nursing without the aid of the advanced medical technology we have here in the United States. He believes working in these conditions will give him a more well-rounded knowledge of nursing and healthcare in general.
Upon being named SWGTC’s GOAL Winner, Isham said, “I am truly honored by this prestigious award. I sincerely hope that I will continue to advance in the process and represent SWGTC at the State Level, proving that technical education is vital to Georgia's commitment to educational excellence.”
GOAL, which was established in 1971 by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), is an award that focuses on student excellence in technical education through their academic excellence and personal achievement. According to Ellen Terrell, SWGTC GOAL Coordinator, teachers select students based on their leadership skills, academic accomplishments, career goals and personal goals.
Terry Harper, Isham’s nominating instructor, explained her reasons for nominating him for GOAL, “James is one of those students that you wished you had a room full of. He is always present for class and never late. Mr. Isham is a leader among his classmates and has excellent work ethics. He always has words of encouragement for his classmates. Additionally, James has excellent nursing skills and great bedside manners. His clients and their families just rave about his loving care and compassion.”
The nominees made presentations to a Selection Committee last week and were evaluated on their leadership abilities, academic achievement, knowledge of technical education, and educational and career goals. Selection committee members for 2012 were Bill Raney, Greer Cox, Dr. Kathy Keown, Jim Maxheimer and Allen Corbin, who also chaired the Committee. After hearing all of the nominees the Selection Committee chose James Isham as this year’s winner.
Isham will represent the College at the regional competition to be hosted at Moultrie Technical College (Tifton Campus) on February 23rd. All regional winners will compete for the TCSG GOAL Winner title, which will be announced at the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award Ceremony on April 26th in Atlanta, Georgia. This TCSG GOAL Winner will serve as the state-wide representative and ambassador of technical education in Georgia for 2012. A new car will also be awarded to the state GOAL winner, who will make appearances throughout the year promoting technical education.
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 Criminal Justice Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto www.southwestgatech.edu.
Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.