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Local students just miss STC's GOAL designation
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SAVANNAH — David McLaughlin, an industrial systems technology student at Savannah Technical College, has been selected as the winner of the College’s 2009 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.
The announcement was made after the college’s final round of local judging last month at the Crossroads campus.   
McLaughlin was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The other three nominees were Joshua John Trinidad, Liberty campus, practical nursing; Sabrina Francisco, Savannah campus, management and supervisory development; and Tina Rigdon, Liberty campus, marketing and accounting dual major.
For winning at the local level, the GOAL winner receives a $1,000 scholarship from Savannah Tech. Additionally, he will represent the school for a year at peaking engagements and promotions.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, 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 at the four Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.  
McLaughlin will proceed to consortia preliminary judging to be held at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro on March 24. If selected as one of the 12 finalists, two from each consortium, McLaughlin will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta for state-level judging in May.    
“Technical education, through affordability and flexible scheduling, has provided me with the opportunity to further my education and my career,” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin, a native of Oceanside, Calif., has lived in Savannah for two years. After completing his program in industrial systems technology, he will pursue a career as a multi-craft technician in industrial production. 
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