Albany Tech Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership 2018 Winner Announced at Albany Rotary

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Friday, January 19th, 2018

At Albany Rotary’s weekly meeting, a panel formed by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, named Albany Tech’s 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner. Julianna Matthews, Carpentry student at Albany Tech, will represent Albany Technical College for 2018 as the GOAL Student of the Year.

Albany Tech’s nominees for GOAL included: Robert Clements (Business Logistics Management); Johnnie Hunter (Business Technology); Jennifer John (Dental Assisting); Alexis Lopes (Law Enforcement Technology); Julianna Matthews (Carpentry); Randi Palmer (Law Enforcement Technology); Marie Perez (Nursing); Tangelia Smith (Accounting); Ty Summers (Professional Firefighter); and Ashanti Terry (Computer Information Systems).

The final four GOAL nominees included: Johnnie Hunter (Business Technology); Julianna Matthews (Carpentry); Ty Summers (Professional Firefighter); and Ashanti Terry (Computer Information Systems).

Julianna Matthews, a second semester student in the Masonry program at ATC, was nominated by her instructor Willie Jones, chair of the Carpentry program. Jones nominated Matthews because she displayed such a great work ethic and self-responsibility, as well as having a great attitude, communication skills, and leadership abilities.

“Ms. Matthews is very ambitious and possesses the will to research different aspects of carpentry and the construction industry to gain knowledge in the preparation of her endeavors,” said Jones. “She is a strong leader, as well as a good follower and applies herself to earn the highest scores possible in all her classes.”

Matthews said that being nominated for the GOAL award has opened up the door to much self-discovery as she has had to reflect on her life’s journey, some of which has been somewhat painful, but it’s taken her back to her first love as a child of wanting to build things.

“My experience throughout the GOAL process so far has been that of self-realization and self-discovery,” said Matthews. “It has caused me to grow as a person and to identify, not only why I chose technical education, but what exactly I will do with this opportunity and that is to build and revitalize my community.”

“It’s like God kept reeling me back to this field and kept reminding me that you can do anything you set your mind to do,” said Matthews.

Not knowing what to expect from technical education, Matthews said that when she first stepped foot into the Carlton Construction Academy at Albany Tech, she was where she needed to be. “I was so excited and couldn’t believe the possibilities of technical education until I experienced it for myself,” she said.

Matthews also said that it’s really not about what we buy or sell, it’s what we accomplish in this life and the legacy we leave through the lives of others and she feels the GOAL opportunity has positioned her to make that impact.

The regional competition for the Technical College System of Georgia Southern Region, which includes Albany Technical College, Coastal Pines Technical College, Oconee Fall Line Technical College, Ogeechee Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Southern Regional Technical College, and Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, will be held later in February at the Tifton Campus of Southern Regional Tech.

The TCSG State competition will be held in mid-April in Atlanta. Each GOAL winner from all 22 technical colleges in Georgia will be represented at the state competition. The state winner becomes the spokesperson for technical education in Georgia for the entire year and is awarded a car from Kia Motors.