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CPTC "Best of the Best" Recognized at TCSG Leadership Summit

April 23, 2015 04:53 PM

Jaki Johnson poses with Chase Kelly holding their awards up and smilingJaki Johnson, the Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) 2015 Rick Perkins winner, and Chase Kelly, the CPTC 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, were recognized and celebrated at the 2015 Leadership Summit, hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Each spring the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) brings together the TCSG colleges for a time of leadership opportunities and recognition. Leaders from business and industry, higher education and other state agencies provide updates on topics such as workforce development, educational partnerships, strategic initiatives and legislative action. The 2015 event was held April 21-23 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. Newly appointed TCSG Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin, opened the 2015 Leadership Summit with an update on the Technical College System of Georgia. Numerous speakers followed.

The Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the 2015 GOAL and Rick Perkins (Instructor of the Year) Award competitions and awards ceremony. During the awards ceremony, Commissioner Corbin announced and recognized the system’s top students and instructors for their accomplishments. Among those honored were Benjamin “Chase” Kelly, the CPTC 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, and Jaki Johnson, the CPTC 2015 Rick Perkins “Instructor of the Year” winner.

Chase, a railroad systems management technology student, plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in logistics management. His ultimate goal is the attainment of a CSX or GE managerial position.

“Technical education has given me the ability to pursue a great career without having to place life on hold. Currently, I have the opportunity to have a full-time job while getting a great, affordable education. Without the flexibility of the Technical College System of Georgia, I would not have been afforded the opportunities that I am receiving,” said Kelly.

GOAL is more than an awards banquet; it is a who’s who event where Georgia’s business, government and industry leaders join our technical colleges to celebrate technical education’s vital impact on Georgia’s workforce, prosperity and future. GOAL strives to stimulate the community’s interest in and knowledge of technical education by recognizing outstanding student talent as well as strengthening the association between educators and the business community. GOAL emphasizes the importance of technical education in today's world and rewards students who exemplify excellence in their chosen program of study.

Jaki Johnson, CPTC Criminal Justice Technology instructor, was selected as one of the nine Rick Perkins finalists. She stated, “I did not choose to teach in a technical college; it chose me. I came aboard as an adjunct instructor to fill a vacancy, and I fell in love with the environment of the technical college. Professionals in the field are actually able to impart real life, real job experience to the thousands of students who enter our institutions. We ensure that our students are workforce ready by providing a warranty on the students’ learning. These students are our future.”

The Technical College System of Georgia provides oversight for the Rick Perkins Award program through the System Office’s programming staff, the presidents’ Academic Improvement committee and the state planning committee. The award honors and recognizes instructors who make significant contributions to technical education.

Karen Boyle, CPTC Special Services Coordinator and GOAL Coordinator, was recognized for her 13 years of service on the state GOAL planning committee. This year marks her last year of service on the committee. Ms. Francine Shuman, TCSG Director of Special Population/Career Services/Programs stated, “She is a joy to work with, always has such a positive outlook and has done a fabulous job over the last several years helping coordinate the logistics for our awards banquet.”

Commissioner Corbin and Dawn Schmeelk, TCSG Conference Coordinator, presented Karen with an elegantly engraved platter as a token of appreciation. Each member the State Planning Committee and the TCSG staff signed the platter with their own congratulations.

Shuman concluded the presentation stating, “Karen, thank you for all you have done to help make both the GOAL and Rick Perkins Award programs so special for so many students and instructors.  We extend our deepest appreciation to you.  We will miss you greatly and wish you all the best! ”

CPTC is proud of Chase, Jaki, and Karen. They all did an outstanding job representing Southeast Georgia and Coastal Pines Technical College.


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