LaNette Holloman, a business management student at Atlanta Technical College and the 2012 statewide GOAL winner for the Technical College System of Georgia, will be the featured speaker at OTC’s evening commencement to be held at the Waycross Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. July 20.
Holloman was selected as the State Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner among all students in Georgia’s technical college system. The program recognizes the best students at each of the state’s 25 technical colleges and one Board of Regents college with a technical division.
“The Technical College System of Georgia enrolled 190,000 students last year, so being chosen as our student of the year is quite a remarkable accomplishment,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson when he introduced her as the winner earlier this year.
“LaNette has an amazing story to tell of overcoming some of life’s adversities and improving her life and that of her family through technical education. Our judges were equally as impressed with her outstanding achievement in her college classes and her strong leadership and communication skills.”
The distinction as Georgia’s top technical college student also means that LaNette is a winner of the GOAL program’s grand prize, the keys to a brand-new 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. Georgia Chevrolet dealers donate the grand prize and are the sponsors of the GOAL program.
LaNette was nominated for the award by her instructor, Michelle Roach. Judging for the GOAL program starts at each college and is followed by a regional competition. At the state level, nine finalists are interviewed by a panel of judges representing business, industry and higher education in Georgia. At each step, students are rated on their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities, involvement in local communities, and future aspirations.
“LaNette will be an outstanding spokesperson for the Technical College System of Georgia,” said Alvetta Peterman Thomas, president of Atlanta Technical College. “She embodies all the positive attributes of our students, and her story is a testament to how technical education can reshape lives.”
Holloman worked in corporate America for many years, holding positions with companies such as Morgan Stanley and American Express. Unfortunately, she like thousands of Americans, was badly affected by the economy’s downturn. She found herself unemployed and overwhelmed by mounting challenges.
Remembering a friend who had enrolled at Atlanta Technical College to study accounting, she decided to make the college her educational institution of choice. Majoring in Business Management, LaNette has made the most of her technical college experience. She has established herself as a leader by being voted student government treasurer and is a collegiate historian with the DECA marketing society. She is a member of Phi Beta Lamda, SkillsUSA, and the National Technical Honor Society. She holds a 3.9 grade point average.
Technical education is now a staple in lives of the Holloman family. LaNette is a star student at Atlanta Technical College. She is joined on campus by her eldest son and his wife, who are both enrolled in public service technology programs, and by her youngest daughter who attends the Atlanta Technical College Pre-K program.
As the 2012 Student of the Year and state GOAL winner, Holloman will serve as TCSG’s student ambassador during a number of system and college functions throughout the year. She will also have a chance to speak before the Georgia General Assembly and receive a personal commendation from the Governor.
About the TCSG: The Technical College System of Georgia oversees 25 technical colleges throughout the state serving more than 190,000 students. Affordable access to high-quality, 21st century technical education programs that lead to in-demand jobs is a big reason why enrollment at the TCSG colleges is up by almost one-third over the last three years.
The system also manages Quick Start, the internationally-known economic development incentive that offers workforce training for new or expanding businesses and industries in Georgia. Quick Start is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful programs for attracting new investment to the state and promoting job creation.
TCSG colleges offer small classes, hands-on experience and focused instructor attention in more than 600 programs, including healthcare, manufacturing technologies, aerospace, logistics, agribusiness, life sciences, energy and the environment, and much more. In addition, the TCSG oversees the state’s adult education and GED preparation and testing programs.