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Ashley Ford named Ogeechee Tech's GOAL winner for 2024
Ashley Ford GOAL
Early Childhood Care and Education student Ashley Ford, left, gets a hug from nominating instructor Paula Clifton after being named the 2024 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, or GOAL, representative for Ogeechee Technical College on Monday, Jan. 22, during a reception in the Oak Room of the Jack Hill Building at OTC. (SCOTT BRYANT/staff) - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Ashley Ford, who is pursuing an AAS degree in Early Childhood Care and Education with a paraprofessional concentration, was named Ogeechee Technical College’s 2024 GOAL student.

The college, the OTC Foundation and the OTC Student Leadership Council also recognized other local GOAL finalists and their nominating instructors Monday during a reception in the Oak Room of the Jack Hill Building at OTC.

Now in its 52nd year, the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership program, or GOAL, has students compete through speeches and interviews to represent their colleges and then, through regional and state-level rounds, selects a statewide GOAL winner who receives a new automobile and serves as a spokesperson for technical college education in Georgia for the year.

Ford, a member of OTC’s Student Leadership Committee, will compete in the 2024 Skills USA competition. She will represent OTC in the regional competition in February in Tifton. A total of nine semifinalists, three each from three regions of the state, will then compete for the statewide GOAL title, to be awarded during a late April event.

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