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OTC's Bickerton selected as Georgia's top GOAL student
OTC Goal Student
Laura “Molly” Bickerton, 2008 State GOAL winner, and Dr. Dawn Cartee, president of Ogeechee Technical College, stand in front of a new Chevrolet Cobalt which Bickerton was presented as winner of the competition. - photo by Special
    Ogeechee Technical College’s Laura “Molly” Bickerton was selected as Georgia’s technical college Student of the Year in the 37th annual Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) competition.
    Bickerton, a student in the college’s radiologic technology program, was announced as the winner during a Thursday night banquet in Atlanta.
    A panel of judges representing business and industry selected Bickerton as the Student of the Year from among the top echelon of students representing 33 state technical colleges, as well as three state university system colleges with technical education divisions. Judging criteria included personal interviews with each student along with their scholastic accomplishment, leadership qualities, community involvement and future aspirations.
    “On behalf of the Technical College System of Georgia, I congratulate Laura Bickerton on this outstanding achievement,” said Commissioner Ron Jackson. “The competition to be our student of the year is a challenging experience, and Laura impressed our judges as the being ‘best of the best’ among 36 exceptionally talented students. We take tremendous pride in knowing that a person of the caliber of Laura Bickerton will be next ambassador for technical education in Georgia.”
    For the next year, Bickerton will travel the state representing the Technical College System at conferences and events, as well as in meetings with the governor, legislators and other state leaders.
    As the grand prize winner, Bickerton also was presented with a new 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt by Tom Gilbert, Chevrolet southeast zone manager. Chevrolet is the statewide corporate sponsor of Georgia’s GOAL program.
    Bickerton said her professional goal is to pursue a career in radiologic technology that “will reflect the knowledge and skills mastered through technical education.”
    She added, “I chose technical education because of the boundless career opportunities, high job placement, hands-on experience and one-on-one relationships with instructors. My technical education and training makes me a viable future employee in my field.”