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Submitted photoSierra Ely, EMS student, was named the 2018 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College GOAL Winner.

Ely named Wiregrass Student of the Year

VALDOSTA – After two rounds of interviews, Sierra Ely was named Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner.

Ely started her college career in the dual-enrollment program at Wiregrass while a high school student at Fitzgerald High School. During her senior year, she set her career goals on becoming an EMT. She made the choice after touring the Coffee campus and seeing the new Allied Health classroom and lab which includes an ambulance simulator, according to a Wiregrass press release.

“I decided on a technical college, specifically the Coffee Campus at Wiregrass because of the reputation that preceded the program and its instructor was one of upmost praise and confidence. The college from staff to instructors worked with me every step of the way to ensure I got the best they have to offer and was prepared to enter the classroom,” Ely said.

Having been enrolled in the college’s dual-enrollment classes, she said she felt she was prepared for the EMS classes. She was able to enter the program having already taken her college core classes while in high school.

GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 22 technical colleges as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division. 

Ely competed against 23 nominees from Wiregrass’ four campuses in Valdosta, Douglas, Fitzgerald, and Sparks before being named as one of the top four nominees, and now college winner. The runners-up were Monique Carter, associate of science in nursing; Ryan Mathis, business management; and Olivia Gilliland, auto collision repair.

She was nominated by her EMS Instructor, Richard Rhodes.

“I nominated Sierra as our GOAL representative because her personal motivation is wonderful as well as her ability to motivate others around her. Her work ethics are second to none along with her strong leadership skills and time management. Since joining the program she has created an intra-class study group, organized numerous classroom files, and consistently leads her peers by example all while maintaining an A average and being elected an officer in the Student Government Association,” Rhodes said.

Ely will now advance to regional judging in late February. In April, she will learn if she is one of the nine state finalists. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2018 State GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion. The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of KIA, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.

For more information about the EMS program and other programs, visit Spring semester classes starts Jan. 9.


Robinson places in international business finals

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University's Cara Robinson recently placed fourth at the the 2017 Capsim Fall Challenge, an online business simulation competition featuring contestants from 104 universities in 14 countries.

In the finals, Robinson and five other students competed for eight hours to see who could run the most successful simulated corporation in a high-pressure, zero-sum environment, according to a VSU press release.

Robinson was first exposed to business simulations in her classes at VSU's Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration.

Robinson plans to pursue a master of accountancy at VSU and intern at an accounting firm after graduation.

The Capsim Challenge takes place twice a year and attracts thousands of competitors worldwide. The host of the competition, Capsim Management Simulations, has established programs for more than 30 years that create learning environments for both academic and corporate participants, giving them the opportunity to practice the skills necessary to build successful companies, according to VSU.



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