Matt Payne Competes at Regional GOAL Competition
Date: April 3, 2015
Matt Payne, a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, has been named the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) student for Athens Technical College. He was nominated by his Physical Therapist Assistant instructors Dr. Ellen O’Keefe and Dr. Diana Carman.
GOAL, a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. GOAL winners are selected at each of the state’s 23 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical education division.
“Technical education provides the academics and skill-based training to create highly-educated and competent individuals who can quickly transition into the workforce to lead promising careers and shape the economic future of Georgia,” according to Payne. “Athens Technical College and the Physical Therapist Assistant program have provided the crucial, hands-on learning and expertise that will separate me as a professional in the field of physical therapy.”
Prior to enrolling in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, Payne worked for 10 years as a certified interpretive guide for the Denali National Park and Reserve in Alaska. He also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Recreation Tourism from the University of Georgia.
Payne currently serves as president of the Athens Tech Student Advisory Council and vice president of the Physical Therapist Assistant Class.
On March 3, Payne competed at the north region GOAL competition at Lanier Technical College. In April, all college-level winners will attend the annual TCSG Summit in Atlanta where the nine regional finalist will be announced and then compete at the state-level. One student will be named the statewide GOAL winner.
An external committee composed of members of the college board of directors and community interviewed the college-level finalists. The finalists, including Payne, from Clarke County; Justin Barrow, Physical Therapist Assistant, from Clarke County; Darlene Brand, Culinary Arts, from Walton County; and Lisa McMillan, Radiography, from Walton County, were recognized at the college board of directors meeting on January 27.