A Bainbridge State College Early County Center student who has taken on the unofficial title of “Student Lab Instructor” has been named the College’s GOAL student representative for 2014.

Nathan Hubbard of Blakely is enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Program where he has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while working full time at Birdsong Peanut Company’s Blakely plant and raising a family with his wife, Felisa.

Electronics Technology Assistant Professor Claude Bell nominated Hubbard, saying Hubbard’s leadership skills are very apparent, as is his enjoyment of helping others.

“Nathan’s work ethic is exemplary and his leadership skills are undeniably apparent when he is in a group setting. Rarely do you see such natural leadership skills in a student,” Bell wrote in his nomination letter. “In most lab settings, Nathan can be found assisting others in proper lab equipment use or demonstrating lab safety techniques.”

Other GOAL nominees are Shellon A. Anderson of Whigham, Wayne Black and Michael E. Raley, both of Bainbridge, and all three nominated by Electrical and Electronics Technology Instructor Owen Elkins, and Jacquelyn D. Wood of Colquitt, who was nominated by Tatyana Pashnyak, associate professor of Business and Medical Administrative Technology.

The GOAL program is part of a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia that honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. The GOAL program was established in 1971, making it the first such program in the nation to reward students who excel in learning a gainful skill.

Barry Reynolds, Bainbridge State associate professor of computer information systems, was named the College’s 2014 Rick Perkins representative, which honors excellence in technical instruction.

Other Rick Perkins nominees were Sheila McLendon, assistant professor of mathematics; Beverly Pollock, instructor of communication skills; Valley Rogers, associate professor of education; Gena Peterson, assistant professor of nursing, and Renee Spence, associate professor of administrative office technology.

The Rick Perkins Award for excellence in technical instruction has been an ongoing statewide recognition since 1991 and is designed to honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

A ceremony honoring all the GOAL and Rick Perkins nominees was held Nov. 25 at the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center.

Hubbard and Reynolds will compete in the regional competition scheduled for February in Tifton. The state competition is scheduled in April in Atlanta.


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