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Chattahoochee Tech Announces Top Student and Top Instructor for 2021

Chattahoochee Technical College announced the winners of its 2021 outstanding student and instructor competitions on Friday, March 19, with student Dustin Ferguson and instructor Jennifer Staton receiving top honors. These winners were announced in a Facebook livestream event held at the college’s North Metro Campus.

Dustin Ferguson, a student in the Chattahoochee Tech Associate of Science in Nursing program, received the college’s 2021 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) award. He was nominated for this honor by Nursing Instructor Casaundra Wyatt, who accepted the award on his behalf. 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. The top student finalists for the 2021 GOAL award at Chattahoochee Tech included Dennis Hoffman, a Technical Specialist student; Samantha Vernon, a Practical Nursing student; and Sarah Woodward, a Physical Therapist Assistant student.

Chattahoochee Tech English Instructor Jennifer Staton received the college’s 2021 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year award. This award honors the most outstanding TCSG instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields. The 2021 top finalists for this award at Chattahoochee Tech included Meredith Muse, an instructor in the Film and Video Production Technology program, and Brian LeSage, an instructor in the Emergency Medical Services Professions program. An internal panel of judges evaluated each finalist on factors that included accomplishments, leadership, their role as a technical educator, and their commitment to the mission and initiatives of TCSG.

On behalf of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation, Board of Trustees Chair Mark Goddard presented a $500 cash award for Chattahoochee Tech GOAL winner Dustin Ferguson. He also presented a professional development grant to Rick Perkins Award winner Jennifer Staton. Ferguson and Staton both will compete at the regional level in April. Then, if selected to be regional finalists, they will compete at the state level in May.

Pictured here, l-r, are Jennifer Staton, Chattahoochee Tech President Dr. Ron Newcomb, and Casaundra Wyatt, who accepted the GOAL award on behalf of student Dustin Ferguson.
Pictured here, l-r, are Jennifer Staton, Chattahoochee Tech’s 2021 Instructor of the Year, with Dr. Ron Newcomb, and Nursing Instructor Casaundra Wyatt, who accepted the GOAL award on behalf of student winner Dustin Ferguson.
Chattahoochee Tech Board of Trustees Chair presented a cash award for the winning student, and a grant for the winning instructor. Shown here, l-r, are Nursing Instructor Casaundra Wyatt, who accepted the award for student Dustin Ferguson, Board Chair Mark Goddard, award winner Jennifer Staton, and Dr. Ron Newcomb.
On behalf of the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation, Board of Trustees Chair Mark Goddard presented a cash award for the winning student, and a grant for the winning instructor. Shown here, l-r, are Nursing Instructor Casaundra Wyatt, who accepted the award on behalf of student Dustin Ferguson, Board Chair Mark Goddard, award winner Jennifer Staton, and Dr. Ron Newcomb.
The top student finalists included, l-r, Dennis Hoffman, Samantha Vernon and Sarah Woodward, along with award winner Dustin Ferguson, who was not able to attend the awards presentation. Nursing Instructor Causandra Wyatt accepted his award on his behalf. Shown here, l-r, are Dennis Hoffman, Sarah Woodward, Instructor Casaundra Wyatt, Samantha Vernon, and Dr. Ron Newcomb.
The top student finalists included Dennis Hoffman, Sarah Woodward, and Samantha Vernon along with award winner Dustin Ferguson, who was not able to attend the awards presentation. Nursing Instructor Casaundra Wyatt accepted his award on his behalf. Shown here, l-r, are Hoffman, Woodward, Wyatt, and Vernon, with Dr. Ron Newcomb.
Instructors who were the top finalists for this year's award included Brian LeSage, Meredith Muse along with award winner Jennifer Staton. Shown here, l-r, are LeSage, Muse, Staton and Dr. Ron Newcomb.
The top finalists among instructors who were nominated for this year’s award included Brian LeSage and Meredith Muse, along with award winner Jennifer Staton. Shown here, l-r, are LeSage, Muse, Staton and Dr. Ron Newcomb.