Gwinnett Tech Names Lauren Pelletier 2015 GOAL Winner

November 19, 2014

Gwinnett Tech Names Lauren Pelletier 2015 GOAL Winner
‘I aspire to be another family’s saving grace’


Lauren Pelletier, a healthcare science student, is the winner of Gwinnett Technical College’s 2015 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

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Gwinnett Tech GOAL finalists with GTC President Dr. D. Glen Cannon (left to right): Lauren Pelletier, 2015 GOAL winner; Michael  Nichol; Dr. Cannon; Kereida Thomas; and Amanda McKeel

The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) sponsors the GOAL program, which recognizes outstanding technical college students and honors excellence in academics and leadership. Local GOAL winners are selected at each of the state's 23 technical colleges.

Pelletier, from Snellville, was nominated by Biology instructor Margaret Long. “Lauren’s wonderful disposition and attention to her work make her a welcome addition to the classroom. She has a noticeable presence and tremendous leadership potential that will make her an excellent representative of Gwinnett Technical College,” said Long.

Pelletier plans to study Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Long foresees a bright career for her student. “I am confident that Lauren will be successful in attaining her educational goals and will make an admirable and caring healthcare professional,” she added.

For Pelletier, who has multiple family members who’ve battled cancer, the diagnostic role of sonography drew her to the field. “I aspire to be another person’s saving grace, so that their family does not have to endure the fear and pain that my family has endured.”

Gwinnett Tech’s other GOAL finalists include:

  • Amanda McKeel, from Suwanee, a Medical Assisting student

  • Michael Nichol, from Duluth, a Criminal Justice student

  • Keredia Thomas, from Lawrenceville, a Nursing student

Judges for the GOAL competition included Philip Bernardi, vice president, First Citizens Bank; Margaret Bugbee, director of finance, Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia; Theresa Bullock, corporate secretary, Metro Waterproofing; Carla Carraway, president, Precision Planning, Inc.; and Chuck Warbington, executive director, Gwinnett Village CID.

As Gwinnett Tech's GOAL winner, Pelletier will continue on to the statewide GOAL competition. The state’s GOAL winner serves as the student ambassador for technical education in Georgia.

GTC offers more than 50 degree, diploma and certificate student options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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