Chase Sweda, a welding and joining student from Flowery Branch, has been named Lanier Technical College's winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership.
The announcement was made at the college’s GOAL recognition luncheon Wednesday.
Sweda was chosen by a panel of local leaders over three other nominees for the award. The runners-up were Robert Enright of Lumpkin County, EMS; Donna Pickens of Barrow County, Accounting; and Abigail Rodriguez of Hall County, Applied Technology.
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.
Sweda will now proceed to regional judging. All college GOAL winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta for two days in April. Nine regional finalists, three finalists from the three regions, will be announced in Atlanta on April 17, 2019. A panel of leaders from the business, industry and government sectors will interview them and choose one to be the 2019 state GOAL winner and the recipient of the GOAL medallion.
The grand prize also includes a new car, courtesy of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the statewide corporate sponsor of the GOAL program.
Sweda is the son of Donna and Patrick Sweda. He chose to attend Lanier Tech to earn his diploma in welding and joining and after furthering his education at a specialized diving school in Charleston, S.C., will pursue a career in underwater welding/commercial diving.