Gwinnett Tech Names Kimberly Horn 2013 GOAL Winner

November 20, 2012

Gwinnett Tech Names Kimberly Horn 2013 GOAL Winner
Business Administrative Technology Student advances to statewide competition to represent technical education


Kimberly Horn, a business administrative technology student, is the winner of Gwinnett Technical College's 2013 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

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 26 technical colleges.

Horn, from Lawrenceville, was nominated by Sue VanLanen, business administrative technology program director. "As a student, Kimberly is very conscientious and meticulous," said VanLanen. "As a person, she is always positive and encourages those around her to aspire to higher goals. She is one of the college's best 'cheerleaders' and engages others to participate in student activities and groups. She understands that an education from a technical college can be beneficial to so many people. I look forward to her future as she changes the world, one person at a time."

 A recognized campus leader, Horn is currently a Student Ambassador, the vice president of the GTC Student Leadership Council and president of the campus Toastmasters Club. She was the 2012 Outstanding Student for the Business Administrative Technology program.

"Little did I realize that when I chose technical education to develop practical competitive job skills that I would gain confidence and realize that I have so much potential," says Horn. "I thought I would learn how to be a good employee, but at Gwinnett Tech I am challenged to be a great leader. My technical education is my opportunity, not my alternative."

Warren Bare, a Gwinnett Tech Foundation trustee and GOAL competition judge, said, "Kimberly is an outstanding example of the best of technical education. She has a deep understanding of the positive influence of her school on both a personal level and on a larger community and economic basis."  

Gwinnett Tech's other GOAL finalists are:

  • Chris Dilday, Commercial Construction, Suwanee  

  • Jordan Bollander, Bioscience,  Loganville

  • Terri Patterson, Early Childhood Education, Lawrenceville

Judges for the GOAL competition included Tim Perry, North American Properties; Sharon Schwartz, Northside Hospital; Tom LaDow, North Fulton Community Improvement District and ICM Strategies; Anthony Carter, Meditropolis; Deirdra Cox, Brand Bank; Warren Bare, Mossy Creek Capital.

As Gwinnett Tech's GOAL winner, Horn 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 45 degree, diploma and certificate student options that students can finish in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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November 20, 2012