The Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) is cosponsored statewide by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the State Board of Technical and Adult Education. GOAL is cosponsored locally by The Optimist Club of Augusta and Augusta Technical College. The purposes of the GOAL Program are to give recognition annually to the State's outstanding postsecondary technical students and to stimulate public interest in the importance of technical education.
The main objectives of the GOAL Program are the following:
To spotlight the importance of technical education in modern society
- To reward students who excel in learning a skill
- To encourage pride in workmanship
- To generate greater respect and appreciation for the working person
- To emphasize the dignity of work in today's society
All students with a 3.0 GPA who have completed at least 12 semester hours toward program graduation at a technical college are eligible for GOAL nomination. From these nominations, a committee chooses four outstanding students from degree or diploma programs. Finally, the College winner, chosen from the four finalists, is selected to compete in the annual statewide GOAL competition in Atlanta. The College winner must be enrolled in the same program or same program group throughout the competition.
National Technical Honor Society
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is designed to honor academic excellence for students enrolled in diploma programs. Membership in NTHS is the highest scholastic honor awarded for excellence in workforce and technical occupational education in America. NTHS encourages scholastic achievement, skill development, honesty, service leadership, citizenship, and individual responsibility.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an international scholastic honorary society for students enrolled in associate degree programs at two-year colleges and technical colleges and institutes. The only nationally acclaimed honor organization serving American institutions offering associate degree programs, Phi Theta Kappa annually initiates some 35,000 students into over 1100 chapters located in the U.S. and its territorial possessions. The organization maintains a "shared commitment to excellence" through its four hallmarks: scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service.
Students are encouraged to participate in local, regional, and national organizations related to their programs of study.
The following organizations maintain campus chapters or area chapters for student membership:
- American Association of Medical Assistants
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- Armed Forces Communicators Electronics Association
- Engineering Technology Professional Society
- Student Nurses Association
Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Its membership totals over 184,000 in more than 8,000 clubs worldwide. Rotaract clubs are self-governing and self-supporting and can be either university- or community-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Rotaract clubs and offer guidance and support, making the Rotaract clubs true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary.
SkillsUSA was established for trade, industrial, technical, and allied health students. It is a student organization that focuses on teaching leadership skills and offering opportunities for students to participate in skill competitions at the state and national level. SkillsUSA brings together people with common interests to exchange ideas, discuss problems, and work toward their goals. Students should see their advisors to become a part of the SkillsUSA team.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association, with representation from the student body, provides a channel through which students may exhibit leadership, influence college decision-making, voice concerns, and enhance communication among students, faculty, and staff.
Student Veterans of America (SVA)
The purpose of the SVA Augusta Technical College chapter is to provide any student using the GI Bill® a platform for gaining information concerning Veterans Affairs requirements, as well as the schools policies and procedures. The association will empower student-veterans with information they can pass on to other service members, veterans, and military family members who are considering selecting Augusta Technical College as their choice of school for enrollment. The SVA is also designed to provide student-veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education, as well as after graduation and throughout life.