Winners are selected at each of the state’s technical colleges, as well as the Board of Regents colleges with technical education divisions.
“[Being a GOAL winner] means opportunity to encourage someone else,” Johnson told The Daily Tribune News. “We’re constantly finding out that we live in a world where people only are worried about themselves. Even those that excel are worried about what they want to do, what they need to do, their goals.
“It’s time for someone to lay ... down for someone else, to be the root for the tree.”
Johnson began his post-secondary education at a four-year institution majoring in communications. He said, however, he felt the major wasn’t leading him in the right direction and a life change directed him toward nursing.
“In 2010, I developed a relationship with God and found it was more important for me to care about people and what better major to choose than a major that is all about serving,” Johnson said. “... Even in our clinical hours, I found myself doing work I’m not supposed to do and really try to enrich our residents’ lives. I dance with the Alzheimer’s patients and that is greater than giving the shots, that’s one aspect of it, but it really just puts you in a position to be the person that people want to lean on.
“You don’t make a name for yourself. You get more out of it just by having that experience and those new relationships and knowing that people expect to see you and want to see you every day because their lives are going to be richer.”
Johnson, who attends the North Metro Campus, was recognized during a banquet with finalists John Griffin, Whitney Robledo and Jessica Rodefer. Each gave a speech about why they chose to attend a school in the TCSG and what they hope to accomplish through their studies.
Following the completion of his LPN, Johnson will be able to attend DeVry University to work on his Registered Nurse degree via a $26,500 scholarship provided by DeVry. He will go on to the regional and state level of the competition.
Also recognized was Judy Cannon, a reading instructor who serves multiple CTC campuses, as winning the Carnegie Professor of the Year Award, which made its introduction this year. The award doubles as the college’s entry to the statewide award competition of the Rick Perkins Award for instructor.