Corey Carlile (left) Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 GOAL Winner and Brittny Burns (right) Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year at GNTC pose for a picture with Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Gretchen Corbin at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia Tuesday. Judges selected both Carlile and Burns as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.

(Atlanta, GA)
– Corey Carlile, Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) 2016 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) winner, and Brittny Burns, Georgia Northwestern’s 2016 Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year, were both named as regional finalists for the Technical College System of Georgia’s 2016 Student and Instructor of the Year awards.


The finalists were announced during a banquet honoring the system’s most outstanding instructors and students from the state’s 22 technical colleges, as well as one Board of Regents college with a technical division, at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 19.


The State Goal winner and State Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will be named at the GOAL and Rick Perkins banquet tonight (April 20). A panel of leaders from business, industry, and government will choose the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) GOAL winner and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year for 2016.


The Student of the Year and Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year will both serve as ambassadors of technical education in Georgia and will make many public appearances during a number of system and college functions.


As the grand prize, a new automobile provided by Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia will be awarded to the state GOAL winner. The Rick Perkins Instructor of the Year winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


Carlile, a Marketing student from Aragon, is on the President’s List and is a member of Phi Beta Lambda at Georgia Northwestern. She received her high school diploma from Woodland High School in Cartersville, where she served on the yearbook team and as a student mentor for the Peer Facilitator Program.


“The faculty at Georgia Northwestern are amazing,” said Carlile. “They are extremely passionate about what they do and very energetic, which rubs off on the students.”


Carlile remains very active in the community by performing volunteer work for numerous organizations including: volunteer, American Cancer Society Relay for Life; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament; marketing assistant, Atlanta Force Annual Golf Tournament Championship Game; and top sales, Advocates for Children Duck Derby.


Brittny Burns, a Business Technology instructor from Kennesaw, has been an instructor at GNTC since 2010. Prior to joining Georgia Northwestern, she was a student representative for the Office of Development at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va. and a nuclear medicine intern at Sentara Healthcare and Bon Secours Health Systems.


“Technical education is essential to our local workforce,” said Burns. “As instructors, we have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students and our community.”


A Summa Cum Laude student, Burns received her bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from ODU. As an undergraduate student, she served as vice president of the student ambassadors for the Student Government Organization and as director of Campus Outreach and Development of T.R.U.S.T., Inc., a community service organization.


She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.


Burns is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and also currently a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. She was an intern for the Business School Alliance for Health Management and is a certified technologist by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.


Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.