Governor Deal has announced the 2017 winner of the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction.

Augusta Technical College’s Ashley Strong-Green landed the accolade in early April.

“Georgia is fortunate to have a strong technical college system that molds a workforce capable of filling the demands of an ever-evolving economy,” said Deal. “[D]evoted instructors such as Ms. Strong-Green guide students on their journey to success. My congratulations…”

The Rick Perkins Award, now in its 27th year, highlights excellence in technical instruction. As an award winner, Strong-Green will make public appearances as an ambassador for technical education during the next year, including meeting with Deal and addressing the Georgia General Assembly.

Every year, selection for the Rick Perkins Award begins with the naming of the top technical education student and instructor at each college, as well as the technical division at Bainbridge State College. Regional competitions follow and narrow the field to nine finalists before they are interviewed in Atlanta by a panel of judges.

Ashley Strong-Green, a general education instructor at Augusta Technical College, is the winner of the 2017 Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction and a $1,000 cash award. In her acceptance remarks, Strong-Green cited the integral role technical education plays in contributing to the economy of the state and the quality of life of Georgia citizens.

“We are very proud of Ashley. She has been a leader and an innovator since the day she was hired,” said Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam in a prepared statement. “She is dedicated and student-centered, and she personifies the academic excellence and high standards of the Technical College System of Georgia.”

The first runner-up was Charles Avery, an emergency medical services instructor in the technical division of Bainbridge State College.

The complete list of Rick Perkins Award winners is available here.