NEWS

 

 

July 3, 2014

 

Students Compete and Win in National SkillsUSA

Several Northeast Alabama Community College SkillsUSA members and advisors recently attended the 50th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. This week-long event was a national-level competition for high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

Quality career and technical education was the centerpiece of the conference. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the event. The conference hosted 99 contest events that covered leadership development as well as skilled and technical sciences.

NACC students placed and performed well. NACC SkillsUSA chapter:

Collin Andrews

JT Tubbs
NACC Machine Tool Technology student
Placed 4th in CNC Turning Specialist
Advisor: Hugo DeAngelis

Tristan Blakely
NACC Drafting & Design Technology student
Placed 7th in Technical Drafting
Advisor: Kelly Black

Collin Andrews
NACC Drafting & Design Technology student
Alabama State SkillsUSA Officer
Ran for a national officer position
Participated in LEVERAGE leadership training
Served as a voting delegate representing Alabama in delegate sessions
Advisor: Donna Moore & Kelly Black

Victoria Hall
NACC Drafting & Design Technology student
Alabama State SkillsUSA Officer
Participated in LEVERAGE leadership training
Served as a voting delegate representing Alabama in delegate sessions
Advisor: Donna Moore & Kelly Black

Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson
NACC Drafting & Design Technology student
Alabama State SkillsUSA Officer
Participated in LEVERAGE leadership training
Served as a voting delegate representing Alabama in delegate sessions
Advisor: Donna Moore & Kelly Black

Dustin Cagle
NACC Drafting & Design Technology student
2013-14 National SkillsUSA Officer
Advisor: Donna Moore & Kelly Black

DeKalb County Technical Center chapter:

Ryan Hambrick & Houston Ward
NACC Robotics dual enrollment students at DCTC
Placed 20th in Mobile Robotics Technology
Advisor: Gary Hulslander

Earnest Pruett Center of Technology chapter:

Joseph Bevel
NACC Welding dual enrollment student at EPCOT
Placed 3rd in Welding
Advisor: Marty Bishop

Chandler Engle
NACC Machine Tool Technology dual enrollment student at EPCOT
Placed 6th in CNC Turning Specialist
Advisor: Hugo DeAngelis

Cody Groves
NACC Machine Tool Technology dual enrollment student at EPCOT
Placed 7th in CNC Milling Specialist
Advisor: Hugo DeAngelis

SkillsUSA advisors Kelly Black, Gary Hulslander and Donna Moore attended the conference. They represented NACC and the State of Alabama at various Skills University workshops and seminars on topics including new industry trends and technology, career paths, safety programs, SkillsUSA chapter support and more. Moore also participated in the ENGAGE leadership session for advisors and supported Alabama’s state officers throughout the trip. Hulslander serves on the national education team for SkillsUSA.

The Northeast participants enjoyed other events enjoyed throughout the week.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO – a quick stop along the way to visit a national landmark.

TECHSPO – A 3-day technical exposition. With over 120 exhibitors covering 76,000 square feet, it is the nation’s largest tradeshow in career and technical education.

Career Fair – A 3-day event with more than 20 businesses and organizations represented. The career fair gave industry a chance to reach SkillsUSA students who excel in their occupational skill areas.

Champions Night – A celebration of the conference. Thousands of SkillsUSA family and friends gathered in the downtown park for food, fun, live entertainment and giveaways.

SkillsUSA Night – A break from the action. Participants enjoyed an evening at Kansas City’s popular Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks.

Official Ceremonies – Opening and Closing ceremonies to induct incoming officers and announce contest winners. Chris Fisher of the Ocearch organization and host of the Emmy-Award-Winning show “Offshore Adventures” delivered the keynote speech encouraging students to dream big.

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students—and their instructors—in technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 10.5 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org

For more information about SkillsUSA at Northeast, contact Kelly Black at phone ext. 2286 or by email at blackk@nacc.edu.

For additional college information, go to www.nacc.edu or download the college’s free App at the Apple App Store or by going to www.naccmobile.com.

(Upper right) SkillsUSA Participants from NACC (L-R): Tristan Blakely, Victoria Hall, Lauren Wilson, Collin Andrews – JT Tubbs not pictured

 

(Lower right) Collin Andrews & Victoria Hall representing Alabama at the delegate sessions

(Below) Collin Andrews, Lauren Wilson & Victoria Hall having fun with the Alabama State SkillsUSA Officers at Worlds of Fun amusement park