Northeast Alabama Community College student Murron Marchik recently participated in the National SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 102 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest skill competition in the world.
Murron competed in the Job Skill Demonstration A competition and won Bronze. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY., took place June 25-30, 2018, as part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,300 outstanding career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed hands-on in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Murron has just completed her AAS Degree in Salon and Spa Management Program at the NACC Salon Institute. “We are very proud of Murron’s accomplishments,” said Mrs. Julise Clement and Mrs. Regina Gilliland, advisors at Northeast. “The students that participated in the Job Skill Demonstration A competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills.”
During the national competition, Murron competed against other competitors by demonstrating a performance of a technical occupational job skill that lasts 5 to 7 minutes accompanied by a clear explanation of the topic through the use of experiments, displays and practical operations.
When Murron was asked what SkillsUSA has done for her, she quickly replied, ”I learned with practice, dedication, and teachers that believe in me, I could overcome the anxiety of public speaking. I learned that eye contact, posture, hand gestures, movement, voice, telling the story instead of talking at someone is very important in communication and getting your point across.Being a part of the SkillsUSA chapter at Northeast Alabama Community College and the NACC Salon Institute has helped me not only learn a skill and earn a degree, it also helped me find myself and grow into the person I have become - a more comfortable and a more confident person.
“Through my experience competing in SkillsUSA, I have learned that personal skills and workplace skills are just as important as my technical skill,” continued Marchik. “Without demonstrating all of them, I would not have won a National Bronze Medal. This has been a very rewarding experience.”
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to www.SkillsUSA.org.
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