Several members of the NACC chapter of SkillsUSA recently participated in the 53rd annual National Leadership & Skills Conference held in Louisville, Ky. The event was invitation only for first place state medalists in 100 competition areas for career and technical students. The conference took place June 21-22, 2017 and is the largest skill competition in the world. NLSC is a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students competed in their field of study and various technical and leadership fields.
NACC’s Chandler McBryar was a competitor in the Cosmetology competition and brought home the gold medal!
Advisor Regina Gilliland said, “Chandler is such an outstanding student with her dedication and perseverance through the time and effort required preparing for the contest in both skilled training and time management aspects. She has succeeded at what most students could never achieve. It was so exciting to be there with her and such a great honor for our school to have her receive a gold medal in Cosmetology.”
The cosmetology contest is designed to evaluate each contestant’s preparation for employment and to recognize outstanding students for excellence and professionalism. Competitors demonstrate their skills in haircutting, hair styling and long hair design in four separate tests. All work is performed on mannequins. A display of creativity is seen in the long hair segment of the competition, where these future salon professionals demonstrate their own design skills. A parade finale closes the competition, with each competitor walking down the stage with their completed mannequins to present to the audience.
“It was such a wonderful experience!” said Gold medalist, Chandler McBryar. “My participation in SkillsUSA has taken me to new levels of personal success. Thanks to all who helped me get there. None of this would have been possible without my amazing teachers. They went above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed and to make sure I was prepared for this challenge. I can’t wait to see where this takes me next.”
During the national competition, McBryar and other students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like welding, HVAC, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and mobile robotics. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations. Test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, including prepared speech, job demonstration and conducting of meetings by parliamentary procedure.
“We are very proud of Chandler’s accomplishments,” said Kelly Black, NACC SkillsUSA sponsor. “She and the other students that participated in the conference are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills. They represented NACC and the State of Alabama well. Congrats to all.”
“We at Northeast are very glad to financially support the Skills USA program at the college and the participation in it by our students and faculty,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “Skills USA provides our students with great experiences and our faculty works hard to get these students to this level of competition.”
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 300,000 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. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.
For more information go to www.skillsusa.org. To learn more about the career technical programs offered at NACC, visit www.nacc.edu or contact Kelly Black (256) 638-4418, ext. 2286 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the NACC Chapter of SkillsUSA.
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