Northeast Alabama Community College students, Lily Womack, President, Haley Blansit, Parliamentarian, Haley Koger, Reporter, Misty Kilgore, Treasurer, Amber Combs, Secretary, Tien Le, Vice President, and Brittany Benson, Historian, recently participated in the 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.
The NACC Leadership Team members competed in the Opening and Closing competition and won Gold. 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.
Lily, Haley, Haley, Misty, Amber, Tien and Brittany are students in the Salon and Spa Management Program at the NACC Salon Institute. “We are very proud of the OCC Team’s accomplishments,” said Mrs. Julise Clement, advisor at Northeast. “These students that participated in the Opening and Closing competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills.”
During the national competition, the NACC seven member team competed against other teams proving their expertise demonstrating their skills. This included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure while being evaluated on teamwork and professional presentation skills of the symbolic representation of the colors and the assembled parts of the SkillsUSA Emblem.
When the team members were asked what SkillsUSA has done for them, they replied, “Through our experience competing as a team, we realized how important it is to work together. We are all individuals with different personalities that came together as ONE and conquered our fear of public speaking. Being a SkillsUSA member is about being a champion. Yes, we won the Gold and we are proud. But we also realize the personal and professional skills we developed along the way through our dedication. These framework skills not only help you get a job but also have a successful career.”
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. For more information about the NACC Salon Institute or any of the career technical programs offered at NACC, visit www.nacc.edu or download our free App from the App Store or Google Play Store. Follow NACC on social media.