Several Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) SkillsUSA members and advisors attended the annual Alabama SkillsUSA Conference and Championships Career Expo event in Birmingham, Alabama on April 18-20. This three-day event was a state-level competition for high school and college students enrolled in career and technical education programs. Quality career and technical education is the centerpiece of the conference. More than 1,300 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from industry corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated in the event. The conference hosts 80 contest events that cover leadership development as well as skilled performance and technical sciences.
Official Opening & Closing ceremonies were held to induct incoming officers and announce contest winners. Special guest and Keynote Speaker, Ole Pete Key shared a message of inspiration, encouraging students to “Get a Picture, Get a Plan, Get Prepared and Always be in Pursuit” of their career goals.
Overall, NACC competitors brought home 12 medals. All gold medalists will go on to represent NACC and the State of Alabama at the national-level competitions in Louisville, KY this June.
“I really enjoyed getting the chance to represent Northeast. I would highly recommend that if you get the chance to compete to go for it! You never know how good you can do until you try,” said Michele Goff – MAT student.
“When it’s all done, we collectively represent not just our schools, but our home towns, families, instructors and our state. SkillsUSA teaches us that together, we can create a better, brighter future. Whether it be robotics, masonry, health care or welding, we all play a major role in building tomorrow’s workforce,” said Bailey Matthews – ILT student.
SkillsUSA Chapter Sponsor, Kelly Black, stated,“Participation in SkillsUSA is a great tool for students to showcase their skills & training, build up their resume and make industry networking contacts in their field. I am very proud of all our participants and appreciate the support of our administration and the extra time and effort our advisors and contestants put into preparing for these events.”
NACC contest participants included:
ILT student, Bailey Matthews won GOLD in Job Skill Demo – Advisor: Tim Barksdale
Salon & Spa Management student, Casi Pope won SILVER in Job Skill Demo – Advisor: Julise Clement
Medical Assistant student, Michele Goff won GOLD in Medical Terminology – Advisor: Donna Moore
Robotics students, Kyle Woods and Isaac Newsome won GOLD in Mobile Robotics Technology – Advisor: Tim Barksdale
Salon & Spa Management students swept the Nail Care competition: Kerria Bibbs, GOLD; Keeli Wetzel, SILVER; Marie Lambert, BRONZE – Advisor: Regina Gilliland
Salon & Spa Management students, Chandler McBryar won GOLD and Tina Harper won BRONZE medals in the Cosmetology competition – Advisor: Regina Gilliland
Machine Tool student, Brandon Davis won BRONZE in the CNC Milling Specialist contest – Advisor: Hugo DeAngelis
Welding Technology student, John Ellison brought home SILVER in the welding competition – Advisor: Marty Bishop
Drafting & Design Technology student, Tanner Lusk won BRONZE in the Related Technical Math contest – Advisor: Kelly Black
NACC Salon & Spa Management students, Haley Koger and Brittany Benson served as State Officers throughout this school year at various SkillsUSA training and contest events, had an active role in the Opening & Awards ceremonies at the State Conference and will go on to represent the State of Alabama at the National Conference in June.
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.
To learn more about the technical programs offered in the NACC Workforce Development Division, go to https://www.nacc.edu/programs-of-study/tech-programs.
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