(Marietta, Ga. – April 2, 2013) A group of 14 Chattahoochee Technical College students competed recently in the annual Skills USA Leadership Conference at the Georgia International Convention Center. The event, which includes a large career fair, seminars, and a chance to network with other students in various fields of study, culminates with a multi-location competition covering approximately 100 areas of technical, health and service education.
Competing in such as areas as automotive technology, welding, electrical wiring, culinary, and motorcycle repair, students from Chattahoochee Technical College tested their skills against other students in the enrolled in trade, technical and skills service professions. According to Automotive Technology Instructor Kevin Ruby, the event is largest such competition in the state.
“There were thousands of high school and college students participating in different aspects of the event,” Ruby explained. “In addition to those thousands of students and advisors, there were more than 300 supporters from industry. The Chattahoochee Technical College booth got lots of attention and nearly all brochures and flyers where handed out.”
Chattahoochee Technical College Medalists include:
• Sara Mellars of Smyrna in Commercial Baking
• Michael Courembis of Marietta in Automotive Service Technology
• Melissa White of Kennesaw in Culinary Arts – Up Front Service
• David Hamby of Dacula in Motorcycle Service Technology
• Michael Edwards of Acworth in Motorcycle Service Technology
• Fortino Hernandez Castillo of Canton in Industrial Motor Control
The SkillsUSA National Championships is held each year in Kansas City, Missouri. Contestants who earn gold medals at the state level are invited to continue on to the national level. The national competition will be held in Kansas City in this June.
Skills USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing high school and college students for careers in technical, trade, and skilled service occupations through local, state, and national programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills, emphasizing total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride in the dignity of work. Skills USA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities.