Chattahoochee Technical College student Mitchell Georgiana, of Cobb County, earned a Silver Medal in Criminal Justice at the national SkillsUSA Championships held recently in Louisville, Kentucky.
“When my name was called and placed on the big screen monitor in the arena, an overwhelming sense of excitement and accomplishment flooded over me,” said Georgiana. “It was a high honor representing the state of Georgia and Chattahoochee Tech among the many other states and schools present. The feeling of hearing my name called as a medalist was priceless.”
The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation, according to the national, nonprofit organization SkillsUSA. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Georgiana brought home the gold medal at Georgia’s statewide SkillsUSA competition held earlier this year in Atlanta. At the national competition, he competed with state winners from across the nation. He credits his positive experience at Chattahoochee Tech with preparing him for the contest as well as guiding him in the pursuit of a career in law enforcement.
“My experience at Chattahoochee Tech was above and beyond what I ever expected. I enjoyed every second of being at Chattahoochee Tech in the Criminal Justice Technology program, whether it was being in class learning or helping out in the community being involved with the Public Safety Club,” said Georgiana. “The knowledge I gained from my amazing instructors in the Criminal Justice program is irreplaceable.”
More than 6,500 outstanding career and technical education students competed hands-on at the national competition in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields, according to SkillsUSA. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations that included criminal justice, electronics, computer-aided drafting, and medical assisting. The contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and tested competencies that are set by industry.
SkillsUSA offers a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. More than 345,000 students and advisors are reported to join SkillsUSA each year, organized into more than 19,000 local chapters.