Southern shines at SkillsUSA


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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Students Win Gold and Silver Medals at SkillsUSA Competition Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College students in Aesthetics, Nail Care, and Prepared Speech won gold and silver medals in the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference held March 31 – April 1, 2017.

Fairmont State College and Pierpont Community and Technical College hosted the event for approximately 950 students. Career and technical students from across the state of West Virginia competed against their peers in various skill areas including Additive Manufacturing, Advertising Design, Automotive Service Technology, Carpentry, Collision Repair Technology, Crime Scene Investigation, Culinary Arts, Electrical Construction Wiring, Firefighting, HVACR, Masonry, Mobile Robotics Technology, Nail Care, Nurse Assisting, Plumbing, Practical Nursing, Technical Computer Applications, Technical Drafting, Web Design and Welding Fabrication just to name a few.

Students also had the opportunity to compete in several leadership competitions including Chapter Business Procedure, Employment Application Process, Extemporaneous Speaking, Job Interview, Job Skill Demonstrations and Prepared Speech.

The competitions were judged by experts from industry and education, and prizes awarded are gold, silver, or bronze. Shane Blackburn, a Mechatronics student and Board of Governors student representative, brought home the gold medal for his skills in Prepared Speech. Helena Surber won a gold medal for her skills in Nail Care. Fellow Cosmetology student, Jadrian Saunders, served as Ms. Suber’s model for the competition. Cosmetology student, Chastidy Wiley, brought home a silver medal for her Aesthetics skills. Fellow student, Katelyn Thompson, served as her model.

Southern students also participated in the Welding and Welding Fabrication portions of the competition this year. Both the students and faculty involved agreed that the experience was invaluable to their education and skill development, and they are looking forward to future competitions.

The gold medal winners are eligible to advance to the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will take place in Louisville, KY, June 19-24, 2017.

“We are extremely proud of our students who competed and congratulate them,” said Southern’s President, Dr. Robert Gunter. “I am proud of the students who stepped into a leadership role to compete in this event for the first time and brought home gold and silver medals. This shows their amazing level of intellect and the quality of education they received at Southern to help them succeed in today’s workforce. I congratulate their instructors, Irma Colegrove, Sheridan Taylor, and John Evans for their excellent teaching skills. Also, congratulations to Rita Roberson, Director of Williamson Campus Operations and SkillsUSA WV Lead Advisor, and Rebecca Ferris, Administrative Secretary, Sr., for their volunteerism work above and beyond the call of duty to provide these students with an opportunity to participate in this competition.”

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