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NCC Students Awarded at State Leadership and Skills Conference


Nash Community College students ranked among the top in North Carolina at the SkillsUSA State Conference held April 26-28, 2017 in Greensboro.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Participation helps students excel through educational programs, leadership opportunities, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE). NCC students enrolled in Welding, Industrial Systems Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assisting, Computer-Integrated Machining, Culinary Arts, and Criminal Justice programs are invited to be part of the NCC SkillsUSA Chapter which received its charter in September 2016.

At the State Conference, NCC was recognized with the Quality Chapter Award, and honored for having the largest post secondary chapter membership in North Carolina. The Chapter also earned the 100 Club Award for having more than 100 members. Each student member of the NCC chapter board was selected as an outstanding contributor for their contributions towards establishing and running the largest chapter in only a few short months.

“Each year, SkillsUSA North Carolina presents its prestigious Champion Award to an individual from education or industry who has shown, through their actions, that they understand the value of SkillsUSA in transforming the lives of students and preparing America’s future workforce,” Peyton Holland, SkillsUSA North Carolina Executive Director said. NCC President, Dr. Bill Carver, was awarded the Champion Award. “Dr. Carver not only understands the value of SkillsUSA and the importance of instilling personal, workplace and technical skills in his students at Nash Community College, but he has taken steps to ensure that every eligible student has the opportunity to develop those skill sets through Nash Community College and SkillsUSA,” Holland said.

Congratulations to the following Nash Community College students who placed at the SkillsUSA State Conference:


Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Emily Wagner
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Stephanie Ashley
Welding: NCC Student Jamey Richardson


Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Margie Harper
Crime Scene Investigation: NCC Students Harley Crowder, Jessica Flood, Lesli Garnica Luis
Culinary Arts: NCC Student Summer McLaughlin
Industrial Motor Control: NCC Student Joshua West
Job Interview: Maci Strickland, NCC Medical Assisting Student


CNC Milling Specialist: NCC Student Steven Smith
Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Jasmine Boose
Customer Service: Hannah Lofty, NCC Cosmetology Student
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Angelica Hernandez
Nail Care: NCC Student Niza Fernandez

Fourth Place:

CNC Technician: NCC Student Jonathan Perry
CNC Turning Specialist: NCC Student Cody Johnson
Cosmetology: NCC Student Misty Hedgepeth
Culinary Arts: NCC Student Nicholas Smith
Esthetics: NCC Student Gabrielle Simmons
Fantasy Hair and Makeup: NCC Student Jamal Crews
Welding Fabrication: NCC Students Spencer Cox, Jacob Moore, Nicholas Moss

Fifth Place:

Esthetics: NCC Student Shakera Lawrence
Cosmetology Beginner Skills: NCC Student Denise Coley
Medical Assisting: NCC Student Franziska Gassaway

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