NCC, Industry Partners Celebrate SkillsUSA Week

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NCC SkillsUSA Pep Rally

Nash Community College hosted a celebration Monday promoting technical training in honor of SkillsUSA Week, February 3-9, 2019. Special guest Peyton Holland, executive director of North Carolina SkillsUSA, along with Dr. Bill Carver, NCC’s president, welcomed students encouraging them in their preparation for local technical careers.

Representatives from Channellock, Inc. attended the event promoting the work of future trade workers, facilitating classroom discussions and conducting NCC student interviews. The company is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools, and the lead sponsor of SkillsUSA Week 2019.

Special thanks to Edwards, Inc. for providing door prizes at the event.

“We are incredibly honored to be working with SkillsUSA in an official capacity as a National Partner this year,” said Ryan DeArment, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “At Channellock, we believe in supporting trade schools and our future skilled workers. SkillsUSA provides great opportunities for career and technical based education. With advances in technology and a skilled labor shortage, these industry skills are more important than ever.”

There is a growing need for skilled labor in the United States with the average skilled trade worker today approaching retirement age. Nearly 10 million new skilled workers will be needed by 2020.

Nash Community College’s SkillsUSA chapter is a partnership of students, instructors, and industry working together to address industry needs and promoting a skilled local workforce. Participation helps students excel by providing educational programs, leadership opportunities, events and competitions that support career and technical education.

Students enrolled in Nash Community College’s Computer Engineering Technology, Cosmetology, Electronic Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems, Automotive, Culinary, Medical Assisting, Computer-Integrated Machining, Welding, Criminal Justice, and Advertising and Graphic Design programs are invited to participate in the SkillsUSA Chapter.

In an effort to inspire the next generation of world-class workers, SkillsUSA serves more than 360,000 students and instructors annually. “SkillsUSA is focused on closing the nation’s skills gap,” said Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director. “We provide opportunities for students, teachers and industry workers to collaborate and improve within their respective trade while promoting skilled education. Our company partners like Channellock help us achieve our mission through their support by helping us to engage, excite and educate the next generation.”