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Students Awarded at SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

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Seven Nash Community College students won, ranked or received a Skill Point Proficiency Certificate in the SkillsUSA national championship competition held June 20-24, 2022 in Atlanta, GA.

The SkillsUSA Championships were part of the 58th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students. During the conference, approximately 5200 outstanding career and technical education student state contest winners competed in over 100 different hands-on trade, technical, and leadership fields.

These NCC students are champions in their dedication to their trade excellence and leadership skills.

  • Cameron Rogerson, 3rd place in Electronics Technology, bronze medal
  • Desiree Richardson, Taliya Lynch, and Adria Blue, 3rd place in Promotional Bulletin Board, bronze medal
  • Hannah Nguyen, 4th place in Job Interview, Skill Point Proficiency Certificate
  • Harley Lancaster, 2nd place in Medical Assisting, Skill Point Proficiency Certificate, silver medal
  • Josiah Carpenter, 1st place in Technical Computer Applications, gold medal

Students from 37 high schools, 17 community colleges, and one middle school, totaling 375 participants, represented North Carolina at the national conference. North Carolinians earned 64 medallions (the third-highest total medal count in the nation) including 24 gold, 9 silver, and 31 bronze medallions.

During the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, automotive, welding, medical assisting, cosmetology, and culinary arts. All contests are run with the aid and support of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Top student winners received gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade or scholarships to further their careers and education.

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America to strengthen the United States’ skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has hundreds of thousands of members nationwide in high schools, middle schools, and colleges, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education.