Nash Community College attends SkillsUSA National Championship Competition
Contributed by SkillsUSA North Carolina
Josiah Carpenter won Silver and received a Skill Point Proficiency Certificate in the SkillsUSA national championship competition in Electronics Technology.
Hannah Nguyen won Silver and received a Skill Point Proficiency Certificate in the SkillsUSA national championship competition in Job Interview.
In the MOE presentations, Adrienne Williamson and Matthew Sessoms represented Nash Community College. 781 chapters applied for the Chapter of Excellence. 24 schools were chosen for Models of Excellence. Nash Community College was 1 of 8 schools chosen for the Workplace component.
The SkillsUSA Championships took place in Atlanta June 19-23, 2023, as part of the 59th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the conference over 15,000 people attended the conference, with over 6500 outstanding career and technical education student state contest winners competing in 110 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. 510 North Carolinians from 45 high schools, 22 community colleges, and 4 middle schools participated in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
During the national competition, Team Nash students and other 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 the industry sets test competencies. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills in several Leadership Development competitions, including prepared and extemporaneous speaking and engaging in individual and team presentations.
Top student winners received gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships are for high school, middle school, and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
North Carolina was very well represented in the SkillsUSA Championships, earning a total of 76 medallions. Students earned 22 gold, 35 silver, and 19 bronze medallions.
SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (V.I.C.A.) to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work while helping 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. With the addition of our alumni, membership last year was over 400,000. SkillsUSA receives in-kind and financial support from more than 650 national partners. SkillsUSA has served more than 14 million members since 1965. For more information, go to SkillsUSA.org and SkillsUSAnc.org.