16 May, 2017
Gadsden State Community College students earned nine gold medals, six silver medals and eight bronze medals during the recent Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championship held in Birmingham and at various locations around the state.
Technical students from the Ayers, East Broad and Valley Street campuses competed with more than 1,700 students in over 80 different categories including carpentry, precision machining, HVACR, automotive refinishing, automated manufacturing, job skill demonstration and cosmetology.
“These students are great representatives of our College and the community college system as a whole,” said Tim Green, dean of technical education and workforce development. “We are very proud of their success at the SkillsUSA competition.”
The nine first-place winners will represent Gadsden State at the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 19-23 in Louisville, Ky.
Students finishing in first place and earning gold medals are Camron Dilley (Southside) in CNC Milling; William Mann (Gadsden) in HVAC; Houston Jordan (Anniston) in Technical Drafting; Charles Harris (Altoona) in Collision Repair; Lauren Harris (Munford) in Prepared Speech; Clevious Porter (Talladega) in Automotive Refinishing Technology and the team of Casey Finch (Anniston), Nolan Phillips (Ohatchee) and Luke Smith (Albertville) in Automated Manufacturing Technology.
Students earning silver medals and finishing in second place include Jacob Harrelson (Pleasant Valley) in Industrial Motor Controls; Dustin Lindsey (Trussville) in HVAC; Joshua Ghavassi (Southside) in CNC Technician; Reese Owensby (Choccolocco) in Electrical Construction Wiring; Jenna Quinn (Weaver) in Esthetics and Summer Walden (Southside) in CNC Turning.
Bronze medals for finishing in third place were awarded to John Hollard (Sardis) in CNC Turning; Julie Daugherty (Gadsden) in Men’s Hair Design; Marcus Wilson (Sylacauga) in Collision Repair; Marshall Grant Griffin (Glencoe) in HVAC; Carlos Santillan (Oxford) in Electrical Construction Wiring and the team of Chad Hayes (Pinson); Clint Varner (Moody) and Tony Zito (Ashville) in Automated Manufacturing Technology.
Gadsden State was also represented at the skills competition by Marista Otwell (Ranburne) in Job Interview and Natiyah Toson (Anniston) in Customer Service.
Program advisors for students competing include Kristi Clifton (Esthetics/Men’s Hair Design), Bruce Hill (Collision Repair), Joe Hulsey (HVACR), Brandon Patterson (Automotive Refinishing Technology), David Smith (CNC Milling/CNC Turning/ Automotive Manufacturing Technology), James Wilson (Automotive Manufacturing Technology/Technical Drafting), Laura Sullins (Prepared Speech/Job Interview/Customer Service) and Tony Thrower (Electrical Construction Wiring/Industrial Motor Controls).
“We have some of the finest technical instructors in the state working on our campuses,” Green said. “They are committed to the mission of developing students who excel in skills competitions and who are prepared to compete for jobs in today’s workforce.”
The SkillsUSA competition is a partnership among students, teachers, schools, and industry working together to showcase talent. The national organization for college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service profession instructional programs including allied health occupations represents more than 300,000 students and instructors. SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
For more information about Gadsden State technical programs visit www.gadsdenstate.edu.