Calhoun Students Big Winners in 2014 Alabama SkillsUSA Competition
Several students representing Calhoun Community College recently attended the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership conference in Birmingham, earning five 1st place, four 2nd place, and four 3rd place medals in competition. The Calhoun winners were:
First Place Winners:
-Nick Cordier, Madison, AL - Computer Maintenance
-Jacob Rippy, Madison, AL - Cosmetology
-Lena Sledge, Madison, AL - TV/Video Production (first year Calhoun has competed in this category)
-Thomas Rutherford, Hatton, AL - Architectural Drafting
-William Johnson, Athens, AL - Internetworking
Second Place Winners:
-Justin Renshaw, Decatur, AL - Internetworking
-Rebecca Jones, Huntsville, AL - Architectural Drafting
-Thomas Steele, Hartselle, AL - Technical Drafting
-Hunter Partridge, Madison, AL - Precision Machining
Third Place Winners:
-Ronald Campbell, Sheffield, AL - Job Skill Demonstration
-Nelson Sanchez, Decatur, AL - CNC Milling
-Jared Bailey, Athens, AL - CNC Turning
-Calista Blankenship, Sommerville, AL - Job Interview
All gold medal (first place) winners will automatically go on to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in June 23-28 in Kansas City, MO.
SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, is a national non-profit organization devoted to preparing students for careers in technical, skilled, and service occupations. It serves more than 300,000 high school, college, and professional members. Alabama currently has close to 9,000 members.
Calhoun's SkillsUSA Chapter advisors are instructors Nick Agrawal (Computer Information Systems); Nina Bullock (Drafting); Steve Smith (Machine Tool Technology); Mark Rose (Industrial Technology) and Collis Sims (Electrical Technology).