Calhoun to Host Skills Extravaganza for Area High School Students


Area high school students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to compete in a realistic environment before attending events such as the Alabama SkillsUSA Conference as they take part in the 4th Annual Skills Extravaganza, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in the Aerospace Training Center at Calhoun Community College’s Decatur campus.

Calhoun hosts the event each year as a precursor and preparation for students before they participate in state and national skills competitions.  According to Bethany Shockney, dean for Business, Technologies, and Workforce Development at Calhoun, students will compete in a number of areas and disciplines to include the following:  cosmetology, computer networking, computer programming, CNC turning and milling, drafting (architectural and mechanical), HVAC, job interview, machine tool technology, nail technology, and welding. 

“The students taking part in our Skills Extravaganza event will compete in contests which are based on performance standards equal to or greater than the SkillsUSA technical standards,” said Shockney.   “These students will be able to measure their ability and prepare for reality, increase their competitive awareness, and align their expectations for success through real-world, hands-on activities,” Shockney added.

Over 150 students have registered for the competition, representing the following schools:

  • Allen Thornton Career Technical Center (Killlen)
  • Arab High School
  • Brewer High School
  • Central High School (Florence)
  • Etowah County Career Technical Center
  • Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (Hollywood)
  • Gadsden City High School
  • Huntsville Center of Technology
  • Lawrence County Career and Technology Center
  • Limestone County Career Technical School
  • Madison County Career and Technical Center
  • Winston County Technical Center
For more information on the 2014 Skills Extravaganza, visit the Calhoun website at or call 256-306-2649.

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