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Calhoun Students Place in Nation’s Top Ten at 2016 SkillsUSA Conference

July 5, 2016

Six students representing Calhoun Community College brought home top national awards earned in competition during the recent SkillsUSA National conference in Louisville, Kentucky. All Calhoun students honored placed in the Top Ten within their respective categories.  Calhoun students earning top honors were:

  • Kyle Brakke (Decatur, Alabama) and Collin Gaddes (Huntsville, Alabama) won 2nd place in Additive Manufacturing;
  • Ms. Lee Game of Gurley, Alabama, placed 3rd place in the Related Technical Math category;
  • Caleb Kobeck of Ardmore, Alabama, placed 5th in the Architectural category;
  • Tim Smith of Courtland, Alabama, placed 7th in the Customer Service category; and
  • Nathan Steele of Decatur, Alabama, placed 7th in Electrical Construction Wiring. 

Commenting on one of the newest award categories, Chris Kennedy, Alabama SkillsUSA State Director, said, “Alabama made history this year! This was the first year that we offered the Additive Manufacturing contest at the state level and we placed 2nd in the nation. Congratulations, Kyle Brakke and Collin Gaddes of Calhoun Community College.”

“We are extremely proud of these fine students who have not only distinguished themselves within our state but also on the national level,” said Calhoun president Dr. Jim Klauber.  “The awards they have earned are indeed indicative of the level of skill they have developed in their respective disciplines as well as the outstanding instruction they have received from the faculty in their programs,” Klauber added.


About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student to excel. SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).  More than 300,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. Combining alumni and lifetime membership, the total number served this year is more than 360,000. SkillsUSA has served more than 12.2 million members since its founding in 1965.