Georgia Students Earn 71 Medals at SkillsUSA National Competition

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Wins 9 Medals Among Recognitions

LOUISVILLE, KY.—Georgia placed second in the U.S. for the number of medals awarded at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Ky. Georgia middle school, high school and technical college students who progressed to the 2018 SkillsUSA National Conference, after winning at the state-level competition, brought home a combined total of 71 medals.

“Every year, our students are so excited to be a part of the SkillsUSA challenge to showcase the training they’ve received at one of Georgia’s technical colleges,” said Matt Arthur, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “The fact that Georgia’s students placed second nationwide is a testament to the quality of talent Georgia is developing for the workforce.”

The top three TCSG college winners were Wiregrass Georgia Technical College with nine medals, followed by Gwinnett Technical College with five medals, and Albany Technical College with four medals. The Dr. John Scott Award for highest scoring individual competitor in Georgia Postsecondary went to Kellie Tucker from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in the Medical Terminology contest. The Curtiss Bell Award for highest scoring team competitors in Georgia Postsecondary went to the Community Service team—Bridget Crudden, Amber Parton, and Blake Royals—from Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was also named one of the 24 Model of Excellence chapters nationwide, the first Georgia postsecondary chapter to be selected. The SkillsUSA National Model of Excellence program recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace, and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities. Specifically, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College was selected as one of eight chapters to represent workplace skills and participated in several unique activities during the national conference, including a special recognition dinner with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

About the Technical College System of Georgia

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit TCSG.edu

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 360,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: SkillsUSA.org

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Contact: Mark D’Alessio

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