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CGTC Students Place at Skills USA State Competition

Warner Robins — Students from Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) in Macon and Warner Robins traveled to Atlanta March 13-16 to compete in the Georgia SkillsUSA state competition. CGTC brought home medals in seven different competitions, including six gold medals. Gold medal winners are now eligible to compete at the SkillsUSA National Championships in June in Kansas City, Missouri.

Gold medal winners were Supporia Yates of Lizella for Prepared Speech; Dawn Hall of Warner Robins for Job Interview; Kristen Nelson of Byron for Job Skills Demonstration-Open; Maria Ramos of Fort Valley for Cosmetology; the team of Cameron Evans of Rentz and Daniel Barroso of Byron for Television/Video Production; and the team of Pamela Jordan of Macon, Deana Hawkins of Macon, and Petti Davis of Macon for Chapter Display. Additionally, a team of CGTC students participated in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies competition and received silver medals. Team members are Shaniqua Oliver of Macon, Kameron Golden of Macon, Gena Howell of Forsyth, Jeannie Emory of Macon, Norm Wright of Macon, Deloris Martin of Macon, Bhane Williams of Macon, and Rebecca Arp of Forsyth.

Other CGTC students attending included Aaron Holmes of Macon, Extemporaneous Speaking; James Knight of Bonaire, HVAC and Refrigeration; Mohamed Eloamda of Warner Robins and Savannah Coffelt of Musella, Related Technical Math; Ashley Orange of Warner Robins and Tabatha Taylor of Gray, Medical Math; Peggy Clark of Milledgeville, Christy Tyler of Gordon, and Sandra Harrison of Milledgeville, Medical Terminology.

CGTC SkillsUSA advisors and program instructors attending the conference included Benita Stallings, Melissa Williams, Jeff Cope, Brian McDaniel, Terrell Small, Belle Bush, Tiffani Strickland, Deborah Higgins, Betty Finney, Jessica Smith, and Marcus Early.

“All of our SkillsUSA competitors did well and are champions for putting forth the effort to prepare and compete against the best from other schools. This competition is an eye-opening experience and gives our students an opportunity to showcase their skills in a real-world setting,” said Dr. Bruce Foster, executive director for Campus Life. “The advisors for this organization are also to be commended for the support they give each of the students to prepare and compete at this event. The number of gold medals earned by CGTC students speaks volumes of the quality technical education each student is receiving at the college.”

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skills service occupations, including health occupations. The SkillsUSA program hosts local, state, and national competitions for students to showcase their skills learned through hands-on training in the classroom.


Submitted by Janet Kelly
March 21, 2014


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