Calhoun Students Big Winners in 2011 Alabama SkillsUSA Competition


Several students from Calhoun Community College recently attended the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership conference in Birmingham. The students participated in several competitions, bringing home four 1st place, six 2nd place and two 3rd place medals.   The Calhoun winners were:

First Place Winners:
Heath Hunter – Technical Drafting  (Hazel Green)
Brian West – Computer Maintenance Technology (Madison)
Christopher Thomason – State Only-Men Hair (Decatur)
Steven Carver – Internetworking (Harvest)

Second Place Winners: 
James McNeill – Architectural Drafting (Decatur)
Larry Tubb – CNC Turning Technology (Athens)
Kyle Roberson – CNC Milling Technology (Somerville)
Daniela Saracutu – Technical Computer Applications (Athens)
Megan Dearman – Cosmetology (Decatur)
Rebecca Danford – Prepared Speech (Athens)

Third Place Winners
Nick Huff – Residential Wiring (Moulton)
Thomas Steele – Job Skills Demonstration A (Hartselle)

All gold medal (first place)  winners automatically go on to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held next month in Kansas City, MO.

Calhoun student Ashley Clem was also selected to participate in the Alabama state SkillsUSA officer training program to be conducted this summer.

SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, is a national non-profit organization, is 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); Tad Montgomery (Machine Tool Technology); Mark Rose ( Industrial Technology) and Collis Sims (Electrical Technology).


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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