Calhoun Students Big Winners in 2013 Alabama SkillsUSA Competition
Several students representing Calhoun Community College recently attended the Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership conference in Birmingham, earning six 1st place, seven 2nd place, and two 3rd place medals in competition. The Calhoun winners were:
First Place Winners:
Paul Parker, Union Grove, AL – Architectural Drafting (received a $2000 Dept. of Postsecondary Education scholarship)
Robert Estes, Hartselle, AL – Technical Drafting (received a $2000 Dept. of Postsecondary Education scholarship)
Marc Spengler, Decatur, AL – Electrical Construction Wiring (received a $2000 Dept. of Postsecondary Education scholarship)
Scott Alford, Huntsville, AL – Computer Programming
Travis Crouse, Huntsville, AL – Computer Maintenance
Samantha Kirkland, Hartselle, AL – Job Skill Demonstration
Second Place Winners:
Thomas Steele, Hartselle, AL – Technical Drafting
Christina Howard, Anderson, AL – Job Interview
Daniel Starr, Oxford, AL – Computer Maintenance
Mercedes Hursh, Athens, AL – Job Skill Demonstration
Marcia Childers, Hartselle, AL – Automated Manufacturing
Shawn Anderson, Athens, AL - Automated Manufacturing
Gene Smith, Somerville, AL – Automated Manufacturing
Third Place Winners:
Hunter Partridge, Madison, AL– CNC Turning
Anthony Hardin, New Market, AL – Computer Programming
All gold medal (first place) winners will automatically go on to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference to be held in June in Kansas City, MO.
SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA, is a national non-profit organization 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); Steve Smith (Machine Tool Technology); Mark Rose ( Industrial Technology) and Collis Sims (Electrical Technology).