Calhoun Students Place in Nation’s Top Ten at 2012 SkillsUSA Conference


Patrick Rouse, a student enrolled in the Industrial Technology department at Calhoun Community College, brought home a Silver medal from the recent SkillsUSA National conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  Rouse, a resident of Owens Cross Roads, AL, and student of Calhoun faculty member Collis Sims, won second place in the nation in the Postsecondary division in the Industrial Motor Controls category.
 Two other Calhoun students placed in the top 10 in the nation within their respective areas:

* Brian West of Madison, Alabama, won 6th place in the Computer Maintenance category,  and
*  Kellis Anthony of Decatur, Alabama, won 9th place in the Technical Computer Applications category.

The SkillsUSA Championship is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in trade, technical, and skilled service profession instructional programs including allied health occupations. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America every year at an estimated cost of more than $35 million. Each SkillsUSA Championship contestant is a state-level gold medalist.

Begun in 1967, the SkillsUSA Championships has grown from 54 competitors in three contests to more than 5,400 competitors in 91 hands-on skill and leadership contests this year. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships to meet the demands of new and expanding occupation 

About SkillsUSA

Formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America), SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. We help each student excel.


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