On April 19 and 20, two-year college students from across the state competed in the 35th annual SkillsUSA Louisiana Post-secondary Championships hosted by SOWELA Technical Community College.
More than 200 community and technical college students matched their abilities against their peers’ in various career and
technical education contests, which were designed and judged by over 63 experts from local business and industry. More than one hundred medals were awarded, 52 gold, 27 silver, and 23 bronze. This year’s competition was one of the largest in its history. Gold medal winners are now eligible to compete in the national SkillsUSA championships in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 25-29, 2018.
“We are proud of the effort displayed by our student competitors at the SkillsUSA state championships,” said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “This competition allows students to put into practice what they learn in our classrooms and labs. The categories and the programs we offer are aligned with statewide labor demands, and are at the core of what our colleges do every day, which is preparing students for the workforce and real-life experiences in a competitive environment.”
Participants competed in 37 skill areas including architectural drafting, collision repair technology, culinary arts, electrical, industrial motor control, practical nursing, welding, early childhood education and other in-demand career fields.
State Officer elections were also held at the competition. The 2018 officers are Kimberly Hayes, president, Baton Rouge Community College; Brittany Ducote, vice president, SOWELA Technical Community College; Jacqueline Limbrick, secretary/treasurer, SOWELA Technical Community College; Sara Patterson, reporter/historian, Bossier Parish Community College; and, Emily Barmore, parliamentarian, Bossier Parish Community College .
SkillsUSA is a national organization with more than 300,000 members and is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens and prepares students with employability skills that industry values.
Leslie Bean of Nunez Community College won a gold medal in First Aid/CPR.