SRTC students excel at SkillsUSA National Conference

Submitted photoOn the front row from left to right are Megan Cooper, Josh Fargnoli, Lead Skills USA Advisor Tifton campus Tammy Barnes, Instructor Moultrie IDC Ken Robison, and Skills USA Advisor Tifton campus Brad Simmons; back row, Jace Tison, Jake Rice, Felipe Rodriguez, Tim Minter, Logan Paramore, and Skills USA Advisor Moultrie IDC campus Stephen Mathi.

Late last month, the SkillsUSA Championships were held in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the SkillsUSA 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. The SkillsUSA Championships is the national-level competition for public high school and college/postsecondary technical students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America each year.

During the week, more than 6,800 outstanding career and technical education state level winners competed hands-on in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like Drafting, Welding, and Automotive Service Technology. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies, which are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

The SkillsUSA chapter of Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) was represented by Megan Cooper of Norman Park, who competed in Architectural Drafting, Logan Paramore of Sylvester, who competed in Cabinetmaking, Josh Fargnoli of Moultrie, who competed in Electrical Construction Wiring, and the Welding Fabrication team of Jake Rice of Ashburn, Felipe Rodriguez of Tifton, Jace Tison of Doles, and Tim Minter of Tifton. All of SRTC’s competitors placed in the top 20 nationwide, with Josh Fargnoli placing fourth in his field.

In addition, high scorers in the contests received Skill Point Certificates. A pinnacle achievement for SkillsUSA members as part of the Work Force Ready System is the awarding of Skill Point Certificates. Earning a Skill Point Certificate is a significant achievement that documents a student’s knowledge and abilities within a certain area. This criterion is developed and endorsed by industry representatives. Josh Fargnoli of Moultrie and Logan Paramore of Sylvester each received Skill Point Certificates in their fields, signifying that they achieved technical competencies and proficiency on the national level.

In addition to student winners, SRTC was recognized as a Quality Chapter in the Chapter Excellence Program (CEP). CEP honors chapter achievement relative to the SkillsUSA framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. The framework actualizes SkillsUSA’s mission “to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.” It also serves as the blueprint for career readiness. Paramount to framework success is the creation and implementation of an effective program of work — SkillsUSA’s planning tool for chapters. By participating in program of work activities, SkillsUSA chapters become conduits for meaningful student growth. The CEP recognizes these efforts by offering every chapter an opportunity to attain measurable competencies in pursuit of framework objectives. 

SRTC offers over 150 degree, diploma, and certificate programs that are designed to get students quickly into a desired career, and 28 general education courses that transfer to the University System of Georgia institutions and 19 private colleges and universities in Georgia. SRTC has instructional sites located in Ashburn, Cairo, Camilla, Moultrie, Thomasville, Tifton, and Sylvester for the convenience of its students. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. 

For the most up-to-date information on registration, class dates, and program offerings, log on to www.southernregional.edu or call (888) 205-3449. 

Fall semester 2019 begins August 20.