Forty-three students and fifteen instructors from Wilkes Community College travelled to Kansas City, Mo., recently for the national SkillsUSA conference and contest. Out of 7,800 student competitors from across the nation, 34 of the 43 WCC students placed in the top 15 positions. WCC’s student medal count was four silvers and seven bronzes. The competition began on Saturday June, 23, 2012. Students competed Sunday through Wednesday, showcasing their knowledge and skills in their selected career fields. Hardin Kennedy, WCC SkillsUSA advisor said, “These placements prove that Wilkes Community College students and instructors are a step above the rest.” Kennedy went on to say, “It is evident that WCC produces a workforce second to none, especially with all of the students placing in the top 1% of America’s workforce. WCC students earned almost half of the medals awarded to the state of North Carolina.” Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
The list of the WCC Student winners includes: Staci Ingram and Tyler Lambert – 3D Visualization and Animation team, 7th place; Joseph Bliss – Architectural Drafting, 17th place; John Miller – Cabinet Making, 19th place; Nathan Scott – Carpentry, 23rd place; Bryant Mumpower – CNC Turning, 18th place; Toby Evans – Collision Repair, 14th place; Kasey Prevette, Ryan Reavis and Blake Shumate – Community Service Team, 6th place; Diamond Little – Customer Service, 3rd place; Alyson Johnson – Dental Assisting, 6th place; Patrick Murphy – Diesel Equipment Technology, 11th place; Shane Davis, Drew Lovette and John Souther – Engineering Design Technology Team, 2nd place; Douglas Cline – First Aid/CPR,6th place; Lori Eller, Yvette Gooch, Amber Minton and Steven Sloan – Health Knowledge Bowl Team, 4th place; Sara Lowry – Health Occupation Professional Portfolio, 3rd place; Graylin Martin – Industrial Motor Control, 23rd place; Chad Spears – Internetworking, 2nd place; Brandie Stone – Job Interview, 6th place; Adam Miller and Derek Rhodes – Mechatronics, 5th place; Cody Amburn – Medical Assisting, 4th place; Blair Sudderth – Medical Terminology, 3rd place; Shayla Adkins – Photography, 10th place; Tim Pickett – Plumbing, 5th place; Chris Shumate – Practical Nursing, 10th place; Kasey Osborn and Holly Underwood – Promotional Bulletin Board, 6th place; David Miller, Jacob Shepherd, Luke Walsh and Jeremy Wishon – Teamworks Team, 3rd place; Paula Stacey – Technical Computer Applications, 13th place; Brian Johnson – Technical Drafting, 12th place; Jamie Trivette – Telecommunications Cabling, 6th place; Nathan Church – Welding, 38th place; Wesley Blackwell, Ryan Hancock and Jordan Vance – Welding Fabrication Team, 18th place.