FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2014
GTCC students Sara Apple, Dee
Locklear and Zachary Luckett won a bronze medal in crime scene
investigation at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills
Conference June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
JAMESTOWN, N.C. - Guilford Technical Community
College claimed two national medals last week at the 50th Annual
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Erskin Tillery of Greensboro (pictured below) won a silver medal
in Telecommunications Cabling. Tillery received a bronze medal in
the same category at last year's national competition.
"I expected Erskin to be a strong competitor this year," said
Chad Phillips, interim department chair of Electronics Engineering
Technology and Telecommunications and Network Engineering
Technology Telecommunications Technology at GTCC, and Tillery's
SkillsUSA advisor. "He has worked very hard to identify and fill in
gaps in his knowledge and skills. This year, he has become more
independent and self-driven."
Sara Apple, Dee Locklear (both of Greensboro) and Zachary Luckett
of Summerfield won a bronze medal in Crime Scene Investigation, a
"This was a very good year for GTCC," said Jeff Faircloth,
SkillsUSA chapter advisor and department chair of Automotive
Systems Technology at GTCC. "GTCC students represented N.C. very
Seventeen GTCC students and 11 faculty advisors attended the
contest June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo. and competed in 14 different
contests including dental assisting, CNC milling, aviation
maintenance technology and collision repair technology. In addition
to the medal winners, the following six GTCC students finished in
the top 10 in the nation:
• Carly Bell of Greensboro, Advertising Design,
• Kent Jerrett of Greensboro, CNC Milling,
• Tanya Malinovsky of Walkertown, Criminal
• Sarah Mayer of Jamestown, Restaurant
• Jessica Clifton of Eden, Dental Assisting,
• Amanda Heaston of High Point, Health
Occupations Professional Portfolio, fourth.
This is the fourth consecutive year GTCC has competed in the
national criminal justice and crime scene investigation contests,
and the third consecutive year the students brought home a medal,
says Eric Holloman, SkillsUSA faculty advisor and department chair
of Criminal Justice at GTCC.
"We believed wholeheartedly that they would medal," Holloman
said of GTCC's CSI team. "They were that good."
The key to earning a medal, he says, is committing the time.
About nine months out of the year, Holloman and fellow faculty
advisors Susan Powell and Andy Russell, along with other criminal
justice team members, spend an average of two to three hours a week
preparing students for the state and national SkillsUSA
competitions. The majority of the training involves more in-depth
curriculum outside of the students' traditional coursework.
"It's a lot of commitment, and it's a lot of learning," Holloman
said. "But we do it because we want to help the students
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high
school and college students who are preparing for careers in
technical, skilled and service occupations.
Through its local, state and national competitions, students
demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.
At this year's national competition, more than 5,800 career and
technical education students - all state winners - from across the
United States competed in more than 100 different trade, technical
and leadership fields, occupying space equivalent to more than 16
Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of
58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves
more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and
three specialized centers. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.
- Carla Kucinski/GTCC