FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2014
JAMESTOWN - Guilford Technical Community College
shined last week at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference
in Greensboro, where 19 GTCC students placed first in the
competition. Seventeen of those students are eligible to compete in
the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
(NLSC) June 23-27 in Kansas City, Mo.
This year, 69 GTCC students competed in 26 contest areas
including automotive, aviation, CNC milling and CNC turning,
criminal justice, cosmetology, dental assisting, carpentry and
collision repair. Of the 69 who competed, 43 placed in the top five
in their respective contests. The competition was held April 9-11
at the Greensboro Coliseum, Joseph S. Koury Convention Center as
well as GTCC's Jamestown and Greensboro campuses.
GTCC students Kyle Gibbons of High Point and Jason Herrera of
Jamestown won second place in the Mechatronics contest. This is the
first time GTCC students have competed in this category.
Mechatronics uses a combination of mechanical and electrical
engineering, electronics, information technology and intelligent
systems in the design of products and computer integrated
"Students like Kyle and Jason are the cornerstone of the
mechatronics program. I'm very proud of them and our faculty who
helped prepare them," said Adrian Wright, SkillsUSA advisor and
department chair of mechatronics at GTCC. "The preparation for the
contest happens inside and outside of the classroom. In the
classroom they learn theory and get hands-on experience; outside
the classroom they meet two to three times a week reinforcing and
testing theory against their own designs. Competing in SkillsUSA
definitely increased their confidence level. They are tested under
pressure and are forced to work together as a team. Our local
industry is looking for these types of students."
GTCC student Erskin Tillery of Greensboro returned to the
competition this year, winning first place in Telecommunications
Cabling. Tillery won a bronze medal in Telecommunication Cabling at
the national contest last year.
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. Through its
local, state and national competitions, students demonstrate
occupational and leadership skills.
The following GTCC students placed fifth or higher in this year's
SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference:
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