GTCC Students Earn Top Rankings at SkillsUSA

Published on: July 6, 2018
GTCC students recently competed in the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Students Chandler Beamon (far left) and Brittny Philemon (right) and earned a bronze medal for their performance in web design. Alex Millikan (top right) also secured a spot to compete in the 2019 WorldSkills Competition in Russia in aviation maintenance technology.

JAMESTOWN, N.C.  — Guilford Technical Community College students earned top 10 rankings at the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 25-30 in Louisville, Kentucky. For the first time, GTCC had a team compete in web design with students Chandler Beamon and Brittny Philemon earning a bronze medal for their performance.

In addition, Alex Millikan who won a gold medal at last year’s event in aviation maintenance technology secured a spot to compete in the 2019 WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia. He will be among participants from 70 countries competing in over 50 skill competitions. 

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. More than 16,000 people including students, teachers and business partners participated in the weeklong event.

Fifteen GTCC students competed across skilled trade areas including automotive refinishing technology, aviation, CNC milling, culinary arts, cosmetology, computer programming and web design. The following students placed in the top ten in their respective contests:

  • Chandler Beamon, Web Design (3rd place)
  • Brittny Philemon, Web Design (3rd place)
  • Jerricka Braswell, Health Occupations Professional Portfolio (4th place)
  • Rodney Fleming, Aviation Maintenance Technician (6th place)
  • Asia Mininall, Barbering (6th place)
  • Daniel Anderson, First Aid/CPR (6th place)
  • Troy Sanford, Computer Programming (6th place)
  • Brian Wilson, CNC Milling Specialist (8th place)
  • Najah Hines, Restaurant Service (9th place)
  • Chad Keesee, Motorcycle Service Technology (10th place)


Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 35,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at

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