Instructional Support Services Showcase Skills in Retention and Instruction

Columbus Technical College rolled out the red carpet Thursday for a statewide conference in postsecondary education. All regions of Georgia were represented at the annual postsecondary SkillsUSA challenge Thursday – Saturday, March 17 – 19.

Approximately 750 students and some 200 advisors from 25 technical colleges converged on Columbus Technical College for competitions in 45 different arenas like job interviewing, customer service, cosmetology, dental assisting, practical nursing, appliance technology, web design and many, many more. There were even some events held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta and at Columbus’ own Jordan High School. The winners at the state level will go on to compete on the national stage in Kansas City, Missouri.

The actual events heated up on Friday. The occupational-related, skilled and technical-sciences competitions started at 9:00AM while the leadership contests got underway at 10:00AM. The opening and closing/awards ceremonies were held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. Local radio personality Ed Bostic emceed the closing/awards ceremony.

"It is truly an honor that Columbus Technical College has been chosen to be the host school for the postsecondary SkillsUSA conference," said Columbus Tech president Bob Jones. "It speaks volumes of the reputation our institution has in the Columbus community and in the entire state of Georgia."

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together. The national nonprofit organization serves those preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. For more information on SkillsUSA, visit

NOTE: Photos and captions of registration, competition, ceremonies, etc. will be coming over the next few days.