CTC SkillsUSA Community Service Team Brings Home Medal

Congratulations to Columbus Technical College’s community service team for placing third nationwide at the recent SkillsUSA competition, earning a bronze medal! The College was well-represented on the national stage in Kansas City in late June. That’s because 13 gold medal winners and their advisors competed for top spots in the annual SkillsUSA competition. More than 15,000 people—including students, teachers and business partners participated in the week-long event.

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The Columbus Tech SkillsUSA Team before they left for the national competition in Kansas City.

The SkillsUSA Championships was held on Thursday, June 27 in H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium. Nearly 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed hands-on in 98 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Columbus Tech competed in technical drafting, community service, health knowledge bowl, major appliance technology, related technical math, and welding fabrication.

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SkillsUSA community service team faculty advisor, Alicia Anderson (center), gardens with student volunteers.

Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.

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The fruit (actually vegetables) of their labor of love! All food harvested will help those served by Hope Harbour – a battered women’s shelter in Columbus.

Contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industries. Leadership contestants even demonstrated skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.