Savannah Technical College Students Honored at Annual SkillsUSA Workforce Development Event

Press Release from SkillsUSA: Savannah-area students won prizes in workplace skills, technical trades and service.

Career and technical students from Savannah and surrounding areas recently won one of the nation's highest awards at the 2024 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Atlanta on June 26–27. More than 6,000 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill competition in the world and covers 1.79 million square feet, equivalent to 31 football fields or 41 acres.

The following regional students received a SkillsUSA Championships medal and Skill Point Certificate:

Alex Rodriguez, from Metter and a student at Savannah Technical College (Savannah), was awarded the college silver medal in Barbering.

Demetrius Bryant, from Hinesville and a student at Savannah Technical College (Savannah), was awarded the college bronze medal in Mobile Electronics Installation.

Marcos Viera, from Hinesville and a student at Savannah Technical College was awarded the college bronze medal in Sheet Metal.

Team A (consisting of Nautica Hendry, Crystal Sapp, Corina Stewart), from Savannah Technical College was awarded the College Bronze medal in Community Service.

Team A (consisting of Janine Lowry, Debra Perez, Angel McCollum)
, from Savannah Technical College was awarded the College Bronze medal in Promotional Bulletin Board.

Team A (consisting of William Smith, Scott Szurley, Aiden Cimadevilla), from Savannah Technical College, was awarded the College Gold medal in Occupational Health and Safety-Single.

Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 115 hands-on competitions including robotics, automotive technology, drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance, and public speaking. Industry leaders from 850 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. More than 1,200 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

A total of 1,250 gold, silver and bronze medals were presented to students on Friday, June 28 at the SkillsUSA Awards Session. Many winners also received industry prizes, tools of their trade or scholarships. The medalists also received a Skill Point Certificate representing workplace readiness in the student's occupational specialty. Students can add the certificate to an employment portfolio. As an indicator of proficiency, Skill Point Certificates were awarded to all national contestants who medaled or who met a threshold contest score for their event.

click to enlarge Savannah Technical College Students Honored at Annual SkillsUSA Workforce Development Event
SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis
"More than 6,000 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2024 SkillsUSA Championships," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Chelle Travis. "This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates SkillsUSA at its finest. Our students, instructors and industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This program expands learning and career opportunities for our members."

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference. The national, nonprofit partnership of students, instructors, and industry is a verified talent pipeline for America's skilled workforce that is working to help solve the skills gap.

About SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA is America's proud champion of the skilled trades. It's a student-led partnership of education and industry that's building the skilled workforce our nation depends on with graduates who are career ready, day one. Representing nearly 380,000 career and technical education students and teachers, SkillsUSA chapters thrive in middle schools, high schools and college/postsecondary institutions nationwide. SkillsUSA's mission empowers students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders and responsible community members. That mission is accomplished through the SkillsUSA Framework of Personal Skills, Workplace Skills and Technical Skills Grounded in Academics, which is integrated into the classroom curriculum.

Through Framework instruction, students develop the character-shaping leadership skills—teamwork, communication, professionalism and more—that successful careers and lives demand. At the same time, students hone their high-level technical skills against current industry standards in more than 130 skilled trade areas, from 3-D Animation to Welding.

The result? Focused, confident and highly skilled graduates who are ready to work, ready to lead and ready to make a difference in schools, workplaces and communities. A vital solution to the skills gap, where more in-demand skilled trades positions are available than qualified professionals to fill them, SkillsUSA has served more than 14 million difference-making members since 1965.

To learn more, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

     

Heike Currie

Connect Savannah Executive Editor
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