ATLANTA, GA–Georgia placed third in the U.S. for the number of medals awarded at the SkillsUSA national competition. Georgia middle school, high school, and technical college students who progressed to the 2021 SkillsUSA National Conference, after winning at the state-level competition, brought home a combined total of 78 medals. Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) students won 53 medals at the National Competition.
“The SkillsUSA National Competition is a tremendous opportunity for Georgia’s students to show their talents to the nation every year,” said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. “Georgia continues to be a national leader in developing skilled talent for business and industry all across our state and these students represent the absolute best of TCSG. We are extremely proud of their achievements.”
Held virtually this year due to COVID-19, the top TCSG college winners were Savannah Technical College with 11 medals, Augusta Technical College with six medals, and Athens Technical College and Georgia Northwestern Technical College with five medals each. Lanier Technical College and Savannah Technical College were both named National Model of Excellence Chapters that recognizes the top 24 chapters in the nation. The SkillsUSA National Model of Excellence program recognizes the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace, and technical skills for SkillsUSA chapter activities.
Additional Awards include:
- Georgia Postsecondary Dr. John L. Scott Award for Excellence in Individual Competition – William Fielder – Extemporaneous Speaking, Gwinnett Technical College
- Georgia Postsecondary Curtiss P. Bell Award of Excellence in Team Competition – Parker Metcalf and Benjamin Sandusky – Mechatronics, Wiregrass Georgia Technical College
- Region 2 Advisor of the Year – Rushe Hudzinski-Sero from Savannah Technical College
- Outstanding Career and Technical Educator – Sherrie Rowe from Augusta Technical College
Founded in 1965, SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors, and industry that ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. The association serves more than 360,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics.
To learn more, visit www.SkillsUSAGaps.org
About the Technical College System of Georgia
The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in more than 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED® testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit www.TCSG.edu.