For Immediate Release
SkillsUSA Team Wins Gold & Silver at National Championship
Catawba Valley Community College’s SkillsUSA team brought home gold and silver from the National Championships in Kansas City, Mo. Sixteen students competed in 12 categories. CVCC team members also finished in the top 10 of six different national competitions.
SkillsUSA is an opportunity for high-performance students enrolled in career and technical programs to match skills against their peers in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
“SkillsUSA is the perfect match for our students because they get to display their talents in their area of study in a competitive environment,” said Randy Caudill, CVCC’s SkillsUSA Chapter Advisor and Industrial Technologies Department Head. “They start at the local level with opportunities to advance to the state and national.”
“But it’s about more than just the competition,” Caudill explained. “Our students get to experience new things and see a world they might never have seen were it not for SkillsUSA. We are so proud to offer this opportunity to build self-confidence and genuine skills for the workplace,” added Caudill, who was voted the North Carolina SkillsUSA State Chapter Advisor for 2013.
The CVCC Entrepreneurship Team won the National Championship. Comprised of Carolyn Elmore, John Lineberger, Michael Lewis and Sebrina Brooks, they submitted a business plan for “A Peaceful Passage Transportation Service.” The business picks up and transports decedents from hospitals, nursing homes, personal homes, and other places of death and transports them to distant funeral homes or medical examiner’s offices. Elmore, Lineberger and Lewis are enrolled in the Funeral Service program. Brooks is a business administration major.
Business administration major Jennifer Eversole earned the silver medal in the Customer Service competition.
Joseph Houston finished sixth in the nation in the CNC Milling high school competition. Houston was a Career and College Promise student at Bunker Hill High School who took college-level machining courses at CVCC. This summer, he began an apprenticeship with Poppelman Plastics. Houston will continue to work at Poppelman throughout the next two years with the company providing tuition assistance as he completes an associate degree in Computer Integrated Machining at CVCC.
Linda Lambert, a business administration major, finished seventh in the nation in the Job Interviewing competition.
Brianne Greene, a recent graduate of the college’s Cosmetology Program, earned silver in Cosmetology competition.
Jessica Johnson, another recent Cosmetology graduate, and her model student Hailey Huffman, finished sixth in the nation in the Esthetics Competition.
CVCC’s other state champions which competed at the nationals include:
• Anthony Wilson-Automotive Service Technology
• Andrew Lydick-First Aid CPR
• Ashley Potter-Photography
• Joe Johnson-Prepared Speech
• Zackary Guszkowski-Welding, high school
• Daneisha Reinhardt-Cosmetology, high school
For more information about CVCC’s SkillsUSA team, contact Caudill at 828-327-7000, ext. 4561, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above (from left) are faculty advisor Darcie Tumey; students Michael Lewis; Sebrina Brooks; Carolyn Elmore; and John Lineberger and faculty advisor Gary Muller. They won the national championship for their business plan called “A Peaceful Passage Transportation Service,” which picks up and transports decedents from hospitals, nursing homes, personal homes, and other places of death and transports them to distant funeral homes or medical examiner’s offices. Elmore, Lineberger and Lewis are enrolled in the Funeral Service program taught at CVCC through Fayetteville Community College. Brooks is a CVCC business administration major.