COLUMBUS, Ga — An award-winning group of Columbus college students and their advisors are spending the week in Louisville, Kentucky, at a national competition where they will demonstrate their talents with other elite students from across America.
Six Columbus Technical College Students are competing in the SkillsUSA National Conference this week. For Columbus Tech, the achievement comes with prestige because its students have already claimed a total of four- first place spots in the state in order to qualify for nationals. The areas where Columbus Tech students are competing at SkillsUSA this week include the following categories: major appliance technology, automotive, technical drafting, and welding fabrication.
“They’re winners before they even hit the stage,” says John Lipham, lead advisor for SkillsUSA and program director for major appliance technology at Columbus Tech. “They’re the top one percent of the state, the top ten percent of the nation.”
The student attending the national conference are excited about the opportunity.
“Oh, it’s a joy to go represent the school– to go hang out with my friends, to show what skills we’ve learned and what we can do,” says Joe Addison, a CTC student competing in welding fabrication.
“It’s very lovely because you know you will have a job after completing Columbus Technical College. After going to SkillsUSA, it will put more emphasis on that,” adds Samuel Cook, a CTC student competing in major appliances.
More than 6,000 students come together from across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam for this national SkillsUSA conference. High school and college student divisions are represented in all technical skills categories at the nations competition.
The closing awards ceremony for the SkillsUSA in Louisville is scheduled for Friday evening. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend that event.