GSCC students win at SkillsUSA conference

Gadsden State Community College students earned five gold medals, seven silver medals and one bronze medal during the 2014 Alabama SkillsUSA Leadership Conference, Career Expo and State Championships recently in Birmingham.

Students competed in more than 80 categories during the two-day event, including carpentry, precision machining, electrical wiring, architectural drafting, automotive refinishing and welding.

Technical students from Gadsden State competed against more than 1,700 students from across the state. The five gold medal winners will advance to the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, a showcase of career and technical education students in June in Kansas City.

Students earning gold medals were Joshua Clark, Oxford, in Electrical Construction Wiring; Donny Dunn, Weaver, in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Matthew McNew, Ohatchee, in Automotive Refinishing Technology; Drake Weaver, Crossville, in Collision Repair Technology; and the team of Jacob Helton, Albertville; Nick Keener, Hokes Bluff; and Cody Taylor, Gadsden, in Automated Manufacturing.

Students earning silver medals were Brandon Cornelison, Gadsden, in Men’s Hair; Bonita Dillon, Gadsden, in Nail Care; Jiawei Hoang, Cedar Bluff, in Carpentry; Darrell McDaniel, Hokes Bluff, in CNC Milling; Nathan Pearl, Arab, in Automotive Refinishing Technology; Alex Tiller, Guntersville, in Collision Repair Technology; and Jordan Ward, Wellborn, in Electrical Construction Wiring.

Jonathan Arnold, Wellborn, won a bronze medal in Industrial Motor Control.

“We are extremely proud of all our students who competed in the state SkillsUSA competition. With the help of dedicated instructors, these students have mastered skills that are preparing them for tomorrow’s workforce,” said Tim Green, dean of technical education and workforce development.

These students represent the Ayers, East Broad and Valley Street campuses of Gadsden State.

Their instructors include Kristi Clifton, Men’s Hair Design; Zora Garner, Nail Care; Tim Hardy, HVACR; Heath McDaniel, Carpentry; Joe Mashburn, Collision Repair and Automotive Refinishing; David Smith, CNC Turning/Automotive Manufacturing Technology; and Tony Thrower, Industrial Motor Controls and Residential/Construction Wiring.