National Skills USA
Carteret Community College Wins Gold Medal at SkillsUSA National Championship
Last week, June 24-28, four Carteret Community College students traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championship. In Job Skills Demonstration, Victoria Washington placed first in the nation claiming the gold medal.
“I am overcome with joy,” said Victoria Washington. “This competition meant a lot to me and my family. Recently my cousin, Terrance Henry, passed away, but before I left for nationals, I promised him I was going to bring home the gold, and I kept my promise.”
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to prepare our future workforce for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including healthcare occupations. Competitive events begin locally and continue through state and national levels.
More than 18,000 people – including students, teachers and business partners –participated in the week long event, with over 6,500 contestants competing in 103 separate events in different trade, technical and leadership fields.
Victoria Washington, an Information Systems Technology student at Carteret Community College, competed in the Job Skills Demonstration against students from 17 different states. For her demonstration, Washington gave a detailed tutorial on how to change out a mechanical hard drive and upgrade it to a solid-state drive on a standard desktop computer, all within seven minutes.
“Everyone at Carteret Community College contributed to the success of my presentation,” said Washington. “But a special thanks to my instructors Mr. Martin, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Weirs, Mr. Whitfield, as well as the IT department and my business office family. They always pushed me forward even when I didn’t think I could do it. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Additional Carteret CC national champions include Kayla Barrow, placing fifth in Customer Service, and Keziah Capers placing sixth in Job Interview. Both Barrow and Capers received certificates for being in the 90th percentile for overall scores. National champion Heidi Pearce competed in Commercial Baking and was able to complete all eight baked items within the allotted six hours.
Washington hopes her story will encourage other Carteret CC students to compete in SkillsUSA. “Always put God first, step out of your comfort zone, and believe in yourself.”