National Skills USA

Carteret Community College Excels at National SkillsUSA Championships


Five Carteret Community College students represented North Carolina at the National SkillsUSA Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky, June 25-29, 2018.

SkillsUSA is a national organization of over 350,000 members enrolled in career and technical education programs at the middle school, high school and post-secondary level.  SkillsUSA promotes personal skill development, technical skill development and workplace skill development and offers competitive events in 144 skill and leadership areas.

Kayla Barrow, won a Silver Medal in the Customer Service competition. Kayla is a Human Services Technology student and President of CCC SkillsUSA and is a student intern at the NCWorks Career Center.  At the national competition, she completed a written test and then excelled in customer service role-play scenarios.

Maria Smith, placed in the Top Ten nationally in the Esthetics competition.  Maria graduated from the Esthetics program in May, has passed her state licensing exam and will be going to work as an esthetician soon.  During her competition, she gave a facial, a facial massage, completed daytime make-up and fantasy make-up on a model.  Autumn Hansen, another esthetics students and club member, served as her model for the duration of the competition.

Christopher Meadows, participated in the Internet Technology Services competition.  As part of his contest, Chris took the national A+ certification exam and then worked his way through nine different problem-solving stations related to cybersecurity, IT support, software installation, and problem solving.

Marina Brown participated in the Commercial Baking contest.  She took the National Baking Journeyman’s test as part of her competition.  Then, during an eight-hour contest, she prepared and baked baguettes, cookies, eclairs, cream puffs, pie and piecrust, a shortbread and a decorated cake.

CCC Faculty attending were Laurie Freshwater, Dean of Health Science, James Clarkson, Culinary Instructor, Jenny Summers, Baking and Pastry Instructor, Sharell Allen, Cosmetology Arts Chairperson, and Bena Weires, Career Coach.

For more information about SkillsUSA at Carteret Community College, contact Bena Weires at or 222-6156.