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Pictured, front row, from left, are CCC Career-Tech students Jerron Ford of Leland, MS; La'Jeremy Harris of Rosedale, MS; Kevin Redmond of Greenville, MS; Julia Hearns of Duncan, MS; Carlos Peleaz of Shelby, MS; Ozzie Smith of Greenville, MS; Samuel Tidwell of Pope, MS; and Ja'Corey Johnson of Clarksdale, MS. Second row, from left, Joe Giles Collision Repair Technology Instructor; student Giles Fisher of Shelby, MS; Joann Hoskins, Culinary Arts Instructor Assistant; Shelia Sander, CCC SkillsUSA Coordinator; Brennon Warr, CCC Culinary Arts instructor; Neal Mitchell, Brick, Block and Masonry Instructor; and Larry Barrett, Residential Carpentry Instructor.
CLARKSDALE – Several Coahoma Community College Career and Technical Education students received top honors during the recent SkillsUSA State competition held March 3-4 in Jackson.
All students in CCC’s Career and Technical Education programs are members of SkillsUSA— a national organization comprised of students, instructors and professionals that are committed to ensuring America has a skilled workforce.
During the organization’s annual state competition, students worked against the clock and other students from Mississippi’s 15 community colleges to prove their expertise in career and technical education occupations such as carpentry, collision and repair technology, brick masonry and culinary arts.
La’Jeremy Harris of Rosedale placed first place in the Collision & Repair competition and will move on to the National SkillsUSA Competition after acing a written and hands-on exam. He impressed the judges so much that he was offered a job on the spot by Service King Collison and Repair Body Shop along with CCC Collision and Repair student Alexander Huddleston of Webb, MS, who served as an observer during the competition.
“It was a good experience for our students because they’re able to see live work performed as if they were in an actual shop,” said CCC Collision Repair Instructor Joe Giles. “It makes me feel proud to know that I’m teaching my students time-tested methods that they’ll be able to use in the workforce.”
Julia Hearn of Duncan, MS and her assistant Ja’Corey Johnson from Clarksdale, MS snagged the third place spot in the Brick Masonry competition, making Hearn the first CCC female student to place in that competition.
In the Culinary Arts competition, CCC student Samuel Tidwell of Pope, MS placed third.
As the saying goes, “team work made the dream work” for CCC Carpentry students Kevin Redmond of Greenville, MS; Carlos Peleaz of Shelby, MS; Jerron Ford of Leland, MS; Ozzie Smith of Greenville, MS; and Giles Fisher of Shelby, MS who all placed 3rd in the Teamworks Carpentry competition.
“All of our students really enjoyed themselves—especially our Carpentry students,” said CCC SkillsUSA Coordinator Shelia Sanders. “They initially had doubts that they would place, but it was a learning experience for them to have confidence in what they’re doing and the skills that they have learned.”
Members of CCC’s SkillsUSA organization will now travel to Louisville, KY June 22-26 to observe the national SkillsUSA competition that will include first place winners from competitions across the nation.