SkillsUSA
Coahoma SkillsUSA Members Win Big

The Coahoma Community Chapter of SkillsUSA recently competed at the SkillsUSA Mississippi State competitions that were held at the Trade Mart Center and Clyde Muse Center in Jackson, MS.

Coahoma SkillsUSA Members Win Big

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Mon Apr 30, 2018

SkillsUSA

Seated from L to R: Carlos E. Pelaez, Ashley Johnson, Kelly Williams
Standing from L to R: Chef Brennon War, Joann Hoskins, Valerie Paden
Not pictured: LaVonte Smith, Eddie McGee, KuDarrian Young

The Coahoma Community Chapter of SkillsUSA recently competed at the SkillsUSA Mississippi State competitions that were held at the Trade Mart Center and Clyde Muse Center in Jackson, MS.

CCC saw much success at the events and placed in the following categories:

1st place winner in Restaurant Service
Kelly Williams, Hattiesburg, MS

2nd place winner in Commercial Baking
Ashley Johnson, Clarksdale, MS

2nd place winner in Culinary Arts
Marchello Kemp, Clarksdale, MS

2nd place winner in Teamworks (Residential Carpentry)
Carlos Pelaez, Shelby, MS
Eddie McGee, Cleveland, MS
LaVonte' Smith, Clarksdale, MS 
KuDarrian Young, Greenville, MS

Valerie Paden competed in the Collision & Repair portion of the competition but did not place. Because of her stellar performance, she received a job offer from Auto Body Gals, located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Auto Body Gals is an all-female body shop is owned by three women. The main headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Keith Cook, instructor - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is credited with seeing Paden’s potential and presenting the offer.

Ann Shelton-Clarke, dean of the Division of Career and Technical, offered her congratulations to the students and well-wishes for the future.

“I am delighted to hear the news of our student's special placings in their respective programs areas,” said Shelton-Clark. I hope this will be the beginning of many accomplishments for our students.”

“It is indeed an honor well-deserved and I have no doubt that this is the beginning of greater things to come,” Shelton-Clark added.

The team is headed to Louisville, KY on June 25-30, 2018 for the 2018 National Leadership and Skills Conference. All first place winners at the state competition will advance to the nationals. CCC student, Kelly Williams, will compete with other students in Restaurant Service from the other 49 states.

More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students - all state contest winners - will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students will work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure. The competitions are open to the public and free of charge.

For more information about SkillsUSA contact,  Sheila Sanders - SkillsUSA Coordinator at (662) 621-4192 or ssanders@coahomacc.edu.