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CCC’s Career Tech shines during SkillsUSA state competition
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education shined during the recent SkillsUSA State competition that concluded with several Tigers bringing home awards and one Tiger receiving a job offer.

CCC’s Career Tech shines during SkillsUSA state competition

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed Mar 30, 2016

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Pictured, top, from left, are CCC Culinary Arts Instructor JoAnn Hoskins; Culinary Arts majors Donald Pittman of Tutwiler, MS and Ricky Dixon of Clarksdale, MS; CCC Culinary Art Instructor Chef Brennon Warr; (bottom, left) Collision Repair Instructor Joe Giles and student Taborie McBride of Clarksdale, MS; and Brick Masonry majors Matthew Thurmon and Freddie Childs, both of Clarksdale, MS. 

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education shined during the recent SkillsUSA State competition that concluded with several Tigers bringing home awards and one Tiger receiving a job offer.

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, hosted Feb. 29- March 3 in Jackson, MS, 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.

First time competitors Freddie Childs and Matthew Thurmon, both of Clarksdale, snagged the second place in the Brick Masonry competition which included building a brick and block wall.

The duo said they were nervous at first but we’re happy to learn they’d placed.

“We were able to just zone everything out around us and do what we had to do,” said Thurmon.

“We felt very prepared thanks to our instructor (Neal Mitchell),” said Childs.

In the Culinary Arts competition, CCC students Donald Pittman of Tutwiler, MS and Ricky Dixon of Clarksdale, MS also represented Tiger Nation for the first time.

Dixon wowed the judges with his Baked Pineapple Pie L'éclair, while Pittman whipped up a full course meal that included a pork and chicken entrée.

Pittman, who plans to become a chef, said CCC Culinary Arts Instructors Chef Brennon Warr and Joanne Hoskin went above and beyond to ensure their preparation for the competition.

“We’re very confident in the skills those two are teaching us,” added Dixon, who aspires to open his own restaurant as a career change during retirement. “Had it not been for them pushing me, I probably wouldn’t have participated in the competition.”

Taborie McBride of Clarksdale, MS impressed the judges so that during the Collision and Repair competition, he was offered a job on the spot by Capitol Body shop

“It was fun and intriguing…I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” said Dixon.

As a first-time competitor, McBride said he wasn’t expecting to receive a job opportunity, but he may take the company up of their offer following graduation.

“I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet new people,” he said.

CCC SkillsUSA Advisor Shelia Sanders said she is impressed by the groups’ skills and professionalism.

“We’re excited about the success of our organization during the state competition,” said Sanders. “It lets us know that our instructors are doing the job in preparing our students not only for the competition, but their future career.

Members of CCC’s SkillsUSA organization will now travel to Louisville, KY June 20-25 to the national SkillsUSA competition that will include first place winners from competitions across the nation.