BPCC students win six medals at SKILLSUSA® state competition

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Bossier Parish Community College took home five gold medals and one silver medal at the 2016 State Leadership and Skills Conference (Skills USA® Competition) held recently at Northwest Louisiana Technical College in Shreveport.

BPCC students Sean Garraway and Chris German participated in the 3-D Visualization and Animation category and won first prize, and students Miranda Mahmud and Carl Pierson competed in Digital Cinema and Television (Video) Production and both won first prize. BPCC Debater Jacob Volcheck won first prize for Extemporaneous Speaking and BPCC student Brandy Beard-Kemelek competed in photography and won silver.

Each gold medal winner is eligible to go on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference (Skills Competition) in June 2016 in Louisville, KY.

The students participated with the help of the following faculty and staff members working as their team leads: Bob Alexander, Lauren Brown, Eric Crowder, and Jonathan Elmore.

“I could not be prouder of our students and their faculty,” says BPCC Chancellor Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr.  “Having this level of success testing their skills against the best in the State reinforces for employers that our career and technical education programs are developing exceptional talent. On to nationals!”

More than 145 community and technical college students from across the state matched their abilities against their peers’ in various career and technical education contests, which were designed and judged by more than 50 experts from local labor and industry.

Participants competed in 37 skill areas including architectural drafting, collision repair technology, culinary arts, electrical, industrial motor control, practical nursing, welding, early childhood education and other in-demand career fields.

SkillsUSA® is a national organization with more than 300,000 members and is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Its mission is to help its members become world-class workers and responsible American citizens and prepares students with employability skills that industry values.

Sponsored by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the competition is supported with self-generated funds, Carl D. Perkins funds, and private gifts through the LCTCS Foundation.