MUD FORK, W.Va. — Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently participated in the 46th Annual SkillsUSA West Virginia State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 15-16 at Camp Dawson at Kingwood, W.Va.
Southern students Brandon White and James Brown brought home a silver medal in the Team Competition Welding/Fabrication and Michael ‘Chase’ Starkey received the bronze medal in the Individual Welding Competition.
“This was Southern’s first trip to SkillsUSA and our students did very well,” said Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Dr. Robert E. Gunter. “This is a test of industry standards and our students are not only meeting those standards, but they are excelling.”
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, provides career and technical education students with quality experiences in leadership and skills development. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, SkillsUSA has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor as a “successful model of employer-driven youth development training programs.”
The success of SkillsUSA is directly related to the involvement of students, teachers, administrators, and business and industry partners. This year’s theme was “Connecting You to Career Success,”. Keynote speaker for the event was businessman, Jim Justice.
For more information on technical programs at Southern visit us online at southernwv.edu .