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Automotive, Construction, and Video Production Students Compete at SkillsUSA
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Monday, March 26, 2018
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This past week some our Automotive, Construction, and Video Production students went to SkillsUSA State Conference and Skills Competition. We took three competitors and two observers.  As part of the competition students are required to take a lengthy written test, sit through an interview process, submit a resume, and then perform occupational tasks and job skills. 


Automotive Technology had two contestants. Matt Campbell competed in Motorcycle Service Technology and placed 2nd overall in the state while earning a $5000 scholarship and tools. Dixie Stewart competed in Automotive Electronics/Ignition Systems and placed 3rd overall in the state while earning a $2500 scholarship. 

Alex Kirby competed in Construction Wiring and placed 2nd overall in the state. He also earned hundreds of dollars in tools and the opportunity to network with many electrical companies.

Coach Stephens in his first year as the Video production teacher brought two observers from his program to get a better grasp of SkillsUSA.  GCHS will have many Video Productions students competing next year.  


Here is a little info about SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a student lead organization where students learn real world job skills. SkillsUSA has partnerships with some of the world’s largest employers, colleges, and trade schools. SkillsUSA competitions are not based on school size or other classifications. When Gordon Central students compete at these competitions, they are going against all of the participating schools in the state.  We compete against vocational programs and career academies from large counties like Gwinnett and Cobb that have three or four Automotive programs within “each” school, along with a designated Automotive Collision programs, Automotive Refinishing programs, and Motorcycle Technology programs.


Gordon Central students have proven that they are capable of going into these competitions and competing with any student or program in the state. Just in the past three years, GCHS has had four individual state champions, one national champion, and countless numbers of students to place in the top three at the state level. These students have won tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. With the things that these students are asked to do in these competitions, their success is a direct reflection of all the staff here at GCHS. 



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