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ATC students participate in SkillsUSA competition

Three ATC SkillsUSA state medal winners

     Wayne County Area Technology Center SkillsUSA students recently competed in the SkillsUSA State Conference/Championship competition held April 9-15 with several local students taking top awards.

      Mark Burke, Joshua Parmley, Mark Smith, Alan Bell, and Chris Denney - ATC teachers who serve as SkillsUSA advisors, would like to congratulate Automotive Technology student Jaden Gibson, who advanced to national competition, as well as Industrial Maintenance Technology student Dawson Piercy and Machine Tool Technology student Nicholas Allen for medaling. These students worked  hard preparing for the event.

      These three students’ individual results are as follows:

Automotive Technology

Job Skills Demonstration A-Jaden Gibson-1st Place-Gold

Automotive MLR Service-Jaden Gibson-3rd Place-Bronze

Transportation Tool Identification-Jaden Gibson-3rd Place-Bronze

Industrial Maintenance Technology

Dawson Piercy-Job Skills Demonstration A-3rd Place-Bronze

Machine Tool Technology

Nicholas Allen-Precision Machining-1st Place-Gold

     “The future workforce is look bright with these accomplishments made by our Wayne County ATC students,” said Automotive Technology Teacher Mark Burke. “The students have been working hard for several weeks in their Technical classes preparing for the state competition. The students have been engaged in self-assessments looking to better themselves and practicing skilled trade scenarios. They will soon be filling a void that the workforce is currently experiencing.”

      SkillsUSA (formerly known as VICA) is an organization supporting students obtaining education in technical and career education. With over 130,000 Members Nationwide and 13,000 chapters SkillsUSA has a strong following throughout the country. Wayne County ATC Skills/USA Chapter – District 11 has a steady record of seeing local students gain valuable experience at this event and succeed.

      Wayne County Area Technology Center Teachers Mark Burke, Mark Smith and Chris Denney all had students from their classes who participated in this competition. Their mission which mirrors the mission of SkillsUSA is to improve the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

      Jaden Gibson will have the honor of advancing to the national competition in June, with his 1st Place finish in the Job Demonstration-A State Contest. Contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the occupational area for which they are training. Competitors in Job Skill A must demonstrate a career objective in an occupational area that is included in one of the contest areas of the SkillsUSA Championships.

      Atlanta and the world-renowned Georgia World Congress Center have been awarded a contract for hosting the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) starting in 2021. The SkillsUSA NLSC is a weeklong convention attended by students and instructors in career and technical education.

     SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships will be held virtually in 2021, with localized hands-on elements for select competitions. Along with all of our competitive events, the conference will also include SkillsUSA TECHSPO, delegate sessions, national officer elections and many opportunities for leadership development, professional development and member/chapter recognition.


Skills USA medal winners

Skills USA medal winners (l-r:) Jaden Gibson, Nicholas Allen, and Dawson Piercy 

SKills USA students and instructor Mark Burke

Skills USA local students with Automotive Instructor Mark Burke in the ATC Automotive Lab.

student with medals

Senior Jaden Gibson

medal winner

Senior Nicholas Allen

student medal winner

Sophomore Dawson Piercy

Jaden Gibson at Work in the WC ATC Automotive Lab

Jaden Gibson working on a vehicle

JAden Gibson in the lab

Automotive Lab

students working in automotive lab

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