CCC Shines During State SkillsUSA Competition
CLARKSDALE – Three tops students from Coahoma Community College’s Division of Career and Technical Education brought home medals from the SkillsUSA State Championship held Feb. 25-26 in Jackson.
Earnest Martin of Clarksdale, a sophomore Carpentry student, won third place in Cabinetmaking; Devente Roberson of Minter City, a freshman Carpentry student, won third place in Carpentry; and Matthew Clifton of Mound Bayou, a sophomore Culinary Arts students won third place in Commercial Baking. Adding to CCC’s achievements, sophomore Collision and Repair student Deon Allen of Friars Point was offered a job from one of the judges who owns Capital Body Shop in Pearl during the competition, which began at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 and ended at 3:30 p.m.
All 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. Five of CCC’s top students competed in the competition, held at the Fordice Equine Center and The Trade Mart, located in Jackson, and sponsored by local industry and Hinds Community College.
The students competed in the following areas: Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Collision and Repair Technology, Commercial Baking, and Culinary Arts. They faced off against other students in post-secondary areas from the state’s other 14 community colleges.
Members of CCC’s SkillsUSA organization plan to travel to Kansas City, MO June 22-28 to observe the national SKillsUSA Competition that will include first place winners from competitions across the nation.