CCC Shines During State SkillsUSA Competition

2014-03-06 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations - Brittany Davis; (662) 621-4061 - bdavis@coahomacc.eduBookmark and Share

CCC students, front row, from left, Matthew Clifton of Mound Bayou, Deon Allen of Friars Point, and Earnest Martin of Clarksdale each earned third place during the state SkillsUSA competition held Feb. 25-26 in Jackson. Also pictured, second row, from left, is: Shelia Sanders, SkillsUSA Coordinator; Chef Breenon Warr, Culinary Arts Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor; Joann Hoskins, Culinary Arts Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor; Joe Giles, Collision and Repair Technology Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor; and Larry Barrett, Carpentry Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor. Not pictured is student Devente Roberson of Minter City and Brendalyn Sclark, Assistant SkillsUSA Advisor.

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.