UC Vol State students win in job skills competition

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The Vol State competitors are, front row from left, Jarissa Woolbright of Cookeville – Gold Medal in Restaurant Service, Preston Carr of Cookeville – Gold Medal in Culinary Arts, Hannah Foley of Cookeville – Gold Medal in Commercial Baking, Delenn Strong of Gainsboro, second row, Mechatronics program director Tim Dean, BobbiJo Andrews of Cookeville – Gold Medal in Extemporaneous Speech, Melody Montgomery of Livingston – Bronze Medal in Prepared Speech, Pam Davis of Cookeville, Jarrett Talbott of Cookeville – Bronze Medal in Motorcycle Repair, Nicholas Drake of Cookeville, assistant professor of Communication Cindy Thrasher, back row, Josiah Watson of Celina, Miguel Ortiz of Baxter – Silver Medal in Technical Computer Applications, Tallen Gooch of Sparta – Bronze Medal in Team Mechatronics; and Samuel Griffin of Sparta – Bronze Medal in Team Mechatronics.

College academic work can lead to job skills. Volunteer State Community College students had an opportunity recently to show off those skills at the statewide SkillsUSA competition in Chattanooga.

Vol State students scored top honors in four categories and placed in several others.

SkillsUSA is an organization that provides educational events, competitions, and programs that support technical and career education across America. The competition also connected students with businesses that need skilled workers.

“Several of our students made contacts that could lead to careers upon graduation,” said Vol State Mechatronics faculty member Tim Dean. “I had more than one employer comment to me that they were quite impressed with not only the technical skills of the students, but also the professionalism that they demonstrated.”

Assistant professor of Communication Cindy Thrasher added, “We are excited that our students have such a broad spectrum of areas of expertise. They competed not only in technical areas, but also in Leadership areas like Public Speaking and Interviewing.”

Gold medalists will go on to compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville in June.