Tenn. Technology Center ready for SkillsUSA contest

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Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman students have spent the last few weeks competing for this year’s SkillsUSA titles.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together toward ensuring  America has a skilled workforce. Its goal is to help each student excel, and competitions on school, state and national levels aim to assist students in putting their best work forward.

The Harriman school will be well represented at the state competition this spring in Chattanooga.

“The entire school is excited for these students and wishes them well when they compete in Chattanooga”  said Chris Ayers, assistant director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

Those representing the school in Chattanooga and their category of competition are:

• In the Job Interview category, Alyssa Murray from Practical Nursing was the first-place winner. Cosmetology students Samantha Coggins and Kelly Liles received second- and third-place awards, respectively.  

• In the Job Skills Demonstration category, Erin West from Cosmetology took the first-place award and will also be going to Chattanooga.   Kelsey Christopher from Practical Nursing took second, and Lauren Long from Cosmetology took third.

• The Diesel Powered Equipment Post-Secondary Education competition was won by Jacob Shipwash. He will be accompanied to the state competition by Thomas Duncan of Coalfield High School and Ryan Branson from Roane County, who both won the Diesel Powered Equipment” Secondary Education competition.

• The Cosmetology competition was won by Katie Scandlyn.  Kelly Lyles took the second-place award, and Samantha Coggins won third place.

“I have always said that we have world-class students at our technology center, and this year’s students are no different,” said Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman.

“You have the skills to achieve anything that you put your mind to.”   

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman is a 100-percent SkillsUSA School. Every student is a member.

Students at the Harriman center have competed at SkillsUSA for the past eight years.

The school has boasted state winners every year and national winners for the past four years.

Coy Kidd of Oneida was last year’s National Gold Medal winner in the Diesel-Powered Equipment category. He commuted every day to to complete his diesel training.

Brett Patterson of Wartburg represented the school in 2011, when he competed at WorldSkills in London.