Wiregrass Georgia Tech Students Attend National Competition


July 8, 2014

National SkillsUSA group pixture
Front Row (L-R) Brittany Kohmstedt, Tamika Edwards, Esthetics Instructor Kelly Ramirez, and Hannah Stephens; 2nd row - Student Activities Coordinator Lisa Howell, Ashley Walls, and Brooke Davis; 3rd row – Practical Nursing Instructor Denese Davis, Chad Carver, Jared Johnson, and Cassidy Foy; 4th row – Criminal Justice Instructor Bryan McRee, Department Chair for Professional Services/Fire Science Technology Program Coordinator Jim Goodson, Department Chair for Technical Education and Industrial and Electrical Systems Program Coordinator Michael Seabolt, Josh Prince, and Cody Healey; 5th row – Blake Revell, Telecommunications and Security Program Coordinator Ira Smith, and Jefferson Bedford.

Valdosta, GA: Wiregrass Georgia Tech students recently attended the 50th Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City on June 23 through 27. More than 15,000 people from across the nation - including students, teachers and business partners - participated in the week-long event. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students - all state contest winners - competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Students participating in the competitions included Chad Carver, Douglas, in Electrical Construction Wiring; Cassidy Foy, Quitman, in Practical Nursing; Jared Johnson, Douglas, in Mobile Electronics Installation; Jefferson Bedford, Fitzgerald, in Residential System Installation; Josh Prince, Valdosta, in Job Skills Demonstration A; Blake Revell, Fitzgerald, Telecommunication Cabling; Cody Healey, Valdosta, Firefighting; Tamika Edwards, Valdosta, Esthetics; Brittany Koehmstedt (Model), Quitman, Esthetics; Brooke Davis, Fitzgerald, Hannah Stephens, Fitzgerald; and Ashley Walls, Fitzgerald, in Crime Scene Investigation. Josh Prince won a silver medal in Job Skills Demonstration A, Jared Johnson silver in Mobile Electronics Installation, and Jefferson Bedford placed bronze in Residential System Installation.

“SkillsUSA is a wonderful experience for all involved,” said Lisa Howell, student activities coordinator. “We are proud of all of our students for representing Wiregrass Georgia Tech so well at the national, state, and regional levels. They are all outstanding students and each is a winner.”

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skills service occupations, including health occupations. The Skills USA program hosts local, state, and national competition for students to showcase their skills learned through hands-on training in the classroom.

For more information about SkillsUSA, please contact Lisa Howell, student activities coordinator, at lisa.howell@wiregrass.edu or (229) 468-2104.