Savannah Tech is recognized for excellence at 2021 SkillsUSA State Conference

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah Technical College was recognized for excellence at the Georgia 2021 SkillsUSA Post-secondary State Conference. Gold medal winners will go on to compete nationally at the SkillsUSA leadership and skills competition this summer.

Photos of 2021 SkillsUSA state medalists and honorees may be found on STC’s Facebook page.

Students won medals in ten competitions held virtually this spring: five gold, four silver, and one bronze. SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization/competition that annually serves more than 395,000 high school, college and post-secondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs.

STC Business Management instructor and SkillsUSA advisor Rushe Hudzinski-Sero was named the Georgia Skills USA Advisor of the year. Hudzinski-Sero has been a SkillsUSA advisor at the College for the past three years. She is the current STC President of Faculty Senate and was named STC’s Instructor of the year in 2020.

The College also earned a Chapter of Excellence Level Gold designation. STC Construction Management student Ryan Starnes was elected as a SkillsUSA Georgia State Officer for 2021-22.

Five individuals/teams won gold in 2021 and will compete in the national SkillsUSA leadership and skills virtual competition:

  • Construction Management student Elvi Briceno won gold for Carpentry;
  • Industrial Systems student Matthew Sander won gold for Mobile Electronics;
  • STC’s Community Service team won gold with Business Management students: Tricia Golston, Hunter Mathews and Victoria Tisdale with Bobbi-Jo Felix was an observer;
  • STC’s Entrepreneurship team won gold with Business Management students: Kimber Padgett, Linda Rufino, Crystal Sapp and Alexis Wilson with Joyce Carter as an alternate; and
  • STC’s OSHA team won gold with Construction Management students Herbert Hall, Kenneth McKenzie and Cristian Veloso.

STC teams or individuals won silver medals in four competitions:

  • Automotive Technology student William Boyle-Wheeler won silver for Automotive;
  • Dual Culinary Arts and Baking/Pastry Arts student Ilke Schaaf won silver for Restaurant Service;
  • Industrial Systems Maintenance students Walter Beard and Robert Harley won silver for Mechatronics; and
  • Construction Management students Roger Davis, James Edge, John Madden and Aaron Welch won silver for TeamWorks.

STC’s Cybersecurity team won bronze with Kristopher Ferguson and Javier Vazquez. Rachel Crews observed the Cybersecurity team as an alternate and plans to compete on next year’s team.



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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (