Students Win Awards for 2015 SkillsUSA Georgia Competition

Skills USA 2015 Team

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College students won five medals at the 2015 SkillsUSA Postsecondary State Conference, held March 26-28 at the Georgia International Convention Center at Atlanta Technical College.

STC Early Childhood Care and Education student Katelyn Cole brought home a gold medal (first place) for Early Childhood Education. Cole will move on to compete on a national level at the 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held June 22-26, 2015, in Louisville, Ky.

Savannah Tech students won three silver medals and one bronze medal in the competition. Emmett King, an automotive technology student, placed second for mobile electronics installation. STC Cosmetology student Kimberly NeSmith placed second in the employment application competition. A team of barbering students (LaQuisha Gonzalez, Wilbur Green, Brandon Sesson, and Tommy McCaskil) won silver for entrepreneurship. Practical Nursing student Nicole Bynum won a bronze medal or placed third in the practical nursing competition.

More than 500 college students from across the state of Georgia took part in the three-day competition. SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization that annually serves more than 320,000 high school, college and postsecondary students–and their instructors–in technical, skilled and service-occupation instructional programs.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. Hundreds of American industries have turned to SkillsUSA as the source for employees who exemplify “Champions at Work” in both skills and attitudes. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. At the heart of this mission are SkillsUSA’s core values: integrity, responsibility, citizenship, service and respect.


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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 (