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SOWELA Students Win 20 Medals at Louisiana SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA Empowers Students to Showcase Their Talent While Sharpening Their Craft


SOWELA Technical Community College students attended the statewide SkillsUSA competition April 3-5. The competition was also hosted by the College. SkillsUSA provides students with an opportunity to highlight their expertise in a variety of occupations for a chance to win gold, silver or bronze medals in different categories. SOWELA students won a total of 20 medals.

Category winners include Austin Rains, gold, in Advertising Design; Skye Moses, gold, and Jillian Wild, silver, in Commercial Baking; Sierra Neugent, Justine Zerangue and Jeffery Floyd, gold, Nicole Manuel, Alexis Pappion and Justin Trahan, silver, and Lisa Haymon, Paula Savant and Artis Lute, bronze, in Crime Scene Investigation; Kobi Fuselier, silver, and Matthew Whitney, bronze, in Culinary Arts; Shandala Hargrave, silver, in Customer Service; Cory Green, gold, in Electrical Construction Wiring; Autumn Gaspard, gold, Extemporaneous Speech; Brittany Ducote, gold, job interview; Taylor Crochet, gold, Medical Terminology; David Sonnier, silver, photography; Vivian Barrilleaux, silver, State Pin Design; Chance DeCuir, silver, and Austin Rains, bronze, in State T-shirt Design; Vivian Barrilleaux and Chance Decuir, bronze, Television/Video Production; John Miller, gold, and Alex Sheppard, silver, in Welding.

Gold medalists will move to the SkillsUSA national competition held in June to compete with state winners from around the country.

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. The nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 335,000-member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens as it improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce. SkillsUSA supports its student members through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide recognition opportunities for students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and workplace credentials through the SkillsUSA Career Essentials program, a cutting-edge solution that defines, implements and measures career readiness skills for students.

About SOWELA Technical Community College

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 75 years.