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SOWELA to Host Statewide Skills Competition

Local Students Vie for the Chance to Compete at SkillsUSA Nationals


The world’s largest skills organization, SkillsUSA, will hold their annual statewide skills competition at SOWELA Technical Community College April 3-5, 2019. The event provides students from colleges within the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) with an opportunity to highlight their expertise in a variety of occupations such as advertising design, commercial banking, crime scene investigation, culinary arts, first aid/CPR, welding, and more.

SOWELA students participating in the competition include: Advertising Design – Daniela Delabat, Austin Rains, Jade Higginbotham, Grant Kelly; Commercial Baking – Jillian Wild, Skye Moses; Crime Scene Investigation – Jeffrey Floyd, Lisa Haymon, Artis Lute, Nicole Manuel, Paula Savant, Sierra Neugent, Justin Trahan, Justine Zerangue, Alexis Pappion; Culinary Arts – Matthew Whitney, Sean Rodriguez; Customer Service – Shandala Hargrave, Kelsie Pollock, Kimberly Stanton, Isaiah Franklin, and Savannah Lawrence; Digital Cinema Production – Wesley Fontenot, Lane Melancon; Electrical Construction Wiring – Cory Green; Extemporaneous Speech – Autumn Gaspard; First Aid/CPR – Trestan Pate, Taylor Crochet, Madison Lewis; Job Interview – Brittany Ducote; Medical Terminology – Jacqueline Limbrick, Taylor Crochet, Madison Lewis, Macie Monceaux; Photography – David Sonnier; Restaurant Service – Kadijah Fox, Allison Melsheimer; State Pin Design – Vivian Barilleaux; State T-shirt Design – Chance DeCuir, Austin Rains; Television Video Production – Vivian Barrileaux, Chance DeCuir, Ricky Williams, Phillip Mitchell, Jr.; Welding – Kaydee Ackless – Ceasar, Josh Miller, Alex Sheppard, Nicholas Reed.

All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrate their skills, which includes extemporaneous speaking, and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Top student winners will receive gold, silver, and bronze medallions. Many will also receive prizes such as tools of their trade to further their careers and education. Winners have the opportunity to advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY, this summer. The Louisiana championships event is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

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.

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years and has locations in Jennings, Lake Charles, and Oakdale, LA.