OFTC’s SkillsUSA Team Wins Gold at Nationals | Schools
Students from Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) received top honors by winning Gold in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at SkillsUSA’s annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 23-27, 2014.
OFTC’s National Gold Medalist Opening and Closing Ceremonies team consisted of Johnny Pederson, Cathy Foskey, Erin Morris, Cecila Adamson, Mindy Oxley, Rachel Pederson, Chelce Yearty, and Kimberly Million. The team rehearsed tirelessly together and with their advisors, Kim Meeks, Joyce Davis, David Hall and Jay Mullis, before making the trip to Kansas City. Their hard work and dedication paid off.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies competition at the national conference is the most hotly contested event for the week with hundreds of students competing. Typically, it is a very difficult event to win on the national level.
In the Opening and Closing Ceremonies event, team members are evaluated and scored according to national standards established for SkillsUSA. The team members are evaluated on a number of standards and competencies including, teamwork and professional presentation skills such as voice, stage presence and mechanics, along with both verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
The SkillsUSA Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are run by and judged by industry using industry standards for employment. More than 1,000 industry judges participated this year.
“Helping students find career success through a combination of education and practical experience is what technical college is all about,” said OFTC Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Kim Meeks. “We are tremendously proud of our team’s accomplishments and their representation of our college at the national level.”
The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. More than 6,000 students from every state and three territories competed in 99 contests in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations this year. In order to qualify for the national competition, the students competed in local and state contests. The state gold medal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships.
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and serves thousands of students each year in more than 100 diploma, associate degree and technical certificate of credit programs for residents of Bleckley, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Laurens, Telfair, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, and Wilkinson Counties of Georgia at campuses conveniently located throughout OFTC’s service area.