The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships, held in Greensboro, NC, took place April 19-21, 2016 at the Greensboro Coliseum and Koury Convention Center. The conference was the largest showcase of Career and Technical Education in North Carolina with more than 1,900 career and technical education students competing in 120 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.
During the state competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their chosen occupations. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and technical experts and test competencies that are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings with parliamentary procedure. Over 100 industry partners help support the competitive events.
The SkillsUSA North Carolina Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. First place winners earn the right to compete in the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY alongside more than 6,500 other competitors from across the country in more than 100 contests.
This is the first year that the “Automotive Refinishing Technology” contest has been held at the Greensboro coliseum, along with all the other contests, due to issues associated with painting. The collision contest was split into two separate contests, “Collision Repair” and “Collision Refinish”. Thirty contestants registered to compete with 12 students entered in the Collision Repair contest, and 18 students entered in the Refinish contest. Students competed in several hands-on areas that included: Welding, Structural Damage Analysis, Metal Working, Plastics repair, Painting, masking, color matching, and a written exam.
Four students from two schools will travel to Kentucky to represent North Carolina at the Skills USA Nationals. First place in the “Collision Repair” contest went to Joseph Young from the Weaver Academy in the secondary division and Matthias Rappe from Fayetteville Technical Community College in the post-secondary division. First place in the “Collision Refinish” contest went to Jacques Bene from the Weaver Academy for secondary division and Damien Moore from Fayetteville Technical Community College in the post-secondary division.
Thank you to the sponsors and judges: GTCC Collision Repair, BASF, 3-M Corporation, SEM, Carolina Collision Equipment, Color’s Edge, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Keystone Automotive, Finish Master, Snap-On Tools, NAPA Auto Parts, Martin Senior, Norton Abrasives, Rice Toyota, Cloninger Ford, Southeastern Booth, Rice Toyota, Bill Black Cadillac, Crown Automotive, Mid-Town Body Repair, Walker B.S. and Grainger. Carcoon America.
The original press release was written by Jimmy Brown, GTCC.