Congratulations to the 2014 Tennessee postsecondary SkillsUSA medal winners. During the two-day event held this week in Chattanooga, the college was represented by 37 students who competed in 29 different contests. For their efforts, the students earned 9 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals. The gold medal winners will be accompanied by their advisor as they travel to Kansas City for the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference from June 23-27.
In addition, Karlie Zimmerman won 2014 Tennessee College of Applied Technology Outstanding Student of the Year (OSY). This is the second consecutive year a Chattanooga State student has won this distinguished award.
SkillsUSA is an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work—high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.
SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training program” by the U.S. Department of Labor.