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CPTC Students Travel to Kentucky for SkillsUSA National Conference

June 16, 2015 11:17 AM

Coastal Pines Technical College Students Travel to Kentucky for SkillsUSA National Conference

shuntiskgaskinsSix Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) students will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, June 22-26 to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference to participate in national championships. The students will be among more than six thousand top career and technical students throughout the nation who will compete in more than 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields. The competitors are the workforce of the future demonstrating their expertise in occupations such as culinary arts, electronics, healthcare, computer technology, and automotive technology.

brentberryParticipants in national contests must be first-place winners selected on a competitive basis at the state level. First place state winners representing CPTC will be Brent Berry (see left photo), electronics technology; Caitlin Griffin, Whitney Hires, Christina Powell, and Stephanie Womack, health knowledge quiz bowl (see photo below and to the right); and Shuntisk Gaskins (see photo above and to the right), job skills demonstration.

healthknowledgebowlcoastalpinesThe SkillsUSA Championships will be held June 24-25. The event is a multi-million dollar occasion that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. Nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.  The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. To learn more about SkillsUSA visit


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