Skills USA.

About Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. It helps each student excel. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America). All East Hall SkillsUSA members are given JHBA membership sponsored by Hall County Home Builder’s Association. Link to state website.

Skills USA 2013-2014

The SkillsUSA program competed at the Region 2 competition yesterday at North Georgia Technical College and East Hall had a very good day with the following winners:

Davey Cantrell – 1st Place, Auto Refinishing (Advances to state in March)

Austin Winters – 3rd Place, Collision Repair

Caleb Cape – 1st Place, SkillsUSA Pin Design (Advances to state in March)

Felix Nunez – 2nd Place, Graphic Communications (Advances to state in March)

SkillsUSA Competition 2011

The East Hall SkillsUSA Chapter attended our region competition on Thursday, 26th of January.  We are proud to announce that Hector Contreras won 2nd place in Graphic Communications and Dustin Merck won 2nd place in Advertising Design.  These two will go on to the state competition in March.

Skills USA 2012-2013

East Hall High School students reach high, place high at Region SkillsUSA Competition

“This room is filled with champions because you have prepared yourself for success,” said North Georgia Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton as she welcomed more than 300 participants and attending the January 24 SkillsUSA Region 2 High School Competition at North Georgia Technical College.

Those who place first or second in their contest will advance to the Georgia SkillsUSA Conference at the Georgia International Convention Center held March 21-23, 2013.

SkillsUSA Region 2 includes counties from Oglethorpe to Union and from Dawson to Hart.  SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization and each year a series of over 100 competitions allow students to test their skills.  The theme for this year is “Champions at Work:  Prepared with the skills America needs.”

From East Hall High School, Taylor Echols placed first in Collision Repair Technology and Seth Trusty placed second in Power Equipment Technology.  The Quiz Bowl team consisting of Brian Edwards, Zack Groover, Braden Jarrads and Hunter Warwick, came in third place as did Josh Bryant in Automotive Service Technology.

Also attending from East Hall High School were Eric Covarrubias in Advertising Design, Jacob Wade in Graphic Communications, and Alex Byers in Technical Drafting.

“As a high school student in Stephens County, I came to this competition here at North Georgia Tech,” said SkillsUSA State Director Ashley Brown, a Toccoa native. “Though I didn’t win the first year, I tried a new event and was successful.  I encourage all of you, whether you win today or not, to continue to participate in SkillsUSA.”

The January 24 event began at 9:00 AM and ended with an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM in the NGTC Clegg Auditorium.  Region II SkillsUSA coordinators include Jeff Bearinger from Lumpkin County High School, Chairperson Michael Hayes from Union County High School, Baker Pulliam from Chestatee High School, and Morris Harrison from North Georgia Technical College.

For more information on SkillsUSA, visit