APRIL 27, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Eleven Guilford Technical Community College students won first place at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference April 19-21 in Greensboro.  Ten first-place winners will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-24 in Louisville, KY, where more than 6,500 state contest winners will compete in more than 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

During the state competition, GTCC 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. Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions.

The following GTCC students earned first place in their respective competitions:

  • Amanda Byrd of Trinity, medical assisting
  • Ariel Davis of Greensboro, restaurant service
  • Danielle Dobson of Trinity, health occupations professional portfolio
  • Brittany Griffin of Trinity, dental assisting
  • Brandon Forest of Greensboro, aviation maintenance technology
  • Katie Keene of Thomasville, criminal justice (2015 silver national medalist)
  • Morgan Key of Greensboro, CNC turning specialist
  • Laurel Kittrell of Clemmons, cosmetology I (state contest)
  • Sarah Mayer of Jamestown, commercial baking
  • Jeffrey Reichl of Greensboro, HVAC
  • Erskin Tillery of Greensboro, telecommunications cabling (2014 bronze national medalist)

The following GTCC students earned second and third place in their respective competitions:

  • Bridget Bailey of Greensboro, medical terminology, second
  • Erin Cherry of Greensboro, health occupations professional portfolio, second
  • Sam Gladden of Greensboro, CNC turning specialist, second
  • Stephen Hester of Kernersville, job interview, second
  • Alex Newberry of Mebane, collision repair technology, second
  • Erin Paton of Kernersville, dental assisting, second
  • John Sarvis of Julian, advertising design, second
  • Donald Stowe of Winston-Salem, culinary arts, second
  • Nicole Stutts of Greensboro, medical assisting, second
  • Danny Whisenant of Greensboro, welding sculpture, second
  • Brian Wilson of Greensboro, job skill demonstration, second
  • Reilly Stamps of High Point, job skill demonstration, third
  • Leary Troy of Greensboro, HVAC, third
  • Luke Tucker of Madison, CNC technician, third

This year, 67 GTCC students competed in 28 contest areas including advertising design, automotive refinishing, aviation, CNC turning, criminal justice, commercial baking, cosmetology, HVAC and welding. 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.

At last year’s state competition, 14 GTCC students placed first in the competition and went on to win four national medals in CNC turning (bronze), criminal justice (silver), dental assisting (gold) and medical assisting (gold). In addition, 10 GTCC students finished in the top 10 in the nation.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at

SkillsUSA (formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) is a national, nonprofit, career and technical student organization with more than 300,000 members nationwide. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled work force. It provides opportunities for career and technical education students to enhance their technical skills through competitive events and to prepare for leadership in the world of work through employability and leadership skill development. For more information, visit and


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC