April 17, 2015

JAMESTOWN – Guilford Technical Community College will participate in the largest showcase of career and technical education in North Carolina April 21-23.

This year, 70 GTCC students will compete in hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests, spanning more than 95 trade areas at the SkillsUSA North Carolina State Conference. GTCC will compete in 22 contests including automotive refinishing, aviation, CNC milling and turning, criminal justice, cosmetology, dental assisting, carpentry, electrical installation, collision repair, and for the first time, medical assisting.

GTCC student Clarice Brown models a design created by GTCC student Alecia McNeill for the Fantasy Hair and Makeup contest at the 2014 SkillsUSA state competition.

GTCC student Clarice Brown models a design created by GTCC student Alecia McNeill for the Fantasy Hair and Makeup contest at the 2014 SkillsUSA state competition.

The first place winners in each contest will be eligible to represent North Carolina at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 22-26, 2015 in Louisville, K.Y.

GTCC is known as a top contender in state and national SkillsUSA competitions. Last year, the college placed first in 19 contests at the state level and claimed a silver medal in telecommunications cabling and a bronze medal in crime scene investigation at the national level.

“We have a group of instructors that have become involved with SkillsUSA because it’s the right thing to do for our students,” said Jeff Faircloth, SkillsUSA chapter advisor and department chair of Automotive Systems Technology at GTCC. “As competitive as the job market is today, everyone needs that edge to stand out and above other applicants. SkillsUSA helps our students have an edge in the workforce and showcase their talents. This competition really solidifies our students’ resumes, builds their confidence and hones their skills.”

The majority of this year’s state contests will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum (1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro), but GTCC will host some of the events as well on its Jamestown and Greensboro campuses. A brief schedule of events follows. For a complete schedule, visit


April 21 – GTCC Jamestown Campus, 601 E. Main St., Jamestown

Noon Welding Fabrication, Welding Building

April 22

GTCC Jamestown Campus

7:30 a.m. Automotive Refinishing Technology, Transportation Complex
8 a.m. Advertising Design, Gerrald Hall, Room 101
2 p.m. Culinary Arts, Joseph S. Koury Hospitality and Careers Center
2 p.m. Commercial Baking, Joseph S. Koury Hospitality and Careers Center
2 p.m. Restaurant Service, Joseph S. Koury Hospitality and Careers Center
8 a.m. Welding (Postsecondary), Welding Building

GTCC Greensboro Campus, 3505 E. Wendover Ave.

8 a.m. CNC Technician – Technical Education Center
8 a.m. CNC Milling – Technical Education Center
8 a.m. CNC Turning – Technical Education Center
8 a.m. Electronics Technology – Technical Education Center

In addition, GTCC students will participate in the following contests on April 22 at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Contests begin at 7:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted):

•    Cosmetology
•    Fantasy Hair and Makeup
•    2 p.m. Fantasy Hair and Makeup Creations on the Runway
•    Collison Repair Technology
•    8 a.m. Medical Assisting

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  

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from four major campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC