SkillsUSA held their 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference JUNE 20 - JUNE 24, 2016, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Over 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students joined in the excitement of hands‑on competition in 100 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. Among those participants were four students from TCAT-Harriman.
Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for practical nursing and diesel equipment technology, as well as job skill demonstration. TCAT-Harriman had three students to finish in the top 10 of their competitions.
Greg Bunch, practical nursing student, competed in the job skill demonstration competition and brought home a gold medal, winning first place. Derek Whittenburg, competing in the diesel equipment technology competition, also excelled and placed fourth in the nation. Emily Hensley, also a practical nursing student, competed in the practical nursing compitition and placed sixth overall.
SkillsUSA is a student run organization, whereby student members are charged with the responsibility of governing the affairs associated with the student constitution. These students participate as part of the National House of Delegates. Brian Barber, an industrial maintenance technology student, served as a national delegate for this year’s conference.
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.