Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie sent 19 post-secondary students and 1 secondary student to the Tennessee SkillsUSA Competition in Chattanooga. Twelve students received medals in various competitions.
Jordan Cole of Buena Vista brought home the bronze medal for Welding Sculpture.
Silver medalists included Justin Page, HVAC/Refrigeration student from Paris for Extemporaneous Speaking; Brandon Perry, HVAC/Refrigeration student from Gleason for Major Appliance Repair; and the Quiz Bowl Team consisting of Adam Adcock, CIT student from Union City, Patricia Barnett, AOT student from Martin, Michael Johnson, CIT student from Gleason, Robert King, Telecommunications student from Camden, Marcus Moore, CIT student from Bruceton, and John Weems, Welding student from Big Sandy.
The gold medal winners were Jason Mercer, HVAC/Refrigeration student from McKenzie, for HVAC Excellence; Amanda Mooney of Clarksburg for Outstanding Chapter; and James “Bubba” Smith, Jr. HVAC/Refrigeration student from Dresden for HVAC/R High School Division. The gold medalists will go on to compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in June.
TCAT-McKenzie was also the recipient of two other awards. The Chapter of Excellence honors chapter achievement relative to SkillsUSA’s framework of developing personal, workplace and technical skills. The James D. King award for Division III (schools with under 300 students) is presented to the school with the highest total points at the end of SkillsUSA competition. Points are based on number of contest entries and level of award earned. TCAT-McKenzie is very proud to have received both of these awards.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers, high school, and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. At the annual national-level Skills USA Championships, over 5,000 students competed in 87 occupational and leadership skill areas.
TCAT-McKenzie would like to congratulate all our winners and to thank all our participants.
TCAT- McKenzie offers programs in 9 areas. They are Automotive Technology, Administrative Office Technology, Computer Information Technology, Telecommunications Technology, HVAC/Refrigeration Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Production Automation Technology and Welding Technology. For more information call 731-352-7506.