Johnston Community College’s SkillsUSA teams earned nine awards at the state competition in Greensboro.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled-service occupations.
Brian Worley, director of technical and vocational programs at JCC, said he was proud of the high-level instruction by the instructors and the hard work of the students who competed. “Our instructors and students have worked so hard all year, and their performance at SkillsUSA illustrates their commitment and dedication,” he said. “Our students competed and performed very well last year, and we are just so proud of JCC’s continued success at SkillsUSA.”
The competitions involved written exams and the manufacturing of parts to blueprint specifications. JCC’s winners are listed below by area of competition.
Welding – first-place welding fabrication team: Drew Tolson of Lucama, Terry King Jr. of Princeton and Zack Mozingo of Angier. Robert Long Jr. is the instructor.
Industrial systems technology – first-place in electrical construction wiring: Blake Wallace of Clayton. Maxie Kirby is the instructor.
Computer integrated machining – second place in precision machining technology: Patrick Lee of Four Oaks; third place in CNC milling: Patrick House of Clayton; fifth place in CNC milling: Larry Bowyer of Selma; and fourth place in CNC turning: Josh Sutton of Kenly. Dwight Barnes is the instructor.
Air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology – third place: Jordan House of Kenly; fourth place: Brett Phillips of Selma; and fifth place: Steve Ryan of Smithfield. Milton Hudson is the instructor.
JCC’s first place winners – Blake Wallace, Drew Tolson, Terry King and Zack Mozingo – will compete in the national SkillsUSA competition in June in Kansas City.