National SkillsUSA competition
Career Academy students advance to national SkillsUSA competition
Posted on 04/19/2013
This is the image for the news article titled Career Academy students advance to national SkillsUSA competitionPhoto: (L to R) - Chance Smith and Carissa Sutton

Two students from the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy placed at the SkillsUSA state competition and will advance to the national finals to be held in Kansas City, Missouri.  Carissa Sutton, a senior at Coosa High, and Chance Smith, a junior at Pepperell High, will represent Floyd County Schools at the national finals.  The state contest for SkillsUSA was held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.

Sutton won a gold medal in the Internet working contest to advance.  She has completed Cisco 1 and 2 Information Technology Essentials courses at the College and Career Academy.  She hopes to pass the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam this summer.  Sutton completed her graduation requirements in December and is currently working full-time as a network technician intern at Floyd Medical Center. 

Smith has completed the ITE, Cisco requirements and will soon complete Cisco 2 requirements at the College and Career Academy.  Chance finished with a silver medal in a large field competing at the state level to advance to nationals.  Smith won a gold medal at the region competition. 

Colby O'Neal, Jennifer Rutledge, and Katie Pitman of Pepperell High; and Tyler Stahl of Model High also competed in the Georgia SkillsUSA state competition.  Each placed first or second at the region level to earn the right to compete at state.  O’Neal competed in Graphic Communications; Rutledge in screen printing; Pitman, pin design; and Stahl in advertisement design.

SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers through active partnerships between employers and educators. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.