Skills USA 2014
College & Career Academy students place in technical skills competition
Posted on 02/14/2014
Chance Smith

Skills USA Georgia prides itself on helping students further their knowledge in career technical fields and giving them new challenges.  Two students from the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy accepted the challenge and excelled in the Skills USA Competition this year.  Chance Smith, a senior at Pepperell High and Matt Beard, a junior at Model High, both took home medals in the annual career technical skill showcase.

Chance Smith, a student in the Cisco Networking program at the College and Career Academy, brought home first place and the gold medal in the computer maintenance tech competition.  He will now move on to represent the College and Career Academy at the state finals. Steve McGraw, instructor of the Cisco program said, “Chance prepared himself, worked hard in class and made himself stand out among his peers” Smith is no stranger to success in the competition.  He finished second and won a silver medal in the state finals last year.  McGraw added, “We expect he will do great again this year.”  Cisco Networking prepares teens for the Internet economy and for the growing number of jobs in the field of information technology.

Matt Beard, a student in the Metals Technology program at the College and Career Academy,  earned a third place finish and a bronze medal in the welding competition. The third place finish did not qualify Beard for the state finals but his teacher, Dr. Chesley Chambers, applauded his accomplishment. Chambers said, “Matt is a talented young man, he’s got a lot going for him.”  In the Metals program, students experience working with sheet metal, welding, CAD design, and CNC plasma cutting.  The program is accredited through the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.

Skills USA Georgia is a career, technical and non-profit organization, designed for students who seek a career in a technical field. It is designed to challenge a student to work hard in the classroom and hone their craft.  The Skills USA competition allows students to display their technical skill, perfect their skill to help them obtain an entry level job, and provides them more opportunities to further their education at a technical college.. The Skills USA Georgia yearly competition holds regional events to determine who will go to the state level competition.  Students performing well at the state qualify for national competition. 

Matt Beard, Model High