CLTCC to host regional SkillsUSA competition downtown


ALEXANDRIA, La. (CLTCC) - Students from all eight Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) campuses will compete in 21 work skill categories in the school’s 2020 SkillsUSA Regional competition at the downtown Alexandria campus on February 21 to determine which students will represent CLTCC in the state competition.

The college anticipates over 125 participating in the Downtown Alexandria event, the first-ever held in the downtown area.

“SkillsUSA is an incredible program, and we have a record number of students competing this year from CLTCC,” said Chancellor Jimmy Sawtelle. “Last year we had students competing in seven categories. This year it is 21, so we tripled the number. I’m so proud of our students for wanting to develop their skills and compete to be the best.”

SkillsUSA is a national organization where students, instructors and business and industry partners work together to produce a “highly skilled” American workforce.

The regional competition will be held in Alexandria, with activities at both the main campus on Murray Street and at the Advanced Manufacturing Center on Second Street. The event will begin with an opening ceremony, followed by the various skills competitions, and then wrap up that evening with a closing ceremony and awards celebration.

Activities will start at the Advanced Manufacturing Center with opening ceremonies set for 7:30 a.m. Students will be competing in Welding, Manufacturing and Electrician skills. Opening ceremonies at the main building on Murray Street will start at 8:30 a.m. Students will be competing in Allied Health, Computer Technology, Architect and Drafting and T-shirt and Pin Design.

The closing ceremony and award presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the main campus building on Murray Street. Winners will be recognized with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. All medalists will qualify to advance to the state competition, which will be held in March at Delta State Community College in Monroe.

In addition to the regional competition in Alexandria Feb. 21, two smaller competitions will be held in advance. On Feb. 18, students at the Lamar Salter Campus in Leesville will compete in Automotive, Carpentry and Outdoor Power Equipment. On Feb. 19, students at the Natchitoches Campus will compete in Cosmetology and Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning.

“All of the events, from the opening ceremonies, the skills competitions and the closing ceremonies are free and open to the public,” said CLTCC SkillsUSA Advisor Stephanie Gaspard. “We would love to have people from the community join us in cheering on our students. They work so hard all year long and we would love for people to see how proficient and highly skilled these students are. It is amazing to see.”

The students will be giving the public more than just a show. As part of this year’s competition, the school added a community service project. As part of the activities during the Regional Competition students will be working with representatives from the United Way of Central Louisiana to bag donated food.

“Our students at all eight campuses have been collecting food for this project,” said CLTCC Director of Student Services Meredith Rennier. “During the competition, we will package the donated food and get it to the local United Way, which will make sure it goes to people in need in the community. Central Louisiana has given us so much, our students are happy to have the opportunity to give back.”

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