Seven Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) students on the school’s 2019 SkillsUSA Team advanced to the SkillsUSA National Championships after earning gold medals in the state SkillsUSA Championships.

The medals were presented at the La. Leadership and Skills Conference April 3-5 at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles. CLTCC team members won gold in Customer Service, Medical Math, Nursing Assistant, Practical Nursing and Welding Fabrication. SkillsUSA is a national organization where students, instructors and business and industry partners work together to produce a “highly skilled” American workforce.

In February, 90 of CLTCC’s 109 SkillsUSA team members from all eight campuses participated in regional competitions with 27 SkillsUSA members and nine advisors advancing to compete in the Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships.

The competitions were judged by business and industry partners, faculty and other experts in the respective competitions areas. The state competition gold medal winners advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky., June 24 – 28.

A Welding Fabrication Team member competes during the 2019 Louisiana SkillsUSA Championships in Lake Charles. The team won the gold medal, advancing to the National Championships in June in Louisville, Ky.

Competition results are as follows:

Customer Service

Gold – Gage Webb, Alexandria Campus

Bronze – Amber Duron, Lamar Salter/ Leesville

Campus Health Knowledge Bowl

Silver – Haley Russell, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus Gabrielle Trevino, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus Kelsey Davis, Huey P. Long/Winnfield Campus Straton Rymer, Ferriday Campus Bronze – Krystal Modisette, Huey P. Long/Winnfield Campus •Kara Horton, Natchitoches Campus •Tycianna Caldwell, Natchitoches Campus Heather Bradford, Rod Brady/Jena Campus

Medical Math

Gold – Justine “Blair” Phillips, Rod Brady/Jena Campus Medical Terminology Bronze – Krystal Modisette, Huey P. Long/ Winnfield Campus

Nursing Assistant

Gold – Heather Bradford – Rod Brady/ Jean Campus

Silver – Gabrielle Trevino, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus Bronze – Lacey Stevenson, Ward H. Nash – Avoyelles Campus

Practical Nursing

Gold – Tycianna Caldwell, Natchitoches Campus

Welding Fabrication

Gold – Chris Koon, Rod Brady/Jena Campus Ryan Smith, Rod Brady/Jena Campus Jo’qarius Jones, Alexandria Campus Bronze – Jance Jones, Sabine Campus Brian Cornell, Alexandria Campus Dezmon Valdez, Ferriday Campus