Press Release

Atlanta Technical College students win at state SkillsUSA competition

Atlanta Technical College students won nine medals at the 2012 Georgia Post-Secondary SkillsUSA Championships held in Atlanta, Georgia March 15-17.

Crystal Baptiste won the gold medal in the American Spirit competition.  Two students, Jennifer Hailey and Cherrisa Violet Esteppe won gold in allied health competitions; Hailey for Health Occupations Professional Portfolio and Esteppe for First Aid/CPR.  Devor Pina, an electrical wiring and maintenance student at Atlanta Tech earned the gold medal in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition.

Two hospitality majors, Wendell Berthoud and Abigail Anderson won silver medals.  Berthoud was recognized for achievement in Culinary Arts and Anderson for excellence in Food & Beverage.  Charles Palmer and Jonathan Powell were awarded bronze medals for Auto Collision & Repair Technology and Job Skill Demonstration Open, respectively.  The team of Dorothea Hofler, LaShanta Sanders and Julian Pettus took third place in the Community Service Team event.

The 2012 Georgia Postsecondary Skills USA Championships showcase the skills of Georgia’s technical college students through hands-on competitions in Leadership Development, Occupationally Related and Skilled and Technical Sciences contests. All first-place winners will represent the State of Georgia at the National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, June 23-27, 2012.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization helps each student to excel. Members are enrolled in trade, technical and skills service professions, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA activities foster the development of creativity, problem-solving skills, self-esteem, and integrity. Students are introduced to the corporate quality culture, which emphasizes the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics and workmanship, lifelong learning, and job safety. Community service, patriotism, and an understanding of the free enterprise system are also core elements of a SkillsUSA education.