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March 6, 2014

Calhoun hosting skills extravaganza today for Alabama high schoolers

— More than 150 students from 12 Alabama high schools — including Limestone County Career Technical Center — will take part today in a skills competition at Calhoun Community College.

The fourth-annual Skills Extravaganza allows students to compete in a realistic environment before attending state and national skills competitions such as the Alabama SkillsUSA Conference. Calhoun’s skills event will be held on the Decatur campus in the Aerospace Training Center.

Calhoun hosts the event each year for students before they participate in state and national skills competitions.

Students compete in a number of areas and disciplines, including cosmetology, computer networking, computer programming, CNC turning and milling, drafting (architectural and mechanical), heating and air-conditioning, job interviewing, machine tool technology, nail technology and welding, said Bethany Shockney, dean of Business, Technologies and Workforce Development at Calhoun.

“The students taking part in our Skills Extravaganza event will compete in contests that are based on performance standards equal to or greater than the SkillsUSA technical standards,” Shockney said. “These students will be able to measure their ability and prepare for reality, increase their competitive awareness, and align their expectations for success through real-world, hands-on activities.”

More than 150 students from the following schools have registered for the competition:

Allen Thornton Career Technical Center (Killen), Arab High School, Brewer High School, Central High School (Florence), Etowah County Career Technical Center, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (Hollywood), Gadsden City High School, Huntsville Center of Technology, Lawrence County Career and Technology Center, Limestone County Career Technical School, Madison County Career and Technical Center, and Winston County Technical Center.

For more information on the 2014 Skills Extravaganza, go online to> /SkillsExtravaganza or call 256-306-2649.


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