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STC Award Winner
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

August 10--  Monica Howard, a Business Administrative Technology student at Southeastern Technical College, recently competed in the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City and brought home the second place medal in the customer service category.


Medal winner Monica Howard (L) and her STC instructor Tina Jernigan. 

“It was a once in a life time experience to compete at the national level,” said Howard.  “I was so excited to show off my customer service skills.  Then when they announced my name at the awards ceremony for the silver medal, I was shocked! I placed second in the nation.  How cool is that?  I would also like to encourage everyone that has the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA to do so.  Skills offers you learning experiences that no one will ever be able to take away from you.”     

“This year’s competition was great. This was the first year I had a student place first to be able to compete at the national competition in Kansas City,” said Tina Jernigan, Business Administrative Technology instructor.  “Unlike Monica, I was not surprised that she placed in the top three. She did a great job and represented Southeastern Tech well. She is very deserving of this award. I encourage as many students as possible to join Skills USA. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to become involved in their school and community.”

Southeastern Tech had three first place winners in the state competition that went on to compete at the national competition.  Crystal Coleman won first place for First Aid/CPR; Monica Howard won for Customer Service; and Michelle Smith Lank won for Preschool Teaching Assistant. 

During the competition, students compete against other students throughout the nation in technical, trade and leadership competitions.

SkillsUSA is a national organization of more than 300,000 students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, skilled service, and health occupations excel towards their career goals.


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