SkillsUSA NH Contest Held at Great Bay Community College

03/14/2016 by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College was one of 7 contest sites hosting students as part of the annual SkillsUSA NH competition happening this week and next week.  SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. A total of 52 contests will take place statewide through March 18 with students competing in a variety of different areas, culinary, carpentry, leadership, and electrical to name a few.  These students are hoping to win a gold medal in their field to have the opportunity to go to the SkillsUSA National Conference that is held in Louisville, Kentucky.

For over 10 years, Great Bay has been a partner in the program providing a facility and expertise from faculty who, in compliance with SkillsUSA standards, create contest challenges and help to judge.

Students who participated in the GBCC event were presented with contests in the areas of Information Technology Services, Internetworking, Technical Computer Applications, Telecommunications Cabling and Computer Programming. Forty-five students from area Career and Technical Centers from around the state participated in this event. Examples of challenges included troubleshooting computer or networking equipment, design & install networking cables for a building, timed events where you create a customers web page or design and code a program for a customer.

“The event is a great opportunity for students to showcase their skills but also gain exposure to careers and educational pathways in technical fields” said Meg Prescott, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator/Computer Technologies at Great Bay Community College. “We see some great talent every year.  I’ve seen some students today who have the skills now to be hired as programmers.”

Winners of today’s competition will be announced at the SkillsUSA NH awards ceremony on March 20th at Sanborn Regional High School. “We have the best talent in career and technical education working the rooms at Great Bay today” said Kate Krumm, state director from SkillsUSA NH.  “both students and teachers.”