Teens graduating high school need marketable skills to stand out in the crowd of young people looking to extend their education or enter the workforce. Both essentials for graduate success are goals of the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy. Students from the school demonstrated their talents at a recent competition called Skills USA Georgia. The program prides itself on helping students further their knowledge in career technical fields and providing the young people with challenges and opportunities to display their talents in competition.
Four students from the FCS College and Career Academy accepted the challenge and excelled in Skills USA 2015 involving 400 area participants in the competition held at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Alex Castro, a senior at Armuchee High; Bradley Forman, a senior at Model High; Peyton Wentz, a senior at Coosa High; and Matt Beard, a senior at Model High; took home medals in the annual skill showcase.
Alex Castro, won first place in Computer Maintenance Technology. Castro is a senior in the Computers, Programming, APPS and Games program at the CCA. The program focuses on emerging technologies to prepare students for the rapidly evolving job market. Students build and maintain computers, networks, drones, 3-D printers and 3-D scanners. Students can choose form any of those options or pursue programming, animation or game design. The program uses state-of-the-art hardware and software, including DJI and Parrot Drones, MendalMax 3-D printers, NextEngine scanners, AutoDesk 3-D design software and Cisco Networking curriculum.
Bradley Forman, took second place in Precision Machining Technology. Forman is a senior in the Metals Technology program where students experience working with sheet metal, welding, CAD design, and CNC plasma cutting. The program is accredited through the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia.
Matt Beard, earned a third place finish in the welding competition. Beard is a senior in the Metals Technology program.
Peyton Wentz, took third place in Advertising Design. Wentz is a senior in the Graphic Communications program at the CCA. The course teaches desktop publishing, copy preparation, composition, reproduction photography, screen printing and more skills involved in graphic design. The program is accredited through the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF).
Area business and industry leaders participate as judges in the competition along with high school instuctors and staff members from Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Skills USA Georgia challenges a student to work hard in the classroom to hone their craft. The competition allows students to display their technical skill, perfect their skill to help them obtain an entry level job, and provides them more opportunities to further their education at a technical college. The Skills USA Georgia yearly competition holds regional events to determine who will go to the state level competition. Students placing at state qualify for national competition.