PAINTSVILLE – Big Sandy Community and Technical College hosted the SkillsUSA Northeast Regional competition on its Mayo campus on Friday.
More than 150 students from Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties competed in 37 categories.
“We’re honored to host such an event that promotes career and technical education,” said Kelli Chaney, dean of career and technical education and workforce development. “This is an opportunity to promote skilled trades and to showcase our wonderful technical programs to high school students and our Area Technology Center partners.”
BSCTC recruiters were on hand, as well as admissions and financial aid staff to assist students with programming, admission and financial aid.
“This is all about the students,” said Billie Jean Cole, director of enrollment services at BSCTC. “Our partnerships with our high schools and area technology centers are strong, and we appreciate the support and trust these schools have in us, to deliver quality higher education and workforce training.”
To help ease the financial burden of transporting students to and from the competition, BSCTC covered the cost of transportation for participating schools through a grant it received from the Kentucky Coal County Completion program.
Mike Jude, who works at the Martin County Area Technology Center and serves as coordinator of the SkillsUSA program, said the partnership with the college has allowed the SkillsUSA program to flourish over the years.
“The college has led by example by starting its own SkillsUSA chapter,” said Jude. “We are very fortunate to have a college like Big Sandy as a valued partner.” Dr. Alan Scheibmeir, interim president of BSCTC, spoke during the opening ceremonies. He encouraged students to have fun and use the competition as a learning experience. “I want to encourage you to be proud of yourself,” said Dr. Scheibmeir. “I also want to encourage you to thank those who have helped you along the way.”