ALBANY, GA – Nineteen students from Albany Technical College and advisors will attend the SkillsUSA State Conference March 21-23 in Atlanta, GA.  Winning students will continue on to compete in national competition later in the year.  

The majority of the technical colleges have SkillsUSA chapters. Membership in SkillsUSA affords students the opportunity to demonstrate occupational and leadership skills by competing in state and national competitions. SkillsUSA State competitions are held annually in the spring and the national competitions are held in June. At the annual-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,200 students compete in 91 occupational and leadership areas. At the state level, approximately 500 students compete in about 64 occupational and leadership contests.

SkillsUSA is a United States career and technical student organization serving more than 300,000 middle school, high school, and college students and professional members enrolled in

training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The organization is dedicated to preparing America’s high-performance workers in public career and technical programs.

SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work— high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service. Its mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

The following is a list of participating students.  

First NameLast NameProgramArea of Competition
Kimberly Adams Dental Dental Assisting
Jeanette Bradley Medical Assisting Medical Assisting
Khalif Collier, Sr. Masonry Masonry
Amber Corley Cosmetology Nail Care
Sara Dell Welding Welding Art Sculpture
Sharna Epps Criminal Justice Criminal Justice
Donna Gaskins ECE Early Childhood Education
Anfernee Hill Auto Collision Collision Repair Technology
Janae Jones Cosmetology Esthetics
LaKeyah Lawson Radiological Technology Health Knowledge Bowl
Allison Lodge Radiological Technology Health Knowledge Bowl
Trimesha Mason Cosmetology Barbering
Kierra McDowell Radiological Technology Health Knowledge Bowl Alternate
Jala Morris Cosmetology Esthetics Model
Kaitlyn Parrish Radiological Technology Health Knowledge Bowl
Crystal-Marie Smith Cosmetology Cosmetology
Olivia Thomas Cosmetology Nail Care Model
Dujuante Ward Radiological Technology Health Knowledge Bowl
Dexter Wells Auto Collision Collision repair technology


  • Elliott Bonds
  • Ray Dell
  • Arniecesha Price
  • Mary Richardson
  • Clifford Singleton
  • Lisa Stephens
  • Justin Wilcox

About Albany Technical College

A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to or become a fan on Facebook at or on Twitter at You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting .

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This non-profit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, visit