Students Go Head To-Head – And Come Out Ahead

Winning students from competition

The SkillsUSA Championships is one of a number of different industry-related competitions that Forsyth Tech students have the opportunity to participate in. This event serves as an annual showcase for the best SkillsUSA students across the nation. SkillsUSA is an organization that helps prepare students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Each year, contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels, with only state winners advancing to the national competition. At this year’s Championships in Kansas City, more than 6,000 state contest winners competed in 99 different categories, working against the clock and head-to-head against contestants from other schools to show their expertise. Forsyth Tech is honored to have had five students receive medals this year across a variety of categories.

These medals not only reward Forsyth Tech students for their excellence but also demonstrate the college’s ability to produce graduates ready to enter the workplace with the skills and education needed to succeed. Keeping training relevant to employers’ needs is a critical component of the education Forsyth Tech constantly seeks to provide to its students, and each year, the SkillsUSA Championships gives them an opportunity to directly involve industry in the evaluation of their performance. We congratulate these five students for their success, representing Forsyth Tech’s Screen Printing Technology, TV/Video Production and Audio/Radio Production programs:

Rashaun Edwards won a Silver medal in Screen Printing Technology. Rashaun was tested on his ability to prepare screens, register a multicolor design on a manual four-color one-station rotary press and print a multi-color design on a manual six-color four-station rotary press. He also completed a written technical knowledge test and participated in an oral professional assessment.

Justin Dorsey and Randy Maynard won a Bronze medal in TV/ Video Production. The team had to plan and shoot a video (30 seconds or one minute in length) on location to convey the “theme” of the event – SkillsUSA: 50 Years of Champions at Work. Editing was done in the contest area with special emphasis on professional production of the video by industry standards, quality of audio and video, and adequate conveyance of the “theme” to the viewer.

Sean Killebrew and Monica Cooper won a Bronze medal in Audio/ Radio Production. The team produced (planned, wrote, voiced, recorded, edited, rendered, etc.) a five-minute sound and interview-only news story, with a 30-second ad spot produced and inserted into the production. The task required them to demonstrate their ability to plan a project that meets a specific prompt and run time; gather, edit and mix a variety of audio sources; and finally, render the completed project to a specified audio file.