ECCC Students Win Awards at National Competition

> Five East Central Community College workforce education students received awards at the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Skill and Leadership Conference held June 24-25 in Louisville, Ky.
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> Blake Faulkner of Carthage finished fifth in the nation in Carpentry, Jay Riser of Forest finished seventh in Cabinet Making, Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia finished 11th in Sheet Metal, Chad Simoneau of Louin finished 12th in Plumbing, and William Milner of Lena finished 16th in Electrical Construction Wiring.
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> More than 6,000 students participated in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions during the two-day event.
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> “I’m extremely proud of these students for their performances at the national level,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce development at ECCC. “They demonstrated that their ECCC education had prepared them to compete head to head against the finest students from across the nation.”
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> The East Central students advanced to the national competition after finishing in first place in their respective categories at the Mississippi SkillsUSA State Competition held in Jackson this spring.
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> SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation.
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> East Central Community College students competing in the 2015 Skills USA Championships in Louisville, Ky, were (from left) William Milner of Lena, Chad Simoneau of Louin, Blake Faulkner of Carthage, Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia, and Jay Riser of Forest.
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