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SkillsUSA National Leadership success puts Georgia on national map, a total of 66 medals won

Atlanta, Georgia – Georgia took front stage this year at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, where Georgia candidates brought home 66 medals, ranking the state sixth in the country for overall medals earned. This noteworthy success emphasizes Georgia’s commitment to forward technical education and educate its citizens for the future.

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Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Greg Dozier, expressed his satisfaction at the performance of the students.

“We are incredibly proud of our students and their outstanding achievements at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference,” said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. “Their success reflects the high-quality education and training provided by our 22 technical colleges. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to our dedicated instructors and industry partners who support and inspire our students every day.”

With the higher level students securing 58 of the 66 medals, Georgia’s medals total consisted in 24 gold, 15 silver, and 19 bronze. With 18 medals, Gwinnett Technical College dominated the state; followed by Savannah Technical College with 12, and Lanier Technical College with seven.

Georgia took front stage this year at the annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, where Georgia candidates brought home 66 medals

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Dayoon Kim from Gwinnett Technical College received special honors for winning the Dr. John Scott Award for the top scoring individual contestant and shining in the Medical Math challenge. Spencer Hachem and Darin Swagerty of the Additive Manufacturing team from Chattahoochee Technical College also received the Curtiss Bell Award for the highest scoring team.

For SkillsUSA Georgia Postsecondary, this year also marked a major turning point when Emily Pinto of Augusta Technical College was chosen to be the National College/Postsecondary Vice President. Her contribution was essential in helping the conference happen which attracted more than 17,000 attendees.

As part of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA), which honors ongoing volunteer activity, the conference also recognized community service with Gwinnett Technical College earning three gold level medals and one silver award.

Further confirming Georgia’s impact in national technical education circles, Dr. Tjazha Mazhani, SkillsUSA Georgia Postgraduate State Director and TCSG Student Affairs Manager, was also voted to the SkillsUSA National Board of Directors.

More information is accessible at SkillsUSA Georgia Postsecondary’s website, https://www.skillsusagaps.org/, for individuals interested in learning more about the significant work and opportunities provided.

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With such active contributions and successes, the Technical College System of Georgia is an essential resource for producing qualified individuals able to satisfy industry needs. Go to TCSG.edu for more on TCSG and its initiatives.

More photos of event can be found here and here.

Calliope Hargrave

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