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Louisville, KY– Vincent Morris, of White Oak, NC, has placed 9th in the SkillsUSA national championship competition in Welding Sculpture. The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, KY, took place this summer, as part of the 55th SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students.

During the week, more than 6,600 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed in over 100 different hands-on trade, technical and leadership fields. Five hundred and one North Carolinians from nineteen community colleges, forty-one high schools, three middle schools, and one university participated in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

North Carolina was very well represented with a strong performance in the SkillsUSA Championships, earning a total of 78 medallions. This was the highest total medal count in the nation! Champion students brought home 20 gold medals, 33 silver medals, and 25 bronze medals.

Vincent Morris is a second year welding student at Bladen Community College (BCC). Vince is a true champion and his dedication to excellence in his trade, as well as, leadership skills were evident in the competition.

During the national competition, Vince worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise and skill in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. All contests are conducted with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.


SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information: www.skillsusa.org

If you are interested in enrolling at Bladen Community College and learning more about the opportunities to participate in SkillsUSA, visit our websire www.bladencc.edu and explore SkillsUSA at www.SkillsUSA.org.