March 28, 2017 - Albany, GA - Albany Technical College students attended the SkillsUSA State Conference at Atlanta Technical College on March 23rd through 25th, bringing back several awards.

Students from Welding Technology, Dental Assisting, Nursing, Masonry and Cosmetology all represented Albany Tech. Two students won Gold Awards: Dennis Benton (Welding Sculpture) and Cemon Ross (Dental Assisting); Three students won Silver Awards: Amanda Duncan (Dental Assisting), Kristen Williams (First Aid/CPR), and Khalif Colier (Masonry); and two students won Bronze Awards: Aujanela Alexander (Nail Care), Melissa Jarrett, Jeanette Bradley, Amber Nelson, and Azsaaunna Bryant (Health Knowledge Bowl).

Gold Award winners Dennis Benton and Cemon Ross will move on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.


Albany Technical College SkillsUSA State Competition winners
Albany Technical College SkillsUSA State Competition winners (left to right): Amanda Duncan, Kristen Williams, Cemon Ross, Azsaaunna Bryant, Melissa Jarrett, Aujaneia Alexander, and Dennis Benton. Not pictured: Jeanette Bradley, Amber Nelson, Khalif Colier


Cemon Ross and Dennis Benton
FINALIST, Left: Cemon Ross (Gold Winner in Dental Assisting) and Dennis Benton (Gold Winner in Welding Sculpture).


Health Knowledge Bowl Team
Health Knowledge Bowl Team: Azsaauna Bryant, Melissa Jarrett, Amber Nelson, Jeanette Bradley


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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, go to: