SkillsUSA NH Contest held at Great Bay Community College 

PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College is one of 12 contest sites hosting students as part of the annual SkillsUSA NH competition.  SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. According to Jeffrey Stuart, executive director SkillsUSA NH, a total of 42 contests will take place statewide with students competing in a variety of different areas, including culinary, carpentry, leadership, and electrical.  The students are hoping to win a gold medal in their field and have the opportunity to go to the SkillsUSA National Conference that is held in Atlanta, Georgia.

SkillsUSA NH competition judge George Brooks of Vantage Technologies offers guidance to student Tyler Chocala of Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE in Derry as he participates in the cable installation competition.

For over 15 years, Great Bay has been a partner in the program providing a facility, equipment and expertise from faculty who, in compliance with SkillsUSA standards, create contest challenges and help to judge.

SkillsUSA NH student participant Tyler Chocala of Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE in Derry

Students who participated in the GBCC event were presented with contests in the areas of wiring, PC repair, networking and computer programming. Four schools from area Career and Technical Centers from around the state participated in the event. Examples of challenges included troubleshooting computer or networking equipment, design and installing networking cables for a building, and timed events on website design and coding.

SkillsUSA NH competition judges, Mike Harrison of Great Bay Community College, and George Brooks of Vantage Technologies look on as student Tyler Chocala of Pinkerton Academy Center for CTE in Derry participates in the cable installation competition held at GBCC this past Friday, one of forty-two SKillsUSA NH competitions held statewide this month.

Sanford Job Corps now enrolling students

SANFORD, Maine — Job Corps is currently enrolling youth 16 to 24 years old who are interested in learning career training in areas such as automotive, welding, healthcare, electrical, culinary arts, among others, through free training. Virtual and online learning options available. Earn a high school diploma or equivalency degree and driver’s license at the same time.  Housing and meals included at no additional cost. Job placement is offered once program is complete.

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