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Wallace State wins record 31 gold medals, 55 overall at SkillsUSA competition

Byre Forbes of Wallace State’s Academy of Culinary Arts won the program’s first gold medal at the state SkillsUSA competition.

HANCEVILLE –  Wallace State Community College’s students continue to shine at the state SkillsUSA competition.

Wallace State recently had a record 31 first-place finishers at the event, each winning a gold medal, and the college once again collected the Highest Participation Award and Highest Membership Award.

“SkillsUSA brings out the best in students. Each student who participated for us went above and beyond to put in the time necessary to be a champion,” said Wallace State’s Dean of Applied Technologies Jimmy Hodges. “SkillsUSA is a great organization to be associated with, and it’s absolutely thrilling to hear Wallace State’s name called over and over at the awards ceremony. It’s a testament to the quality of technical education that Wallace State offers to its students and shows the skilled workforce we can deliver to industry.”

In addition to the gold medals, Wallace State had 12 students respectively earn second (silver medal) and third (bronze medal) place.

Prior to the medallion ceremony, Hodges was recognized as a SkillsUSA Alabama Honorary Life Member. Since 1978, Hodges has participated in a SkillsUSA capacity, whether as a student, instructor or dean, and he’s been instrumental in increasing Wallace State’s participation in the annual event.

“I’ve always been an avid proponent of SkillsUSA. It’s important to be invested in the lives of all of our competitors, and it’s a great thing for our state,” Hodges said. “I was surprised and honored to receive the award and proud to represent Wallace State.”

Wallace State’s 2018 State SkillsUSA Competition Winners were as follows:

Adviser of the Year

2nd Place

Automotive Refinishing

3rd Place

Architectural Drafting

1st Place
3rd Place

Automated Manufacturing Technology

1st Place – Team B
3rd Place – Team C

Automotive Service Technology

1st Place

Carpentry

3rd Place

Chapter Display

1st Place – Team A

CNC Milling

2nd Place

Collision Repair

1st Place

Computer Programming

1st Place

Cosmetology Quiz Bowl

1st Place – Team B

Cosmetology 

1st Place

Culinary Arts

1st Place

Crime Scene Investigation

1st Place – Team A
2nd Place – Team B

Diesel Equipment Technology

3rd Place

Drone Technology

1st Place

Electronics Technology

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

HVAC/R

1st Place

Internetworking

1st Place
2nd Place

Job Skill Demonstration – Open

2nd Place

Mechatronics

1st Place – Team B

Prepared Speech

2nd Place

Related Technical Math

1st Place
2nd Place

Robotics and Automation Technology

1st Place – Team B
2nd Place – Team C
3rd Place – Team A

Technical Computer Applications

1st Place

Web Design

1st Place – Team A

Welding

2nd Place
3rd Place

Highest College Participation Award

Wallace State Community College

Highest College Membership Award

Wallace State Community College

Total 1st Place Winners: 31

Total 2nd Place Winners: 12

Total 3rd Place Winners: 12

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.

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    Wallace State’s Crime Scene Investigation teams won a gold and silver medal.
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    Wallace State’s Robotics and Automation Technology students combined to win a gold, silver and bronze medal at the state SkillsUSA competition.
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    Wallace State Dean of Applied Technologies Jimmy Hodges was named a SkillsUSA Alabama Honorary Life Member.