SCC Students Bring Home SkillsUSA National Awards

Stanly Community College (SCC) students recently took a trip to Louisville, KY, to participate in the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 6,000 extraordinary career and technical education students traveled from around the nation to compete in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields during this weeklong event.

For the first time in SCC’s history, students brought home national awards. "We are very proud of all our students that participated in this year’s SkillsUSA event," commented, Gary Hatley, SCC Advisor and Electronics Engineering Technology Program Head. "Many thanks to those of you who helped to make this awesome opportunity possible for our students."

The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for middle school, high school and post-secondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs. Each SkillsUSA Championship contestant is a state gold medalist. SkillsUSA organizes the event, and is considered the largest skill contest in the world at an annually estimated cost of more than $36 million. (

Mr. Hatley added, "The networking opportunities for the students are huge. For example, Michael Brien, an SCC Information Technology, Network Management student, had Mike Meyers, a leading authority on CompTIA Certifications and President and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, offer to be a reference for him on his resume and invited him to come back to be a judge at next year's nationals."

Brandon Crump, SCC Advisor and IT Academy Instructor, noted, "There are those that work hard and those that take credit. Our competitors chose to work hard and take credit after winning."

Stanly Community College instructors who served as judges for the 2017 SkillsUSA competition included Dan Parmer, Associate Dean of Engineering Technologies, Jeff Swaringen, Electronics Engineering Technology Instructor, Brian Crump, Program Head, Information Technology/Network Management, Frank Lambert, Networking Technology Instructor, and Kelly Caudle, Program Head, Cisco Academy Support Center, Instructor Training Center, VMware Academy, IT Academy and Lead Instructor.

For more information about SCC’s Engineering and Technology programs, contact Gary Hatley at (704) 991-0135, or Brandon Crump at (704) 991-0319.

Michael Brien, Brandon Crump, William Carriker, Ryan Hittepole, Jason Addison, David Cummens, Curt Love, and Gary Hatley

Pictured from left to right: Michael Brien, Information Technology Services Gold winner, Brandon Crump, William Carriker, Telecommunications Cabling Silver winner, Ryan Hittepole, Mechatronics (Team) Bronze winner, Jason Addison, Mechatronics (Team) Bronze winner, David Cummens, Internetworking, 9th Place winner, Curt Love, Electronics Technology Gold winner, and Gary Hatley.