SCC Students Take Home Top SkillsUSA Awards

Stanly Community College (SCC) Technology students were able to attend and participate in the SkillsUSA North Carolina Leadership and Skills Conference held in April. SkillsUSA is a partnership between students, teachers, and industry representatives to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA, formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) is a national organization serving teachers and high school/college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

This past April, SCC Technology students participated in rigorous state level events that brought home first, second and third place awards. Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) student Zachary Albertson won first place in Electronics Technology; EET student Jeremy Almond won second place in Internetworking; and EET student Casey Stirewalt won third place in Internetworking. Hunter Tucker, who is a Computer Engineering Technology student, won second place in Computer Maintenance Technology, and Kevin Sanders, also a Computer Engineering Technology student, won second place in Job Interview.

In recent years, Electronics Technology students from both Stanly County Schools (SCS) and Stanly Community College have had a very impressive track record at the SkillsUSA contests. For example, this is the fourth year in a row that SCC has won first place in the state competitions. Additionally, our county high school students had outstanding success in the same contest, particularly in the electronics technology category, where North, South, and West high schools locked-out all others from a total of twenty-one entries to win all of the top five places. Thirteen of those high school entries were from Stanly County Schools. In the last six years, there have been a total of seven state winners from SCS and SCC who have gone on to compete at a national level in the electronics technology area. Competition levels include state, national, and world. In recent years, Stanly County has also had state winners in Computer Maintenance, Internetworking, Principles of Technology, and Masonry. As a result of the state conference outcomes, a total of four SCC and SCS students will represent North Carolina at the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Louisville later this month.

Coincidently, SCC now employs two Electronics Engineering Technology instructors, Gary Hatley and Jeff Swaringen, who came through those same high school electronics classrooms as students in the 70s and 80s and competed in SkillsUSA.

If you would like more information about the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Stanly Community College, please contact Gary Hatley at (704) 991-0135 or

SkillsUSA Winners

2015 SkillsUSA winners include (L-R): First Place Electronics Technology—Zachary Albertson, Second Place Internetworking—Jeremy Almond, Second Place Computer Maintenance Technology—Hunter Tucker, Second Place Job Interview—Kevin Sanders, and Third Place Internetworking—Casey Stirewalt.