A result of the quality programming and instruction provided in the Career and Technical Center (C&TC) at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA)-Helena-West Helena, the PCCUA teams brought back several awards from the recent Arkansas SKillsUSA Conference, and an instructor brought back a prestigious award.
Both Robotics and Automation Technology Information teams from PCCUA-Helena placed at the Arkansas SkillsUSA Conference in Hot Springs. Team 1, consisting of Kevin Maxey and Cedric Holloway, won silver. Team 2, consisting of Tristan Honeycutt and Brian Merryweather, won gold.
In addition, C&TC instructor Bert Chu received an Honorary Lifetime Member Award from Arkansas Skills USA, which is the highest award given to an individual by Arkansas SkillsUSA.
The conference is designed to help students and instructors in preparation for the world of work. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. This student organization is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. It helps each student excel by providing quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, character development, and community service. SkillsUSA builds and reinforces personal self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It also emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work.