But folks like Joel Leonard of The Forge have ideas about how we can change that for the better. Joel sent myself and others the following e-mail:
"How can we help these students get to national competitions? Schools don’t cover travel costs. Sadly if this was a basketball or football competition, funds would emerge, but not for these competitions. And we wonder why companies can’t find skilled talent.
Hope that more contact Gene Holder Chair Elect at The Weaver Academy to get his input on steps forward. Gene Holder firstname.lastname@example.org
GCS Students Soar at SkillsUSA Contest
Seven first-place winners will move on to national competition in June
· Brannon Carty, Northwest High/Weaver Academy, and Maleek Loyd, Weaver Academy – Digital Cinema
· Benjamin Skaggs, Grimsley High/Weaver Academy – Internetworking
· Nicholas Andrew Stemen, Northwest High/Weaver Academy – Telecommunication Cabling
Lawson Rudisill, Grimsley High/Weaver Academy, and Vijay Purswani, Northwest High/ Weaver Academy – TV/Video Production
· Jacques Bene, Northern High/Weaver Academy – Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Turning Specialist
· Paul Wheeler, Southwest High/Weaver Academy – Collision Repair/Body Repair
· Ethan Smith, Southwest High/Weaver Academy – Internetworking
· Ashton Micayla Hallisey, Northern High/Weaver Academy – Telecommunication Cabling
· Tate Shanklin, Eastern High/Weaver Academy – Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Milling Specialist
· Anthony Davis, Southwest High/Weaver Academy – CNC Turning SpecialistsThird place
· Collin Crosby, Southwest High/Weaver Academy – Collision Repair/Painting
· Peter Muniz, Southeast High/Weaver Academy – Computer Maintenance Technology
· Craig Ingle, Dudley High/Weaver Academy – CNC Milling Specialist
· Alexander Klug, Lyly Jennings, Taysha Meadows and Khalil Howard, Page High -- TV/Video Production
· Nathan Schimmel, Southern High/Weaver Academy – Computer Maintenance Technology
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com. "
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