SkillsUSA Competition Hosted in Clay County

Staff Report, March 3, 2016

Clay County, KY - The Clay County-Area Technology Center hosted the SkillsUSA regional competition on March 2, 2016. Career & Technical Education (CTE) students from Clay, Bell, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle and Whitley counties competed.

The competition focused on welding technology skills in:

  • Metal inert gas (MIG) welding, a welding process in which an electric arc forms between a consumable wire electrode and the workpiece metal(s), which heats the workpiece metal(s), causing them to melt and join.

  • Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, which is an arc welding process that uses a non-consumable tungsten electrode to produce the weld.

  • Acetylene torch cutting processes.

    More people in the community need to know of the amazing talent and skills that the Clay County ATC students demonstrate. The students compete against the most highly skilled technical students in the region to earn honors and accolades for their school, their community, and their families. They are the next generation of highly skilled technicians and will become qualified for higher wage, higher demand careers in welding technology!

    These students utilize critical thinking skills in the application of precision mathematical calculations, geometric configurations, technical reading, chemical analysis and problem solving with welding equipment and materials. This is the application of STEM-science, technology, engineering, and math skills in design thinking and material fabrication!

    Mrs. Diana Rowland, SkillsUSA Regional Advisor and Mr. Anthony Young, ATC Principal, provided all of the guests with some great Clay County hospitality and a tasty BBQ lunch. Mr. Terry Gray, Director, EKU Manchester Campus, visited the ATC to express and show his support for Career & Technical Education (CTE).

    Pictured is Dakota Smith, senior at Clay County High School, with his safety glasses and heat-resistant gloves preparing for his competition.

    Pictured left: CCHS student utilizing acetylene gas to demonstrate cutting processes.

    Pictured right: Clay County High School senior Dakota Smith, with his safety glasses and heat-resistant gloves prepares for the competition.

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