Alamance Community College, in its second consecutive appearance at the SkillsUSA North Carolina Conference competition, came home with first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place finishes in Cosmetology at the 53rd annual conference held at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 19.
ACC’s results are most impressive because students were competing against hundreds of other community college students from across North Carolina, as well as high school competitors.
SkillsUSA is a national and statewide organization that provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms. The organization’s website emphasizes its partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
The ACC cosmetology students won the top five awards in the category of Postsecondary Cosmetology Showcase as follows: 1st: America Luna Prado for her display titled “Dia De Los Muertos”; 2nd: Maria Yanaz; 3rd: Jameka Jeffries; 4th Paw Wah; and 5th: Alyssa Southern.
ACC Career and College Promise student Ciara Ross won first place for her project titled “Once Upon a Time” in the Secondary High School Cosmetology Showcase. She is also a student at Western Alamance High School. In addition, ACC student Madison Globuschutz won fifth place in the Postsecondary Hair Coloring category.
The Cosmetology showcase involved preparing portfolios and performing a hands-on exercise that demonstrated the outlined procedure.
ACC’s participation in this huge event evolved a year ago following a united effort on the parts of Cosmetology and Dental Assisting department heads who had previously served as judges. With the belief that ACC students could compete at this level of competition, the instructors received go-ahead from administrators and used Perkins Grant funds to join the organization in 2017.