NWF State College Students Shine at SkillsUSA State Competition

Photo Caption: (L-R) Lena Webb (Niceville), Gabrielle Jackson (Crestview), Candice Jackson-Montague (Niceville), Ariel Sprague (Niceville), Suzette “Michelle” Brazill (DeFuniak Springs), Jacquelyn Figueroa (Fort Walton Beach), Rachel Williams (Crestview), Samuel McClead (Valparaiso), Amber Mihacsi (Shalimar), Jami Schultz (Niceville) and Donna Michelle Long (Navarre)

NICEVILLE, FL – NWF State College students brought home three first place and two second place accolades from the SkillsUSA State Conference held in Pensacola on April 7 – April 9, 2019. All NWF students who placed first in their category at the state level are invited to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on June 24-28, 2019.

“Our SkillsUSA students continuously perform at the highest level,” said Michael Erny, dean of career education. “We look forward to celebrating their success at the statewide competition and wish them the best of luck at nationals.”

The following students placed:

Audio/Radio Production

  • 1st Place Team—Samuel McClead (Valparaiso) and Rachel Williams (Crestview)

Early Childhood Education

  • 1st Place—Lena Webb (Niceville)

Career Pathways

  • 2nd Place Team—Donna Michelle Long (Navarre), Amber Mihacsi (Shalimar) and Jami Schultz (Niceville)

Computer Programming

  • 1st Place—Gabrielle Jackson (Crestview)

Medical Terminology

  • 2nd Place—Jacquelyn Figueroa (Fort Walton Beach)

“We are exceptionally proud of our students’ performances at this year’s SkillsUSA State Conference,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president. “Our faculty have created a very effective learning environment that is producing well-prepared graduates with excellent employable skills.  Developing a well-trained workforce is a primary focus for Northwest Florida State College.”

SkillsUSA is an educational partnership providing students, teachers and other professionals with the tools needed to excel in the workforce.  Each year, SkillsUSA puts on several competitions at the local, regional, state and national levels to test the skillset of students who are preparing to begin their careers.

For more information about SkillsUSA at NWF, contact Brittany Johnson, Coordinator of Career & Technical Education, at [email protected] or (850) 502-5903 ex. 6150.

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