April 18, 2007

Area Manufacturing Students Take Top Awards at SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championship

Eight Mid-South Community College students earned two gold medals, three silver medals, and a bronze medal in the Arkansas SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Championships at Hot Springs on April 17-18. Mike Jones (pictured center), a student in MSCC’s Heavy Truck Diesel Maintenance program, captured first place in the Secondary Diesel Truck competition, and Deborah Brown and Cedric Paxton, both of West Memphis, teamed up for a victory in the Postsecondary TV/Video Production division.

The gold medalists earned the right to compete in the National SkillsUSA Competition in June in Kansas City.

The SkillsUSA Championships is a multimillion dollar event that showcases the best career and technical students in the nation. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly
evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

West Memphis, Arkansas, is a home to industrial parks, distribution centers, and raw property that make prime locations for corporations looking to open a new distribution centers, processing centers, or manufacturing facilities. These properties are convenient to intermodal rail yards, major interstate highway access, deepwater river ports, a major cargo airport, and a MSA population of more than 1 million. Relocating and expanding companies can get vital site selection data and incentive information about these promising locations from West Memphis Economic Development.