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Four NGTC students medal at 52nd SkillsUSA National Championship contests
Four Georgia college students earn medals during SkillsUSA.

Four North Georgia Technical College students earned medals in their respective contests at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Championships held in Louisville, Ky., this summer.

Kristen Dignen, a medical assisting student from the Blairsville campus, competed in job skills demonstration A and placed second.

Marine engine technology student Mike Allen, from the Clarkesville campus, took third place in marine service technology.

Nathan Miller and Caleb Sowell, industrial systems technology students from the Currahee campus, competed as a team in the robotics and automation technology contest and placed third.

SkillsUSA is a national career and technical student organization with chapters at high schools and colleges across the country.

Since 1967, it has hosted the national championships for public high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

Students begin by competing in local and state competitions leading up to a trip to the nationals, where there are more than 100 contests and 6,000 competitors from all 50 states and two territories.

The contests are designed by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management in the industries and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.

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