Welding students torch the competition at regional SkillsUSA

Students competing in SkillsUSA on Friday, March 10, 2023

Three welding students from Knox County Career and Technology Center (CTC) shined bright at the regional SkillsUSA competition held Friday, March 10, 2023, at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Harlan campus.

  • Ryan Smith, first place, Welding (for advanced welding students)
  • Chris Wilson, second place, Welding Sculpture (Horse)
  • Jasper Mills, third place, Welding Sculpture (Flowers)

“We are proud of Ryan, Chris, and Jasper for their accomplishments at SkillsUSA today,” said Ralph Halcomb, principal at Knox County CTC.

“Each of these gentlemen is applying and testing their skills in an industry with high-wage jobs waiting on them if they wish to pursue the field.”

Their success in the SkillsUSA competition is just the beginning of what promises to be a bright future in welding, either as a career or as a hobby.

The SkillsUSA competition allows welding students to showcase their talents and compete against their peers. A national nonprofit organization, SkillsUSA serves teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

Students interested in pursuing the welding career pathway are encouraged to contact Monty Bingham, teacher, or Ralph Halcomb.