Gwinnett Tech Student Wins First Place at SkillsUSA National Competition

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON — Learning to perform CPR and administer first aid correctly are essential skills for healthcare workers. However, at SkillsUSA it is also a competitive event where Gwinnett Technical College student Tracy Vogt shone, bringing home a national win and a gold medal.

Lawrenceville resident Vogt previously earned a diploma in paramedicine and returned to Gwinnett Technical College to complete a degree in the same program. Her plans are to apply to the nursing bridge program once she has completed the prerequisites. It was while taking one of those prerequisites that an instructor encouraged the Berkmar High School graduate to compete at the state level.

Vogt won first place at the state level, along with four other Gwinnett Tech students. The five were then invited to compete at the national level in June where Vogt again turned in a gold medal-winning performance. According to Vogt, the competition consisted of two different assessments. The first was a 100 question test on the subject matter and the second a practical exam consisting of five different stations.

“The hardest part was the practical exam,” Vogt said. “There were five stations and each tested a new skill.”

The SkillsUSA competitions begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The nonprofit organization serves teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to develop a strong workforce for America.

“The most memorable part for me was competition day,” said Vogt. “All the students were together in the same arena, all competing in their specialties. It was very united. It was a very positive environment. I made friends in several different states, and all with the same goals. This was an incredible experience and I was honored to be able to be a part of it.”

Gwinnett Technical College offers more than 150 degree, diploma and certificate program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu or call 770-962-7580. Fall semester begins August 19.

August 6, 2015