Fulgham advances in SkillsUSA competition

From Press Reports

Nine East Mississippi Community College students will trek to Louisville, Ky., in June for the chance to become SkillsUSA national champions.

In total, 18 EMCC Golden Triangle campus students from six different EMCC programs placed in the Mississippi SkillsUSA March 4 in Jackson, with nine claiming first place.

They included Clayton Fulgham of Maben, who placed first in Motorcycle Service Technology.

A reception was held April 9 at EMCC’s GT campus to congratulate the competitors on their success at the state competition and wish them luck at nationals.

“The Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Division is so proud of all these students. And we wanted to thank them for taking the time and putting forth the effort to succeed in such a public venue, which makes EMCC look good by affiliation,” said Susan Baird, assistant dean for the MTE division, which oversees EMCC’s career-technical programs represented at SkillsUSA.

Clayton Fulgham

Clayton Fulgham

The Automotive program, which had a two-time national champion in Dale Brand of West Point in 2013 and 2014, had seven first-place finishers at state competition this year.

“Just coming from EMCC with a large group of competitors is not enough to win year in and year out,” said Dale Henry, Automotive instructor at the Golden Triangle campus.

“It’s an honor and it’s rewarding, but it’s a lot of hard work. With this group we talked a lot about attention to detail and finishing when we got there (to competition).”

Henry said his students are already updating and rehearsing their presentations for National SkillsUSA in June.

SkillsUSA is an applied instruction competition aimed at preparing America’s high performance workers enrolled in public career and technical programs. It provides quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

The Manufacturing, Technology and Engineering Division at EMCC has a similar mission. Students are prepared for high-wage, high-skill technician jobs in the Golden Triangle area because of business and industry demand. Competitions like SkillsUSA serve to highlight the superior training EMCC’s students are receiving.