Licking Heights seniors head to SkillsUSA national competition

The future skilled workforce is ready to take on the world – and it all started at Licking County Career and Technology Education Centers.

Three joint high school seniors from Licking Heights High School and C-TEC will travel to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this June in Atlanta, Georgia. These students won a gold medal in the State SkillsUSA competition and will now compete against more than 6,000 state champions from across the country.

According to their website, “SkillsUSA is the #1 workforce development organization for students. We empower students to become skilled professionals, career-ready leaders, and responsible community members. » The organization conducts regional, state and national competitions where students pursuing career and technical education showcase their skills in a competitive and supportive environment.

The three students completed the electronic and computer technology program at C-TEC.

Roshika Chapagai will participate in the prepared speech competition, where she will have to deliver a detailed speech of five to seven minutes on a topic assigned by the judges. His passion is business management and analysis, so Chapagai is enjoying the opportunity to develop his self-confidence and public speaking and presentation skills.

In the fall, Chapagai will attend Columbus State Community College to continue his studies in business management, administration and entrepreneurship. She plans to complete her undergraduate studies in business analytics and eventually earn a master’s degree.

“C-TEC gave me many opportunities to present myself in a more confident manner. It also pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy moments with my teammates,” she said. “I created very good bonds with my teachers and developed my knowledge about the outside world and the world of work.”

Emily McCord will compete in the cybersecurity competition with teammate Amino Jama. Both men excelled in the local competition, using their password setup and management skills. For the state competition, McCord and Jama studied network security, cyberattacks and account hardening. McCord’s specialty is browsing and managing passwords and accounts in Linux.

McCord said his favorite part of participating in C-TEC is spending half his day in the lab with his friends. After graduation, she will attend The Ohio State University to study computer science and engineering. She plans to become a cloud security engineer.

“SkillsUSA is related to my program because it covers one of my specializations, computer hardening, and aligns with my future career goal,” McCord said. “The SkillsUSA Cybersecurity competition was a glimpse into my future career.”

Jama will participate in the cybersecurity competition with McCord. Her specialty is password cracking with John the Ripper software and she earned her CompTIA A+ certification during her first year at C-TEC. Safety is a major component of his studies.

Jama’s favorite part of attending C-TEC is the hands-on learning…

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