CATA Student Ally Banks Wins District SkillsUSA Vocational Skills Competition
CULLMAN, Alabama – Cullman Area Technology Academy cosmetology student Ally Banks won 1st held at the SkillsUSA Northern District Vocational Skills Competition held on Friday, March 11. Alabama SkillsUSA, in partnership with Governor Kay Ivey, is working toward the goal of placing 500,000 new technically skilled Alabamians into the workforce by 2025. SkillsUSA offers competitive event programs in which members can compete to demonstrate workforce skills at the district level and can advance to the state level.
At the Northern District competition, 18 different technical and leadership competitions were held. Banks participated in Vocational Skills Demonstration A, intended to assess each candidate’s ability to demonstrate and explain an entry-level technical skill used in the professional field for which they are trained.
Banks competed against 12 other contestants showing skills from various programs, including building construction and automotive services. Banks demonstrated, from her cosmetology background, the proper way to apply tape extensions. She is now heading to the State Leadership and Skills Conference.
Banks commented, “I’m thrilled to be the recipient of the SkillsUSA award, I appreciate all the support and help from the teachers and administrators at CATA, especially Ms. Flanigan. I feel like these skills will be important for my future. I am grateful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to compete at the next level. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to go to SkillsUSA – it was fun meeting new people. Thanks to my school and to CATA for giving me this opportunity. Now is the time to prepare to go to the state. I will never forget the excitement of winning. My future plans are to continue the program at CATA until 2023, then take the cosmetology program at Wallace to complete the program.
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