Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) Medical Assisting instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor Diana Kendrick was recently awarded the SkillsUSA State Advisor of the Year at the SkillsUSA Georgia State Conference and Competition held March 21-23, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference and competition was attended by students and advisors from technical colleges around the state where students competed against approximately 400 others in various areas including leadership, health, trade and technical competitions.
The SkillsUSA State Directors Association created the Advisor of the Year award to recognize and honor dedicated career and technical education instructors who serve as SkillsUSA advisors. State winners are submitted to the regional competition and then regional winners are interviewed with a national winner selected in June.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. They are a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
Diana Kendrick has been a SkillsUSA Advisor for over 18 years and a lead advisor for 9 of those years. In this time, she has worked tirelessly to promote the SkillsUSA program and has been instrumental in the popularity of the organization on campus. Under her leadership, Kendrick's Medical Assisting Students have won 6 national gold medals, 2 national silver medals, and 8 state gold medals during competitions for SkillsUSA.
Dr. Alvetta Thomas, SCTC President said, “We couldn’t be prouder of Diana for being selected as the State Advisor of the Year for SkillsUSA. Her many accomplishments include contributions at the regional, state, and national levels to the SkillsUSA organization, even receiving the Meritorious Award for her work on the national level with medical competitions. She is a proud member of the SCTC Family and brings the same level of commitment to her students in her classroom with a 100% pass rate on the national registry exam and 100% job placement rate for graduates. As a dedicated and knowledgeable advisor, instructor, and all-around great person, I know that she will be a great representative for the State of Georgia and SkillsUSA.”