SGTC’s Kimberly Sadecky wins bronze at National SkillsUSA – Americus Times-Recorder
From staff reports
ATLANTA — Montezuma’s Kimberly Sadecky of South Georgia Technical College recently won third place and a bronze medal in the 2022 National SkillsUSA Job Interview competition in Atlanta. She is a criminal justice student in the Teresa McCook program at South Georgia Technical College.
Sadecky and Jonathan Large of Marianna, Florida both won gold medals at the State SkillsUSA competition earlier this year. As Georgia’s best of the best, Sadecky and Large earned the right to qualify for the national competition against more than 12,000 other top students. Sadecky participated in a job interview and Large represented SGTC in the aircraft maintenance competition.
Sarah Romanko of the University of Texas at Dallas won the gold medal in the job interview event and Laura Franklin of Northeast State Community College was the silver medal runner-up ahead of Sadecky. In the aircraft maintenance competition, Curtiss Gay of Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA; Kyle Wolner of the University of Alaska in Anchorage, AL, and Bryan Hunt of Jefferson Community & Technical College in Louisville, KY were the top three.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps every student excel. They offer educational programs, events and competitions that support vocational and technical education in classrooms nationwide.
“South Georgia Technical College is very proud of Kimberly Sadecky and Jonathan Large for the way they represented the college in the national SkillsUSA competition,” said SGTC President Dr. John Watford. “SkillsUSA showcases the best technical education students in the nation. Our students have shone in the national spotlight. I want to thank them both and their instructors and advisors for working so many hours to help them prepare for the national competition. I congratulate them on their success.
Kimberly Sadecky was very grateful for the opportunity to represent South Georgia Technical College in the SkillsUSA competition and she encouraged others to step out of their comfort zone and participate at the local, state and national levels.
“It was an incredible experience,” Sadecky said after returning from national competition in Atlanta with a bronze medal. “It was a very eye-opening experience and the competition was very intense. But I so appreciate the opportunity to participate in something like this. It had a huge impact on my life.”
Sadecky said much of the credit for his success goes to his instructor Teresa McCook. “She encouraged me to participate and then she helped me select the category of competition she thought I would do well in. Then we got to work and I am very grateful to her for her guidance and support. .”
In the Job Interview category, each student was required to complete a job application and resume. Once this step was completed, the students were interviewed by a jury. The students were judged on appearance, clothing, posture and answers to questions posed by the jury. Students also had to pass a standard skills assessment test with more than 50 questions that were worth 25 points of their mark.
“I believe the skills test was the deciding point for a student to qualify for the finals,” Sadecky said. “One of the questions the panel asked was what kind of job do I see myself in five or ten years from now.” Her response may have surprised the judges as she said, “I don’t see myself in a job. I see myself in a career in 5 or 10 years. People don’t usually stay in jobs for five or ten years, they move up in their chosen career. »
Sadecky believes the SkillsUSA experience has helped her grow personally and professionally. “The state competition was more about traditional job interview skills, but nationally it was more about work ethic and professional development.”
Asked about her experience at South Georgia Tech, Sadecky revealed that she would encourage others to step out of their comfort level and consider coming or going back to college.
“I’m a non-traditional student because I already have a lot of life experience. But I couldn’t have asked for a better place to go to school than South Georgia Technical College,” Sadecky said. I started last August and will be finishing my criminal justice degree in just over a year. Over the past year I have been selected as a GOAL finalist, competed and won nationally and nationally in SkillsUSA, been a student of excellence, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a student ambassador and member of the guidance team. I won’t change anything.”
Sadecky says Georgia is an amazing state that supports education. “Students can attend technical college at almost no cost and walk away with a great career without any college debt. And we need technical college graduates to help fill the labor gap here in Georgia.
“One of the speakers at the competition pointed out that all the participants were entrepreneurs. With the technical skills they demonstrated, they had the opportunity to become independent and successful. That’s what technical education provides,” Sadecky added.
She also encouraged students to find and nurture their professional passion. “There are so many things you can do and study at a technical college. If you’re an artist, signed up for auto collisions and learning how to strip and detail a car, try welding and get creative in metal, or sign up for drafting. The thing is, you can find your passion and also be able to earn a good living.
South Georgia Technical College offers students the “complete college experience” with on-campus housing and dining, nationally recognized academics, intercollegiate sports, and student activities. The college is currently enrolling students for the fall semester. In-person registration will take place on July 19e and August 17e. Classes start August 18e. Individuals wishing to start their careers can apply and enroll in over 200 degree, diploma or technical credit certificate programs.
Contact the SGTC Admissions Office in Americus at 229-931-2394 or in Crisp County at 229-271-4040 for more information. Students can apply online at www.southgatech.edu. It is not too late. Take advantage of this opportunity to apply to South Georgia Technical College.