CVCC SkillsUSA Chapter Serving Our Community

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Catawba Valley Community College’s SkillsUSA Community Service team coordinated volunteers for the Celebration of Nations, a community event recently sponsored by CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and BB&T. Pictured (from left) are Gary Muller, Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology and SkillsUSA advisor; Kristina Kongmany; Thomas Beasley; Diana Yang; Dr. Keith Mackie, executive vice president of Instruction and Instructional Support; and Stacie Xiong.

Catawba Valley Community College’s (CVCC) SkillsUSA chapter has become well-known by its performance in state and national competitions, including being recognized as the best SkillsUSA Chapter in the United States in 2014.

However, what makes the organization such an outstanding chapter is more than just the competitions. SkillsUSA is about students working together with businesses and the community to make a lasting impact on the next generation.

An example of that outreach is the major roles CVCC’s SkillsUSA Community Service team played in the Celebration of Nations, a community event recently sponsored by CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and BB&T. The event hosted multicultural exhibits, cultural food and entertainment.

SkillsUSA team members coordinated more than 60 volunteers from CVCC and campus clubs to work at the event. Those volunteers included SkillsUSA, Challenger International Club and Rotaract members.

In an effort to raise awareness for domestic violence, CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter also conducted a collection of personal care items and donations at the Celebration of Nations for the Safe Shelter for Battered Women of Hickory.

“What we saw would not have been possible without the numerous volunteers who gave up their time to be here today,” stated Thomas Beasley, CVCC student and SkillsUSA North Carolina state officer.

“We were able to leave a good impression with the community regarding the first ever Celebrations of Nations event,” said Kristina Kongmany, CVCC student and coordinator of the CVCC SkillsUSA community service team. “I’m excited to see how it will grow next year and become a fun annual event for all members of the community.”

Jennifer Eversole, president of CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter, said that the Celebration of Nations was an opportunity to expand the impact of SkillsUSA in the community and believes that the event will become an even bigger success in the years to come. Everything provided was free of charge to attendees with generous donations from local businesses and restaurants, including Olive Garden, a strong supporter of CVCC’s SkillsUSA chapter activities.

All CVCC SkillsUSA chapter activities are supported by the CVCC Foundation, Inc. For more information on CVCC’s SkillsUSA program, contact Gary Muller at

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