Wallace Community College Selma Masonry student becomes first female to win Skills USA Alabama Masonry competition
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Jonniece Collins becomes the first female to win Alabama’s SkillsUSA masonry competition. Collins, a 21 year old Demopolis High School graduate, said that she was initially interested in the welding program but, after learning of the semester long waiting list she had to find another program to enroll in.
“Mr. Hamilton, the evening masonry instructor, asked me to look into his program and after I saw some of the projects I became interested. I was a little nervous because I had no previous experience in masonry or construction but, I have family members that do brick work so it seemed like something I could do,” said Collins.
“Jonniece is smart and self-motivated. I knew after a short period that she would be an asset to our industry,” said Hamilton. “She has also made great achievements in academics; she was on the Dean’s list once and the President’s list twice,” added Hamilton. “We are so proud of Jonniece and her accomplishments. She is another shining example of the excellence our students exemplify at WCCS. We continue to be a world-class community college,” said James Mitchell, WCCS President.
Collins commitment is evident as she works for Masonry Arts and commutes to Selma to attend classes during the evening. “The fact that this young lady works hard all day and drives to Selma during the evenings to further her education and her craft is a testimony in itself,” said Hamilton.
Collins placed second in the 2015 competition but, she was determined to win this year. “I continued to work hard and I wanted to be the first female to win because this is a male dominated field. To be able to prove them wrong is truly a blessing.”
When asked about her future goals Collins responded, “I want to eventually complete my four-year degree in construction management and own a construction company someday. But, for right now I want to continue to get better and win the title at this year’s national competition.”
Ms. Collins will represent the State of Alabama in the National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June 20-24, 2016.
The WCCS masonry program swept the competition with Roderick Perkins placing second and Terrence Campbell finished third. Cosmetology student Francis Phillips finished second in the Men’s Hair Design Competition.