Utica campus recognizes business representatives

 

 

Pictured from left are Jeremy Shannon, general contractor; Johnny Gibson, owner of Gibson Roofing & Construction in Vicksburg; Leonard Knight, HCC-Uca Campus building trades instructor from Vicksburg; and Lionel Williams, owner of Williams Masonry & Construction Company in Hazlehurst, MS.

Pictured from left are Jeremy Shannon, general contractor; Johnny Gibson, owner of Gibson Roofing & Construction in Vicksburg;
Leonard Knight, HCC-Uca Campus building trades instructor from Vicksburg; and Lionel Williams, owner of Williams Masonry & Construction Company in Hazlehurst, MS.

JANS – The Utica Campus Career and Technical Education Division recently held its fall advisory committee meeting with over 25 businesses in attendance. The attendees represented each of the 17 career and technical programs. Some of the programs were represented with two or more attendees.

One advisory committee meeting is held in the fall and one in the spring. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss ways in which the business owners and the college can work together to benefit each other: the businesses discuss their specific needs in terms of employees, and the various programs apprentice with the businesses in providing skilled laborers. With the partnership between the two, businesses and the college, there is equity in and from both parties. During the advisory committee meeting, the business representatives were provided breakfast, and afterwards, several visited their program of interest.

Business representatives for the carpentry program were Jeremy Shannon, Johnny Gibson, and Lionel Williams. Shannon and Williams are HCC-Utica Campus alumni. Williams is a 2012 graduate and placed third in the national SkillsUSA competition in 2012. After the competition, Williams was offered a job by the national SkillsUSA director. He accepted the job that required extensive travel, all the while maintaining his responsibility with his family business. After several months of being away from his family, Williams resigned and now devotes his skills full time to his business. Williams and his wife, Sharon, reside in Hazlehurst with their five children.

With a growing business, Williams sought the hire of his longtime friend and college classmate Jeremy Shannon. “I knew he was an excellent worker and was exceptional in carpentry,” said Williams of Shannon who is also a 2012 Utica Campus carpentry graduate and 2011 SkillsUSA Gold Medalist and a 2012 SkillsUSA Silver Medalist. Shannon resides in Hazlehurst.