NICEVILLE — Seven Northwest Florida State College students enrolled in career and technical education programs won medals in the SkillsUSA statewide competition in Lakeland, and four of them are headed to the national SkillsUSA Championships after earning gold.

The four students who won gold medals qualifying them to advance to nationals are Tawanda Brown of Crestview, competing in the category of Early Childhood Education; and the Radiography team of Crestview residents Tiffany Carter-Nubern and Cassie Davis, and Shalimar resident Brittany McLean. They will compete in the Career Pathways Showcase: Health Services category.

 In addition to the four gold medalists, the school's Early Childhood Education students made a clean sweep at state in that category as Heather Bryson, Baker, won silver and Anna Radney, DeFuniak Springs, won bronze. Crestview resident Thomas Myers took a bronze in Technical Drafting.

The national SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase for the best career and technical education students in the nation, is June 20-24 in Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 6,000 students – all state contest winners – will compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their areas of study. Contests are run with the help of industries, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry members.