MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Over 120 local high school students will demonstrate their skills in the annual welding competition and salon and spa skills competition this Friday, March 24, on the Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Shoals campus.

Cosmetology students compete in the 2022 Career Tech Skills Challenge on the Shoals Campus

The welding competition will feature four contests: 7018 (stick welding), 6010 (stick welding), Flux-Core (wire welding), and Torch. Each school will be divided between Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Non Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, and Agriculture department students. Judges for the competition will consist of business and industry partners. The Salon and Spa skills competition will feature four contests: Cosmetology Hair Design, Men’s Hair Design, Nail Art Design, and Esthetics Fantasy Design.

Welding student competes in the 2022 Career Tech Skills Challenge on the Shoals Campus

Local high schools competing will include: Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, Ardmore High School, Central High School, Cherokee High School, Colbert Heights High School, Colbert County High School, Collinwood High School (TN), Florence High School, Franklin County Career Technical Center, Haleyville High School, Hardin County High School (TN), Lawrence County Career Technical Center (AL), Lawrence County High School (TN), Limestone County Career Technical Center, Muscle Shoals Career Academy, Russellville High School, Tanner High School, Wayne County High School (TN), Winston Career Academy.

The Salon and Spa and Welding programs at NWSCC are designed to develop the skills necessary to enter and maintain a job in their respective fields. They are equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities to provide training for new students or professionals who need to enhance their skills. 


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit