This past weekend, students from SCTCC had the opportunity to show off their skills for a statewide competition, taking away some first-place wins while they were at it.
Several programs at SCTCC participated in the SkillsUSA State Competition the first weekend of April, including Auto Body, Automotives, Culinary, Electrical, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and Medium/Heavy Truck.
“Congratulations to all of our SkillsUSA winners, and to those who are continuing onto Nationals in June, we wish you the best of luck,” said Director of Campus Life, Missy Majerus. “Students in the SkillsUSA clubs represent the best of the best in our technical programs and we are so pleased that they represent SCTCC in these competitions.”
The first step for students was taking part in competitions held on campus to see who would go to the state competition. Each program sent up to six students to compete at state in one of 70 skill and leadership contests against other college-level students.
Auto Body student Tyler Kunsntleben from Pierz snagged a third-place win in the Collision Repair Competition.
Culinary swept the winners platform: Kenisha Harrison from Sioux Falls took first; Alyssia Leopold from Milaca took second; and Amy Allen from Cokato took third.
From Electrical, Alex Brott from St. Cloud placed first and John Marven from Silver Lake placed third in Electrical Construction Wiring.
Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration student Jonathan Notch from Sartell took third place.
Medium/Heavy Truck students Jonathan Fuchs from Avon and Noah Kasper from Becker took first and second place, respectively, in Diesel Equipment Technology.
The Minnesota SkillsUSA Competition provides nearly 70 skill and leadership contests every spring, which are evaluated by about 350 business and industry leaders. The contests are based on skill standards driven by industry.
The first-place winners from the state SkillsUSA Competition move on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will be held June 24-28 in Louisville, Ky.
SkillsUSA is national organization serving high school, college, and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled services. The organization serves more than 335,000 students and instructors annually.