SCTCC students show skills at national conference

July 3, 2018

When SCTCC students head to the National Leadership and Skills Conference, they know how to compete. 

SCTCC sent five first-place SkillsUSA State winners to the national competition held in Louisville, Ky. Over the course of June 25-29, the SCTCC delegates performed different competitions in their program areas, competing against the first-place college students from each state and Puerto Rico.

Sam Peterson, who represented SCTCC’s Automotives program, received the gold medal as the national first-place winner in the Automotive Service Technology contest.

Electrical’s Max Kalina took fourth place in the Electrical Construction contest.

Jared West from Auto Body placed fifth in the Collision Repair Technology contest.

Andrew Rudd from Medium/Heavy Truck placed seventh in Diesel Equipment Technology.

Culinary’s Stephanie Gerlich competed in the Culinary Art contest and her place is yet to be announced.

“We are very proud of our SkillsUSA students and their success on the national stage,” said Director of Campus Life, Missy Majerus. “This success highlights the exceptional skills training they receive from the outstanding faculty members at SCTCC.”

More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers, and business partners, participated in the event. Skills USA is partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Pictured: Automotives instructor Dwayne Hickman and Gold Medalist Sam Peterson.

Kate Wallace