Nine MCTC students demonstrated their technical skills in the statewide SkillsUSA Championship last month. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) student Joey Gomes placed third in the HVACR contest, continuing the College’s tradition of placing a student within the top three spots in this category each year since 1995.
“I was pretty confident going in,” he said. “It was challenging but I was unnerved.”
Nearly 17,000 schools compete in SkillsUSA championships on local, state and national levels. Each championship is made up of separate contests where students showcase their career, technology and technical skills and are judged by professionals from their respective industries. More than 1,100 business, industry and labor sponsors contribute to SkillsUSA in the form of judges and financial aid to contest winners.
Students who place first in each state-level contest earn the opportunity to compete in the national championship. MCTC HVACR Instructor Greg Skudlarek has been actively involved with SkillsUSA since he was a technical student, and has continued his participation as SkillsUSA advisor during his 26 years of teaching.
“Students benefit from these championships because if they do well, they’re recognized by the industry and opportunities open up,” he said.
Photo: HVACR contest students Jeff Stee, Joey Gomes, Molly Morgan and John Brown