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MCTC Students Participate in SkillsUSA Minnesota Competition

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

SkillsUSA 2014 ParticipantsEleven Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) students recently competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota leadership and skills conference. Several students won awards for their hard work and creative projects in the fields of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and Electrical Construction. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations as well as health occupations.

“We’re fortunate our students were able to compete at actual industry sites this year,” said Greg Skudlarek, MCTC HVACR instructor. “Not only do they get real industry experience, it also makes the playing field more level for students coming from across the state.” The competition drew more than 800 career and technical education students who competed in more than 80 hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests. Students from 25 campuses of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and 30 high schools from across Minnesota participated in the competition in Bloomington.

MCTC students have participated in the SkillsUSA competition for several years. In addition to students from the College’s HVACR and Electrical Construction programs, competing students in past years have represented the Machine Tool Technology and Welding and Metal Fabrication programs.

The 2014 national competition will take place this July in Kansas City.

Photo: MCTC students participated in the 2014 SkillsUSA state competition in Bloomington. From left to right: Stalin Ballesteros, Electrical Construction; Andrew Oliver, Electrical Construction; Dylan Mudgett, HVACR; Dave Archambault, HVACR; Alex MacDinald, HVACR.

MCTC Students Participate and Win in SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 by insidemctc No Comments
MCTC students and faculty.

From left to right: MCTC instructor Greg Skudlarek and students Reed Sweeney, Tom Pederson, Andy Gurskis and John Singel.

Minneapolis Community and Technical College students competed in the SkillsUSA Minnesota Leadership and Skills Conference last month, and several of them won awards for their hard work and creative projects. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations as well as health occupations. Top SkillsUSA state performers include the following MCTC students:

  • Andy Gurskis, 2nd place, HVACR
  • Reed Sweeney, 4th place and honorable mention, HVACR
  • Max Foutch, 3rd place, Industrial Motor Controls
  • Tom Hermes, 4th place and honorable mention, Industrial Motor Controls
MCTC students and faculty

From left to right: Tom Hiltner, Tom Hermans, Max Foutch, Mark Eckstein and Dean Weikle.

In July, 2012, MCTC HVACR student Chad Rubey placed fifth out of 28 college competitors in the national SkillUSA Championship. At the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, over 5,600 students compete in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

MCTC Students Win Competitions at Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments
MN SkillsUSA winners

MCTC Students Mat Borchardt (3rd in HVACR) and Huge Vizzard (1st in Industrial Motor Controls)

Minnesota state colleges captured gold, silver and bronze medals for 193 college division students at the SkillsUSA Minnesota 2011 State Leadership and Skills Conference, March 25-27, 2011, at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington.

MCTC students represented the Construction Electricity, HVACR, Machine Tool and Welding programs at the competition.

MCTC student Huge Vizzard placed first in the Industrial Motor Controls contest. The contest was held at the Viking Electric distribution center in Minneapolis. Mat Borchardt placed third and Soua Lee placed fourth and received honorable mention in HVACR.

The 75 competitions focused on technical skill demonstration, with over 540 students from 25 campuses of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities competing.

SkillsUSA Minnesota is a leadership organization for students in career and technical programs in high school and college. Students participate in leadership and skills competition at local, state and national levels where they build and reinforce technical skills, self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. The contests were held in the following nine career and technical education cluster areas: arts and communication; construction; health services; legal and protective services; hospitality; human services, manufacturing; science, engineering and technology; and transportation.

65 first-place college division and 62 high school division first-place medalists are eligible to advance to the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 20-24.

More than 500 Minnesota businesses were involved in the conference and provided 20 contest host sites; medalist prizes totaling over $410,000; 500 contest judges; and many volunteers.

MCTC Students Compete and Win in National SkillsUSA Championships

Posted on: June 30th, 2010 by insidemctc No Comments

SkillsUSATwo MCTC students–Phil Patton and Dan Rogers–competed in the SkillsUSA Championships at the 46th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, June 20 – 25.

Quality career and technical education was the centerpiece of the conference. More than 14,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions attended the event. Special highlighted events were the SkillsUSA Championships June 23 and 24 with 96 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

In order to qualify for the national competition, the students completed in local and state contests. The state gold metal winners advanced to the national SkillsUSA Championships. Patton and Rogers both took first place at the SkillsUSA Minnesota Conference in April.

Patton received the bronze metal in the High School Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration competition. Rogers placed 7th out of 23 in the Industrial Motor Controls contest. Minnesota received 38 medals overall, a record for Minnesota and one of the highest totals in the country.

All winners receive medallions and frequently receive tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. More than 5,600 students from every state and three territories completed in 96 contests in technical, skilled and service occuptionsk, including health occupations this year.

2010 HVACR Winners

2010 HVACR Winners: Phil Patton, far right

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations. SkillsUSA organizes this event, and it is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America every year at an estimated cost of more than $35 million. The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

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