SCTCC snags 5 first-place finishes at SkillsUSA state competition

SKillsUSA 2018 SCTCC State winners
April 3, 2018

SCTCC will have a fantastic showing this summer at the SkillsUSA National competition.

The Auto Body, Automotives, Culinary, Electrical, and Medium/Heavy Truck programs all had first-place winners at the SkillsUSA State Competition held at the end of March.

“The SkillsUSA contest results speak for themselves,” said Dean of Trades and Industry, Mike Mendez. “Our students learn from knowledgeable instructors in programs that are guided by industry, and because of that, they are ready for the workforce. Congratulations to all the winners!”

SCTCC programs held competitions on campus for its students, and programs sent up to five students to compete at the state level in one of 70 skill and leadership contests. SCTCC students compete against other college-level students.

From Auto Body, Jared West placed first in the Collision Repair contest.

Automotives grabbed first and second place in the Automotive Service Technology contest, with Sam Peterson in first and Kyler Adams in second.

The Culinary students swept the winners platform. Stephanie Gerlich took first, Harlan Nohava second, and Jessica Duran third.

In Electrical, Max Kalina placed first and Ryan Sowada second in Electrical Construction Wiring. Alex Knapp placed second in Industrial Motor Control.

Andrew Rudd from Medium/Heavy Truck secured first place in the Diesel Equipment Technology contest.

“We want to congratulate all of our SkillsUSA winners and wish those who are continuing onto Nationals in June 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-place winners from the state SkillsUSA Competition move on to the National Leadership and Skills Conference, which will be held June 25-29 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.


Kate Wallace