SC students win award at skills competition

Sheridan College has received the Outstanding College Chapter award from the recent SkillsUSA competition in Casper.

The SkillsUSA Championships took place in Casper April 15 and showcased career and technical education students from around the state who competed in several trade, technical and leadership fields.
Students representing Sheridan College’s technical programs won several first, second and third place awards and also received the Lowes Chapter Growth Award.

“The performance of our students is a direct reflection on the quality of both instruction and curriculum here at Sheridan College,” said Dean of Career and Technical Education Jed Jensen. “The competition is fierce, and our students demonstrated poise, knowledge, and professionalism. I am proud of them all.”
First place honors were received by Grant Belton in precision machining technology competition, Preston Walters in carpentry competition, Scott Avery in technical Drafting and Dakota Hennigh in cabinet making.
Second place honors were received by Nate Powers in precision machining technology, the team of Travis Walters, Kyle Swedelius and Sam Costalez for welding fabrication, Steven Belus for technical drafting and Jessie Craig for carpentry competition.

A bronze medal was awarded to Tim Seitz in precision machining technology.

“Our congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s state-wide competition and to those who earned medals for truly outstanding effort,” said Jensen. “None of these awards would be possible without our outstanding faculty who have taught, trained and prepared the students for this competition and worked to help make them job ready as they graduate.”

In addition to college students, local high school students were also well represented at the competition. Big Horn High School junior Mathew Hansen took first place in cabinet making and Kevin Coffman took third place. Fellow student Braden Clemens also attended.

Sheridan High School student Aaron Baker took first place in computer maintenance technology, Sierra Orlandi won third place in early childhood education and Jack Granger took second place in cabinet making.
“This is their first year and they did really well for their first year out,” said Toni Decklever, state director for the competition, about Sheridan High School.

Those who won gold medals during the competition will be invited to participate in the national competition that will be held in Kansas City in June.

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