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Automotive students sweep categories at state competition

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
LCCC students take first, second and third place in three categories.

Students in Laramie County Community College’s automotive technology and automotive body repair program swept categories at the Skills USA competition last week in Casper.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled, and service occupational instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers and schools, and two- and four-year colleges.

At the state competition, contestants were judged by industry professionals. The competition included multiple facets such as written tests, hands-on skill demonstrations, estimating, job interviews, and resume building. First place winners will have the opportunity to compete at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City.

The LCCC winners in the Wyoming SKILLSUSA competitions are:

  • Automotive Technology: first place – Grady Mikesell; second place – Heather Baumgardner; third place - Justin Highland
  • Automotive Refinishing: first place – Tessa Brammer; second place – Marco Salinas; third place – Jason Cabrera
  • Collision Repair Technology: first place – Tessa Brammer; second place – Marco Salinas; third place – Curtis “CJ” Robinson.
As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industries working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce with the active support of more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skill training.

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