SkillsUSA Regional CompetitionNearly forty high school students from area technology and career centers from around the region were on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College on March 4 to participate in the SkillsUSA regional competition in auto body repair, welding, machine tool, and carpentry. Centers in Paducah and Calloway, Graves, Marshall, Ballard, and Fulton counties were represented.
Each student in the contest areas had to perform a list of prescribed tasks within a given time.
It was a tough competition, said Hunter Kennedy, Marshall county resident and first place winner in carpentry (level two). I was really wondering if I would place at all.
The competition for auto body repair was divided into two categories, collision repair and refinishing. Austin Streetman, of McCracken County, won first place in collision repair. Graves County resident Wes Henley and Ballard County resident Devan Summers came in second and third place, respectively. Adam Elliott, who lives in Graves County, took first place in refinishing, followed by McCracken County residents Tommy Haley (second place) and Brandon Garner (third place).
The carpentry competition was divided into two levels based on experience. Level one winners were (in order): Travis Wyatt of Graves County and Aaron Rankin and Cassie Watson, both of Paducah. Level two winners were (in order): Hunter Kennedy, Daphne Bommarito of Ballard County and Marshall County resident Austin Morrison.
Graves County residents Jesse Brindley and Josh Hamilton won first and second place in machine tool, respectively. Mason Milby, who attends the Murray/Calloway County ATC, won third place.
Kentucky Technical Paducah Center student Brandon Phillips won first place in welding. Preston Odom from the Marshall County Technology Center and Jonathan Crittendon, who attends the career and technology center in Mayfield/Graves County, took second and third place, respectively.
The competing schools partner with WKCTC to offer dual credit in each contest area.
The dual credit partnership with these schools makes WKCTC the perfect place for students to come and participate in the USASkills Competition and prepare for the next level, said Lisa Stephenson, K-12 Partnership Director at WKCTC. Many of these students will come to the college when they graduate and this competition gives them the chance to be on our campus and meet our faculty, she said.
Being a part of SkillsUSA at WKCTC is important because our students get a taste of what a college campus is like and they see that the education they can get here is as good as they can get anywhere, said Shane Darnall, Marshall County Technical Center instructor. Austin Streetman agreed. WKCTC has got everything Im looking for in a college.
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, including health occupations.