Friday, July 10, 2015

SLCC Students Win Gold at National SkillsUSA Conference

Salt Lake Community College students brought home four gold medals in the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Skill and Leadership Conference, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SLCC had 16 students participate in 11 categories in what is called the country’s largest collegiate job skills competition.

“Our students who competed in SkillsUSA exhibited the highest level of training and education, which reflects well on their experience at Salt Lake Community College,” said Ralph Tasker, SLCC interim associate dean for the Division of Technical Specialties. “We congratulate each of them and the many great faculty members who taught and trained them.”

TeamWorks winning team Seth Johnson (l-r), Jason Groce, Deric Yoakam, and R.J. Beckstead

SLCC won gold medals in web design, 3-D visualization and animation, screen-printing technology and in the “TeamWorks” division and a silver medal in advertising design. The TeamWorks project is four members of a team working together to frame a small structure; lay bricks on the outside; install plumbing pipe, equipment and venting; wire lights, switches, and install a main power panel, all while keeping a clean and safe worksite.  Each phase is inspected similar to a real-life construction project before the team can move to the next phase. Members of the winning team were Jason Groce, R.J. Beckstead, Seth Johnson and Deric Yoakam. More than 6,000 students participated in the weeklong event that began June 22 and included 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens and it serves more than 300,000 students each year through 53 state and territorial associations.