Two DCTC Students Place In Top Ten At National SkillsUSA Championships

Two Dakota County Technical College students placed in the top ten of their division at the SkillsUSA Championships held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City June 25-26.

Adam Herrmann, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology student from Farmington, took ninth place in the Residential Wiring division, and Curt Cauley, a GM ASEP student from Belle Plaine, took 10th place in the Automotive Service Technology division.

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Technology student Troy Rudiger of Hastings also participated in the competition, taking 13th in Industrial Motor Control.

The three DCTC students advanced to the SkillsUSA Championships after taking first place in their divisions at the Minnesota SkillsUSA state contest held in March.

“DCTC was well represented at both the national and state level with SkillsUSA this last year,” said DCTC Dean of Transportation and Industry Mike Opp. “We are proud of the program advisors who put in countless hours to assist our students and help them find the success they deserve, and we look forward to another great year of promoting SkillsUSA on DCTC’s campus.”

SkillsUSA competitions are designed to put students up against the clock and each other to prove their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. There are also competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedures.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures are judged and graded and constitute a part of a contestant’s score.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championship annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chose occupations.

The National Leadership and Skills Conference is attended by more than 14,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses, and labor unions attending.