DCTC Shines @SkillsUSA State Championships


Nineteen students break top three in 18 competitions


Dakota County Technical College served as the largest competition host site for the 47th Annual SkillsUSA State Championships Friday, March 28, Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014. Thirty-eight DCTC students competed in 20 competitions. DCTC faculty and staff served as SkillsUSA advisors for their students. Automotive Technician, GM ASEP, Auto Body Collision Technology and Welding Technology showcased newly renovated shop and lab space from Phase I of the Transportation & Emerging Technologies Renovation Project. DCTC VCOM classrooms were also used by the competitors. Around 100 guests visited the DCTC main campus in Rosemount, Minn., for the event. The SkillsUSA Minnesota State Conference was housed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington Minneapolis South. (See below for more details from the SkillsUSA Minnesota official media release.)

DCTC students performed exceptionally well in the competitions, with 10 students taking first in their event.

  • 19 students placed in the top three in 18 competitions
  • 10 students placed 1st in 9 competitions
  • 6 students placed 2nd
  • 3 students placed 3rd
  • 3 students received honorable mention

First-place winners will represent Minnesota in Kansas City, Mo., June 23–27, 2014, at the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC).

SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championships Results for DCTC

DCTC SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championship Results

DCTC SkillsUSA Minnesota State Championship Results

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Details from the official SkillsUSA Minnesota media release

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Bloomington, Minn., March 28–30, 2014, as part of the SkillsUSA 47th annual State Leadership and Skills Conference, featured nearly 600 students from 25 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities campuses, with 200 students capturing gold, silver and bronze medallions in 60 competitive events focused on technical skill demonstration.

All local competition winners, students worked against the clock and each other, exhibiting their expertise in occupations such as welding, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts—to name a few. All competitions were run with the help of more than 500 industry leaders, trade associations and labor organizations. Test competencies are set by industry experts.

In addition to taking home gold, silver and bronze medallions, many winning students received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education, totaling more than $145, 000. Over the past seven years, Minnesota students have received more $3.1 million. The SkillsUSA Championships are held for high school- and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA. First-place winners will represent Minnesota in Kansas City, Mo., June 23–27, 2014, at the 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC).

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 310,000 students and instructors as members.

For more information about SkillsUSA at DCTC, contact:
  • Mike Opp
    Interim Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs
    SkillsUSA Advisor
  • Anna Voight
    Assistant Director of Student Life
    SkillsUSA Advisor