Seventeen North Platte Community College students brought home numerous awards, including four first place awards, from the Skills USA State Leadership & Skills Conference contest April 12-14 in Hastings.
The NPCC students competed in welding, automotive service, team works (building construction), customer service (automotive), plumbing, cabinet making, and carpentry.
The four state champions from NPCC are Guiovanni Alcantar of Lexington in automotive service, Jennifer Erny of North Platte in customer service, Matt Greenwood of Grant in plumbing and Sarah Thelen of Burwell in carpentry.
The Skills USA Nebraska championship is the showcase for the best career and technical students in Nebraska. More than 1,200 people–including students, teachers and business partners–participated in the two and one-half day event.
At the conference, students in skilled and technical science contests worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Leadership contestants demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meeting by parliamentary procedure.
The first place winners qualify for the National SkillsUSA contest this June in Kansas City. SkillsUSA is dedicated to building champions for America’s work force and emphasizes high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education and pride. SkillsUSA also promotes community service, patriotism and an understanding of the free enterprise system. For more information, visit www.skillsusanebraska.org.