DCTC students fare well at state skills competition
Five DCTC students in Technical Careers programs raked in gold at the 43rd Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference held April 9-11 at locations across the Twin Cities metro area.
Andy Schmitt, 19, of Somerset, Wis., took first place in the Automotive Service Technology category. Schmitt is set to graduate from the GM ASEP program at the top of his class spring 2010.
"Andy is a rare individual in that he has it all," said GM ASEP Instructor Tim McCluskey. "He is smart, polite, helpful, hardworking, talented and just a truly good person. He has the longest commute of all of my students and is always at school early, gives 100 percent every day and comes back the next day ready to learn even more. His fellow students respect his talents and value his friendship even though they would never admit it. His dealership sponsor, Stillwater Motors, is extremely proud to have Andy working for them, keeping their customers happy."
Parker Johnson, 22, of Lakeville, who is set to graduate spring 2010, was the first student in the history of the concrete and masonry program to take first place in the SkillsUSA state competition.
Auto body collision technology instructor Scott Logan had three students shine during the competition: Bob Vovk, 25, of Cannon Falls, Mike Albers, 19, of Mazeppa and Rob Clark, 24, of St. Paul. The students performed as a team, taking first place in the chapter display category.
A student in the electrical construction and maintenance technology program, Aaron Bradley, 33, of Minneapolis, earned honorable mention in the industrial motor controls category. ECMT instructor Mike Buck said Bradley is a consistently strong student with a knack for his chosen profession.
Skills USA is an organization that recognizes the dignity of work and promotes that dignity through leadership conferences and skill contests across the country. State skills contests are held every spring and the first place winners in those contests earn the right to compete at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Mo. This year the contest is June 21-25.