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Students 3rd in national competition

Dakota County Technical College auto body collision technology students Bob Vovk, Rob Clark and Mike Albers were bronze medalists at the SkillsUSA Championships, which were held June 20-25 in Kansas City, Mo. during the 46th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. The SkillsUSA Championships spotlighted the brainpower and expertise wielded by the top technical and career students in the U.S.

Occupying an area comparable to 16 football fields, the multimillion dollar national competition featured 5,400 contestants in 91 contests supported by roughly 1,500 judges and contest organizers. DCTC sent five competitors to the championships, all having won gold medals at the 43rd Annual Minnesota SkillsUSA Championships Conference in April of this year.

The ABCT students took third in the Chapter Display contest, which focuses on outstanding promotional exhibits designed and built by student members of SkillsUSA.

According to SkillsUSA, "the philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs."

Vovk, Clark and Albers are first-year ABCT students.

"They are looking forward to next year and have set several goals," said advisor Trina Walter. "These guys are motivated."