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April 30, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Fort Morgan, CO. 04/30/14.  Morgan Community College (MCC) Automotive Collision TechnologyImage: MCC Students Landin Willis, Nathen Smith, Abdul Ibrahim take a break from the State SkillsUSA Conference in Colorado Springs to visit Garden of Gods Park. Behind them is Pikes Peak. program took eight contestants to the SkillsUSA Conference in Colorado Springs and returned with three silver medals and one bronze medal. “I was very pleased with our students and was especially impressed with our high school competitors,” says MCC Instructor Tim Grauberger. “Three different employers, who are top notch collision shops in Denver, had job offers for some of our students.”

Students who placed were: Slate Pippin (Goal Academy High School), 2nd place; Ana Silva (Denver Online High School), 2nd place; Brian Lookingbill (MCC), 2nd place in refinishing; and Jason Lynch (MCC) 3rd place refinishing.

MCC’s Automotive Service Technology program also competed at the State contest. Students Nathan Smith (Fort Morgan High School) finished 4th in the Jerry Boor Contest; Abdallah Ibrahim (Weldon Valley High School) finished 4th in the Automotive Service Technology; and Landin Willis (MCC) finished 11th.

MCC Welding students Justin Bass (MCC), Brad Peters (MCC), Henry Weimer (Fort Morgan High School), and Ryan Whitney (Fort Morgan High School) also attended in the conference, though did not place at the event.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. The organization was formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).

For more information about the SkillsUSA chapter at MCC, contact Brad Parker at (970) 542-3215. To find out more about enrolling in a program at MCC, visit or stop by an MCC Center nearest you. Be sure to ask how you can complete college classes while still in high school.