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March 05, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Fort Morgan, CO. 03/05/14.  Once again, Morgan Community College (MCC) students took top tiers atImage: MCC Automotive Service Technology students pictured (left to right) Abdul Ibrahim (MCC/WVHS), James Calnaan (MCC/WHS), Nathan Smith (MCC/FMHS), Cole Mount (MCC), and Landin Willis (MCC). this year’s SkillsUSA in welding, automotive technology held recently in Sterling, and collision repair held in Fort Morgan. Participating schools in addition to MCC were Northeastern Junior College, and Aims Community College.

In the secondary (high school) division, MCC student Henry Weimer (FMHS) placed first and Ryan Whitney (FMHS) placed second in the welding competition. At the college level, Justin Bass (Brush) finished first and Brad Peters (Brush) took second.

“Our students performed well this year at the District III Skills contest,” says MCC Automotive Technology Instructor Brad Parker.

MCC Automotive Service Technology students Landin Willis (Fort Morgan) finished third in the college division and Cole Mount (Fort Morgan) finished fourth.

Abdul Ibrahim (Weldon Valley High School) finished first in the Secondary division with the highest written test score. Nathan Smith (Fort Morgan High School) finished fifth, and James Calnaan (Wiggins High School) finished eighth in the same division.

Competing in Collision repair, Elvis De Leon (Fort Morgan) placed second in the Post- Secondary division, while Slate Pippin (Weld Central High School), Cody Burch (Fort Morgan High School), and Cristian Acosta (Brush High School) placed first, second, and third respectively in the Secondary division.

Representing MCC in refinishing, Bryan Lookingbill (Wiggins) took first and Jason Lynch (Lochbuie) took third in the Post- Secondary division. Cristian Garcilazo (Brush High School) placed first in the Secondary division, and Ana Silva-Negrete (Fred N. Thomas Career Education Center) placed second.                                                   

Through concurrent enrollment, high school students are able to participate in college level courses while still in high school through the state’s Career Technical Education (CTE) agreement.                                                                                                                                                     

The contestants were scored in ten categories, including a written test. The top four high scores in each division and category qualify to compete at state, which will be held April 9 -11 in Colorado Springs.

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. 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 the Automotive Service Technician or Automotive Collision Technician program at MCC, visit www.MorganCC.edu or stop by an MCC Center nearest you. Be sure to ask how you can complete college classes while still in high school.

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