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Students Win Medals at National SkillsUSA Championships

July 2, 2015 -- Six CNM students earned medals at the 2015 National SkillsUSA Championships that were held in Louisville, Ky. last week, when 6,000 competitors from around the country put their skills to the test in the country’s largest showcase for career technical education students.
Students Win Medals at National SkillsUSA Championships

Jul 17, 2015

CNM students who won silver medals were Matt Martinez in the Industrial Motor Control category and Adam Apodaca in the Sheet Metal competition. Chris Wood from CNM won a bronze medal in Welding Sculpture. And bringing home a bronze medal in Welding Fabrication was a CNM three-member team consisting of Joshua Lucero, Brandon Woods and Kayle Miller.

Making a surprise visit to the National SkillsUSA Championship competitions was CNM President Kathie Winograd.

“I was so pleased to have the opportunity to go to SkillsUSA and cheer on our students as they competed with students from around the nation,” Winograd said. “I am so proud of all of them.”

Sharon Gordon-Moffett, CNM’s director of Service Learning and SkillsUSA, also watched the CNM students excel and continue the college’s strong SkillsUSA tradition.

“All of our students did well at the competition,” she said. “They are all champions. And we were especially pleased to have President Winograd join us.”

In addition to the medal winners, seven other students were awarded a certificate showing that they're ready for the workforce. The judges award the certificates when a student scores above a certain percentile in their respective competition. Those students included:

Tiffany Archibique - Culinary Arts

Mayaneli Brown - Commercial Baking

Marcello Dionisio - Electrical Construction Wiring

Christopher Lucero - Plumbing

Aaron Matins - Welding

Marc Toya - Cabinetmaking

April Vezie - Extemporaneous Speaking

Other CNM students who competed at the national championships were Laura Brown, Wesley Jackson, Mary Brave, Matthew Righter, Alan Chen and Brian Reed.

The 18 CNM students qualified for the national event by taking first place in their competitions during the state SkillsUSA competition in April, which was held at CNM and drew competitors from across the state. The philosophy of the SkillsUSA Championships "is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers' needs,” Gordon-Moffett said.

The SkillsUSA Championships, which is attended by more than 15,000 people, provides more than 100 competitions to test students' career technical and leadership skills in fields ranging from welding to dental assisting to 3-D animation. It also serves as a highly valuable networking opportunity for the students, since industry representatives also use the event as a recruiting opportunity.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs in public high schools, career and technical centers, and two- and four-year colleges. SkillsUSA annually serves more than 320,000 student members from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, and business and labor unions. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.

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