Engineering technology student Jacob Tatton placed first in electronic technology, engineering technology student Cory Bulloch placed first in technical drafting and construction management student Robert Bonds placed first in cabinetmaking in the annual statewide competition that includes 94 areas of specialty that span the building trades, health occupations, automotive technology, electronics and personal services.
Tatton, Bulloch and Bonds will now advance to the national SkillsUSA competition, an annual contest to test the career and technical skills of more than 5,000 college students from across the U.S. This year's SkillsUSA national competition will be held in June in Kansas City, Mo.
Beyond a shiny new medal, SkillsUSA annual competitions open doors to job and internship opportunities, as many of the nation's top engineering and technology companies observe and adjudicate competing students.
“This is the best thing students can do to take what they have learned in the classroom and use it in a real-world scenario," explained David Ward, SUU technology professor and the University's SkillsUSA advisor. "These competitions create partnerships that will in turn help students receive remarkable jobs after graduation.”
SUU has had 30 national medal winners over the past few years, 10 of which were in the electronics fields of competition.