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NCKTC students show skills


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit and Hays sent five students to the 2012 Skills USA National Championships on June 23 to 27 in Kansas City. All five students placed in the top 10 in the nation in their respective competitions, with one student winning a gold medal for a national championship.

Austin Parker, an electronic engineering technology student from Wichita, was the only medal winner bringing home a gold medal in the electronic technology competition and a national championship. He is working for Aeroflex in Wichita. It is a company that designs, installs and repairs electronic equipment for the aviation industry. His instructor was Kevin Vering, who teaches electronic engineering technology at the Beloit campus.

Luke Pechanec, Ellis, an electrical technology student at the Hays campus, competed in the industrial motor controls competition and took 10th place. His instructor was Alan Hill, who teaches residential electricity at the Hays campus.

NCKTC also sent a welding fabrication team of three students: Ryan Sibley, Beloit; Dylan Dittmer, Linn; and Andrew Ireland, Mound City.

The contest includes designing and building a project to be judged by business and industry representatives. The NCKTC team built a fire pit and took 10th place in the nation for the effort.

More than 5,600 students nationwide competed in 96 technical and leadership competitions.

The contests are organized and judged by technical committees made up of representatives of the industry.

Skills USA is a national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the Skills USA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupation.