South Central College Students Make their Mark in Minnesota SkillsUSA Competition


(April 6, 2016) - South Central College (SCC) students always have success in competitions at the annual SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference. This past weekend, however, they outdid themselves, with at least one student from every SCC program represented at the conference taking home a medal. 

With a total of 891 competitors from across the state, the following SCC students took home a total 23 medals - five 1st Place (Gold), nine 2nd Place (Silver) and nine 3rd Place (Bronze). The five 1st Place finishers will compete at the national SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, KY, June 20 - 24.

Auto Body and Collision Technology

Andrew Stewart (from New Ulm): Collision Repair Technology 1st Place

Graphic Communications

Hallie Jacobs (from Waseca): Pin Design 1st Place

Alyssa Lynch (from Waseca):  Pin Design 2nd Place

Windy Schultz (from Hopkins, MI):  Advertising Design 2nd Place, T-shirt Design 2nd Place, Pin Design 3rd Place

Multimedia Technology

Amanda Anez (from New Richmond, WI):  Photography 2nd Place

Dan Smith (from North Mankato):  Photography 1st Place

Caleb Curran (from Mankato) and Austin Oropeza (from Mankato):  Digital Cinema Team 1st Place

Reva Strunk (from Waseca) and Austin Swain (from Lino Lakes): Digital Cinema Team 2nd Place

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

Stephen Kostoff (from New Ulm): Job Skills Demonstration 3rd Place


Jesse Jenness (from Mankato) and Robert Strom (from St. Peter):  Mechatronics 3rd Place

Computer Integrated Machining (CIM)

Tim Hoosline (from Lake Crystal): Precision Machining Technology 3rd Place

Carl Nienow (from Mapleton): CNC Turning Specialist 3rd Place

Tabitha Nieves (from Madelia): CNC Technician 3rd Place

Derrik Richardson (from Londsdale), Tony Siebert (from Cleveland) and Robert Ulrich (from New Ulm):   Automated Manufacturing Technology Team 2nd Place    

Luke Blakesley (from Mankato), Melvin Cooke (from St. Peter) and Bradford Milliron (from Austin):  Automated Manufacturing Technology Team 3rd Place 

While in the Twin Cities for the conference, many of the SCC SkillsUSA participants volunteered for the Allan Law 363 Days Food Program, making 1,027 sandwiches for to feed homeless individuals and families. 

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. Last year, SkillsUSA will celebrated years of developing world-class workers and responsible American citizens. Over the course of those five decades, this career and technical student organization has served nearly 12 million annual members, helping each one develop the technical skills required for a successful career and the leadership skills that facilitate success in life.