South Central College (SCC) students recently participated in the National SkillsUSA Championships, which took place June 26-27 in Louisville, Ky. Participation in the event was by invitation only for career and technical education students who took first place in their state SKillsUSA competitions. During the week, more than 6,400 state winners from around the country competed in 103 different career, technical and leadership fields. It is the largest skills competition for career and technical students in the world.

South Central College had 13 state winners from the SkillsUSA Minnesota competition in April who were selected to compete at the National SkillsUSA Championship. Five of the South Central College students received Top 3 Medals, with the additional eight SCC students finishing in the Top 10 in their respective competitions.

SCC National Medalists

  • Eric Holman from Mankato (multimedia technology students):  2nd Place Silver Medal in Photography Competition and "Best in Show” for Photo Print
  • Austin Oropeza from St. James and Abby Cherney from Mankato (multimedia technology students): 2nd Place Silver Medal in Digital Cinema Production Team Competition
  • Mitch Geisness from St. Croix Falls, WI and Sabastian Gilbertson from Mankato/Minneapolis (multimedia technology students):  3rd Place Bronze Medal in TV (Video) Production Team Competition

SCC Additional Top 10 Finishers

  • Brooke Kline from Mankato (auto body & collision technology student):  4th Place in Automotive Refinishing Technology Competition
  • Tim Walker from Kenyon, Jaycee Stiles from Waverly, NE, and Alexivan Rivera from Nicollet (graphic communications students):  4th Place in Promotional Bulletin Board Team Competition
  • Eddie Snow from Mankato (graphic communications student):  6th Place in Pin Design Competition
  • Deborah Goschy from Eagle Lake (graphic communications student): 8th Place in T-shirt Design Competition
  • Joseph Murphree from Platteville, WI and Riley Mayo from St. Peter (mechatronics students):  9th Place in Mechatronics Team Competition

The SkillsUSA Championships were part of the SkillsUSA 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information visit