Students Earn Top Medals at National Competition

Dennis Technical Education Students Earn Top Medals at National Competition
Posted on 06/29/2018
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Two Dennis Technical Education Center students took home top honors in the recently-held annual SkillsUSA national competition. The two students were part of an impressive DTEC team of students and their instructors (pictured at the bottom of this article) who traveled to Louisville, KY for the national competition, which was held June 25-29, 2018.  

The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

John Myers Earns Gold Medal in Automotive Service Technology Competition

John MyersCongratulations to Dennis Technical Education Center student John Myers (pictured) who earned a Gold Medal in Automotive Service Technology at the SkillsUSA Championships.

Myers won the Automotive Service Technology competition where contestants from across the nation demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations consist of on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test. Contestants are judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety and ability to follow directions. There are 13 skill stations including the written test.

Review national results in the Automotive Service Technology competition. Review videos of awards ceremonies. 

John Myers is pictured below with his Gold Medal.

Photo from SkillsUSA Championships

Hunter Casteel Earns Bronze Medal in Telecommunications Cabling

Hunter CasteelAlso in the SkillsUSA Competition, Dennis Technical Education Center student Hunter Casteel (pictured) earned a Bronze Medal in Telecommunications Cabling.

This competition tests to worldwide industry standards related to cabling for data and voice connections, physical and logical networks and signal transmission. Contestants demonstrate skills in fiber and copper cable termination, pulling and mounting cable, patch panel installation and termination, installing jacks, cable testing and troubleshooting, and providing customer service.

More Recognition for DTEC

Photo from SkillsUSA ChampionshipsAlso at the Skills USA Competition, student Trystan Bowker and Instructor Mr. Casey Goold (pictured) were honored by mikeroweworks and provided with a scholarship for Trystan’s travel expenses to compete in Computer Numeric Control Milling at SkillsUSA.

Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country.

Below is a photo of the entire team from Dennis Technical Education Center that traveled to Louisville, KY to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships.

"We're extremely proud of our students and teachers," said Principal Jason Hutchison, Dennis Technical Education Center. "They worked so hard throughout the year, and to see their dedication pay off in this culminating competition is terrific." 

Photo from SkillsUSA ChampionshipsAbout SkillsUSA Championships

Through an investment from business and industry partners of approximately $36 million, the event occupies a space equivalent to 20 football fields. In 2017, there were more than 6,200 contestants in 100 separate events. Nearly 2,000 judges and contest organizers from labor and management make the national event possible.

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.