Spring 2013 |
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working
together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. As a national
organization, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences in leadership,
teamwork, citizenship and character development in trade, industrial,
technical, health and other industries. Each year, MCC students compete
regionally and nationally with others in their area of interest—and each
year MCC students excel.
Zach Pechacek is one of those students. Pechacek has been involved with
SkillsUSA since high school, taking top awards in the residential wiring and
TeamWorks competitions. His successes led to his recognition as the
American Technical Education Association’s Outstanding Technical Student in
2013. In addition, Pechacek is the SkillsUSA Nebraska college president.
Pechacek answered a few questions about SkillsUSA:
What brought you to MCC?
I was on a path to another community college to follow in the footsteps of
my uncle in a construction program. As a junior in high school I was
introduced to MCC's Career Academy. There wasn't a carpentry class but
there was an electrical one, and all trades fascinate me. I put my
schooling to work a year later at a SkillsUSA state competition and won
first place in construction wiring. At nationals, my electrical instructor
suggested I be the first president of MCC SkillsUSA. Now I am proud to talk
about my home school, MCC. I tell students that there is no other school
that supports their students like this one does.
What benefits do you get from participating in SkillsUSA?
You learn to perfect your skills and meet people from across the state and
country that have the same interest. You build great networking connections
with other students, advisors and industry leaders nationwide. Plus, you
get the opportunity to show off your skills and professionalism to people
that could have a strong impact on your future.
What would you tell to other students about SkillsUSA?
There's nothing else like SkillsUSA. It took me, a shy, quiet kid, to now
the state college student president of SkillsUSA. I've made lasting
friendships with students across the country and have grown to become a
strong leader through training and challenging myself to break the tension
in a room. SkillsUSA has helped me all the way around, from scholarships,
to jobs, to friendships and, most importantly, to where I am today. It's
a life-changing opportunity you won't regret.
To learn more about supporting SkillsUSA students, visit the MCC
Foundation website at www.mccneb.edu/foundation.