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Zach Pechacek

Zach Pechacek 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.

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