Gold medal to MCC’s SkillsUSA Teamworks team
“I’m going to Kansas City; Kansas City here I come!” These are the refrains from an old, old song and were the focus of 24 MCC students during the last week in June. MCC instructors/advisors and industry partners attended the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City. They were among the 15,000 folks from around the country who converged on Kansas City to participate in the 50th annual conference.
Ablaze with excitement, the state gold medal champions were the participants in the national competition. More than earning a gold medal, the self-confidence and stamina that it took for the contestants was an experience of a lifetime. Throughout the week, students participated in written tests, motivational meetings, leadership meetings and skills testing. Mike Rowe of the television show “Dirty Jobs” spoke at the closing ceremonies. Rowe’s WORKS Foundation supports SkillsUSA and two-year postsecondary trade schools through its scholarship contributions. MCC received $300 for scholarships.
The adrenaline was pumping as the students made their way to their stations. Hammers pounding, drills squealing and the pulsing whir of the saws turned Bartle Hall in Kansas City into a construction mecca. Hearing the enthusiasm all around and the encouragement from parents, instructors and advisors, urged the students to do their best. The 40+ diminutive houses that comprised the miniature village were constructed as a part of the Teamworks competition.
MCC’s four-person team made up of Jonathan Herrmann, Joel Ramirez, Alexander Schincke and Ben Stigge took top honors. A hearty congratulations goes out to the Teamwork’s Team for winning the gold medal and to MCC’s bronze medalists. Not only is it commendable that a gold medal was brought home, but two bronze medals were earned by Charles Fritz III in the Electrical Construction Wiring competition and Gerald McNerney for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC). Instructors and advisors that guided the winners were John Berger, Carl Fielder, Dave Horst and Trevor Secora. In addition, 18 MCC students placed in the top 10 in 10 contests.
Nationals consisted of 99 competitions. From culinary to cosmetology and photography to welding, the students conducted themselves very professionally. This is the last year the event will be held in Kansas City. Kansas City’s million square feet space isn’t enough! Louisville, Ky., will host the 51st annual conference by offering 1.6 million square feet of space and substantially increasing the number of hotel rooms.
When the Nebraska State SkillsUSA competition was held in April 2014 in Omaha for the first time, MCC was a major sponsor. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives who strive to provide a skilled workforce for the nation.