For the first time in State Fair Community College history, three students from the precision machining program competed in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills (NLSC) post-secondary competition in Atlanta, Georgia, and were ranked fourth in the nation in automated manufacturing. The SFCC team members were Mikhail Boychuk from Cole Camp, Shae Childers from Windsor and Wyatt Siegal from Tipton.

To win the trip to the SkillsUSA NLSC competition, Boychuk, Childers and Siegal, as a team, had to finish first in the state competition held earlier in the year. During the two-day event in Atlanta, they competed against other first-place winners from every US state and territory.

Justin Wright, SFCC Precision Machining Program Coordinator, accompanied the students to Atlanta.

“It was a great first experience competing in SkillsUSA at the post-secondary level,” Wright said. “I am very proud of these students. We look forward to 2023 and hope to earn another first place in the state and win the gold medal in the national competition.

Green High School student Eric Thomas attends the State Fair Career and Technology Center and competed in the SkillsUSA High School Individual Competition in Industrial Engine Controls and was ranked 11th in the nation. Thomas needed to be able to understand and decipher electrical schematics, assemble and install various electrical components, and troubleshoot an electrical system. Brady Glover, SFCTC Electronics instructor, accompanied Thomas to Atlanta.

“I’ve been extremely impressed with Eric and the things he’s accomplished in the short time I’ve known him,” Glover said. “When Eric entered the national SkillsUSA competition, we had only been doing electrical work for about a month and a half before he won first place. This year we will work hard and prepare to go back and win it all.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit membership organization for middle school, high school, and college/post-secondary students preparing for careers in trades, technical trades, and skilled services. According SkillsUSA.orgnearly 5,200 outstanding vocational and technical students (all winners of state competitions) participated in 108 different business, technical and apprenticeship career competitions in 2022.

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