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July 23, 2015


Secondary students attend Skills USA national competitions


Skills USATwo Cowley College secondary students recently attended and competed at the Skills USA national competitions held in Louisville, Kentucky. Both students are enrolled in the Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) program taught by Instructor Daniel Higdon.


Cory Shaw, a Winfield High School Junior, and Tim Nickel, an Arkansas City High School Junior, were paired up to compete at the state level Skills USA competitions held in Hutchinson, KS last April. Shaw and Nickel earned first place at the state level which qualified them to attend the national level where they had a tremendous experience and gained a ton of knowledge about the Skills USA program.


Shaw and Nickel expressed much enthusiasm in returning to the Skills USA competitions next year with hopes of earning national recognition in the Manufacturing Technology (Mechatronics) field.


“What impressed me the most about nationals was the amount of talent within the area of Mechatronics,” Shaw said. “There were tons of really smart people there. I hope to go back next year and impress others.”


Joe Clasen, Career and Technical Education Department Chair at Cowley College said he was proud these students had a chance to compete in the national competitions.


“I know they learned a lot by experiencing the Skills USA process. They will be more prepared and ready to go back next year,” Clasen said.


Shaw, Nickel, and Cowley College instructors and staff, said the trip would not have been possible without the assistance and donations from Cowley First, RCB Bank, and The mikeroweWORKS Foundation.