Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) student Chad Rubey placed fifth out of 28 college competitors from across the country in the SkillsUSA Championships. The competition was a featured event at the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference June 23–27 in Kansas City, MO.
More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions attended this showcase of career and technical education students.
The conference featured 94 hands-on skill and leadership competitions. Working against the clock and each other, the participants proved their expertise in job skills such as electronics, technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. There were also competitions in leadership skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings using parliamentary procedures.
"Representing our school in the SkillsUSA Championships was a real honor," Rubey said. "MCTC's HVAC-R program is one of the best in the nation. Area employers, as well as industry field representatives are noticing our faculty members' dedication and hard work."
More than 1,700 industry professionals judge the contestants based on a set of entry-level job skills that test a student’s knowledge and hands-on abilities. Safety practices and procedures are also judged and graded and constitute a portion of the score. Excelling in the competition gives students confidence knowing they have achieved the skills necessary to be successful in the workforce.
"Competing in Kansas City was a great way to finish my two year experience [at MCTC]," Rubey said.
Students from the following colleges competed at the National conference: Alexandria Technical & Community College, Central Lakes College-Staples, Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Dunwoody College of Technology, Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campuses, Hibbing Community College, Lake Superior College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, M State-Detroit Lakes, Mn West-Canby, Ridgewater College-Willmar, Riverland Community College-Austin, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Saint Paul College, and South Central College-North Mankato.
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist.