Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) hosted its 34th year of the SkillsUSA state competition April 24th and 25th at their main campus, the National Center of Aviation Training (NCAT) and their original City Center. More than 1,100 students in high school or junior college from across Kansas participated; thirty-five were WATC students.
In addition to technical competitions like welding, automotive repair and machining, there are also competitions in job interview, prepared speech, extemporaneous speaking, a quiz bowl and community involvement from a SkillsUSA chapter.
Several WATC students placed in their competition area and were honored at Friday’s award ceremony. Two silver winners, Darren Bishop in Architectural Drawing and Sarah Williams in Technical Drawing.
This is the third year for WATC’s Airframe and Powerplant program to compete in SkillsUSA and now, it is also the most successful for its students.
Ethan Warrington (right) won the bronze medal, Danial Palmer (middle) earned silver and Michael Mans (left) became WATC’s first gold medalist. Mans will represent WATC at the SKillsUSA national competition in Kansas City this June.
An aid to his success, Mans said his favorite part of the competition was, “Working with other students and doing what I love.” He says WATC also helped him to prepare through practice sessions and working with his instructors. Mans anticipates receiving an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology next year.
Utash thanked everyone who made this year’s competition a success, especially Mike Edwards, WATC board member for SkillsUSA and chief organizer for the event. “This is Mike’s first year and I he did an outstanding job,” said Utash.
WATC faculty and staff played a major role in the production and success of the competition. Academic coordinators, advisors, facility support, IT, instructors and individuals across campus supported the event.
“Thank you for the work you do to make this a successful experience for students and a wonderful opportunity to share our world class facility and programs with many other stakeholders that participate from business, industry, education and the community,” said Utash.
This is the third year for our A&P program to compete in Skills USA and WATC took a sweep earning a Bronze metal is Ethan Warrington, earning a Silver Metal is Daniel Palmer and we have our first GOLD medalist who will represent WATC at Nationals in Kansas City this June, Michael Mans! Congrats to these three gentleman as they have just created a first for WATC – very proud of them and their advisor Dawn Brown!
“WATC is proud of all our students who participated in Skills USA and especially proud of our state medal winners. The award honors are well deserved by both the students and their faculty who have worked extremely hard to prepare them for competition and success. These efforts certainly reflect WATC’s commitment to preparing students with the skills and training needed to enter into the workforce,” said Utash.
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