SkillsUSA Competition Mirrors Penn College Majors

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Students from nine high schools and/or career and technical schools competed in 14 events – HVAC, plumbing, technical drafting, welding, masonry, precision machining, automated manufacturing, residential wiring, commercial baking, culinary arts, computer maintenance, carpentry, basic health care and nurse assisting – during Friday’s SkillsUSA District 6 competition at Penn College. Students who placed first in their respective events advance to the Pennsylvania State Leadership and Skills Championships, from April 3-5 in Hershey. Scholarships are offered to students who place first through third in state competition and enroll at Penn College. In addition to the day’s competition, students enjoyed lunch and an awards ceremony. Teachers and school counselors attended a social hour hosted by the School of Hospitality; a campus tour led by a student ambassador; and a short presentation by Tracy L. Brundage, assistant vice president for workforce and economic development at Penn College, about career opportunities in the natural gas industry.

SkillsUSA District Results

– Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer
and Steven K. McCoy, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Construction and Design Technologies

Congratulating one of the day's many winners

Congratulating one of the day’s many winners

Penn College's SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton, an assistant professor of welding, finds a kindred spirit in a "Live to Weld, Weld to Live" T-shirt.

Penn College’s SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton, an assistant professor of welding, finds a kindred spirit in a “Live to Weld, Weld to Live” T-shirt.

With a mixture of excitement and exhaustion, high school and career/technical students await the judges' results.

With a mixture of excitement and exhaustion, high school and career/technical students await the judges’ results.

Making sure a course of block is plumb

Making sure a course of block is plumb

Freshly mixed mortar awaits contestants in the Construction Masonry Building.

Freshly mixed mortar awaits contestants in the Construction Masonry Building.

Delicate work in a School of Hospitality lab

Delicate work in a School of Hospitality lab

Baking in the Hager Lifelong Education Center

Baking in the Hager Lifelong Education Center

It's "Safety First" around power tools

It’s “Safety First” around power tools

Hand/eye coordination in the carpentry laboratory

Hand/eye coordination in the carpentry laboratory

HVAC students in the Carl Building Technologies Center

HVAC students in the Carl Building Technologies Center

A competitor shows his skills in the plumbing lab.

A competitor shows his skills in the plumbing lab.

A student directs his torch in the plumbing lab.

A student directs his torch in the plumbing lab.

A student, meticulous in technical drafting

A student, meticulous in technical drafting

Concentrating in College Avenue Labs

Concentrating in College Avenue Labs

Competitors in automated manufacturing

Competitors in automated manufacturing