SLCC Students Win Gold at National SkillsUSA Conference

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SLCC team takes top honor in competitive TeamWorks division.

Salt Lake Community College students Seth Johnson (l-r), Jason Groce, Deric Yoakam, and R.J. Beckstead won the TeamWorks division in the recent SkillsUSA Conference.

Salt Lake Community College students Seth Johnson (l-r), Jason Groce, Deric Yoakam, and R.J. Beckstead won the TeamWorks division in the recent SkillsUSA Conference.

Our students who competed in SkillsUSA exhibited the highest level of training and education, which reflects well on their experience at Salt Lake Community College.

Salt Lake Community College students brought home four gold medals in the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Skill and Leadership Conference, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SLCC had 16 students participate in 11 categories in what is called the country’s largest collegiate job skills competition.

“Our students who competed in SkillsUSA exhibited the highest level of training and education, which reflects well on their experience at Salt Lake Community College,” said Ralph Tasker, SLCC interim associate dean for the Division of Technical Specialties. “We congratulate each of them and the many great faculty members who taught and trained them.”

SLCC won gold medals in web design, 3-D visualization and animation, screen-printing technology and in the “TeamWorks” division and a silver medal in advertising design. The TeamWorks project is four members of a team working together to frame a small structure; lay bricks on the outside; install plumbing pipe, equipment and venting; wire lights, switches, and install a main power panel, all while keeping a clean and safe worksite. Each phase is inspected similar to a real-life construction project before the team can move to the next phase. Members of the winning team were Jason Groce, R.J. Beckstead, Seth Johnson and Deric Yoakam. More than 6,000 students participated in the weeklong event that began June 22 and included 100 occupational and leadership skill areas.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens and it serves more than 300,000 students each year through 53 state and territorial associations.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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