(Bradenton, FL—February 8, 2019) Manatee Technical College students pulled in 82 medals at the 2019 SkillsUSA Regionals. MTC students won 82 medals: 40 gold, 24 silver, and 18 bronze. First and second place winners—64 MTC students—qualify to compete at FL-SkillsUSA in April.
MTC hosted 480 students for the Region 6 SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership Conference on February 7. Six technical colleges and two high schools competed in two divisions of 22 leadership and 43 skill contests.
MTC students had a clean sweep in two college division contests. In Electrical Construction Wiring, Marcos Aquino won 1st, Tyler Hansen won 2nd, and Carlos Amaro placed 3rd, and PJ Miller placed 1st, Brayan Hernandez Jimenez placed 2nd, and Amanda Noellert won 3rd in Welding Sculpture.
MTC also swept the high school division Automotive Service Technology contest: Max Henessy (1st), Andrew Thielen (2nd), and Noah Miller (3rd). In the college division, Levi McClain won 2nd and Brett Horton 3rd in Automotive Service Technology. Jason Berger won gold and Dylan Haworth bronze in high school Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair.
MTC’s collision repair students fared well in the college division scoring gold medals in Automotive Refinishing Technology (Niko Macias) and Collision Repair Technology (Erik Mendoza). William Kennedy and Zachary Lennard placed 1st and 2nd in the highly competitive college Marine Service Technology.
Machining made a comeback this year with Justin Vanhyning and Alejandro Resendiz taking gold and silver in college division CNC Turning Technology, Jacob Vanhyning winning gold college CNC Milling Technology, and Wade Duffey winning gold in high school CNC Turning. In high school Industrial Motor Control, Brennan Collins placed first.
Josie Deriso pulled in the gold in the highly competitive college division Cosmetology contest. The team of Jermaine Smith and Cornei Allen scored the gold in college division Television (Video) Production. Maegan Betts and Brandi Triska won 1st and 2nd in high school Photography.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that promotes excellence, employability skills and ethics to students in career and technical education to better prepare them for successful careers.