MSTC student takes 8th place in national skills competition

MSTC student takes 8th place in national skills competition

June 30, 2014

Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) student Aaron Kaczmarek took eighth place in the Automotive Service category at the SkillsUSA Championships during the National Leadership & Skills Conference.  There were more than 40 participants in the Automotive Service category made up of winners of competitions in most states and US territories, including Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.  The SkillsUSA Championships were held on June 25 and 26 in H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium of the Kansas City Convention Center. More than 6,000 career and technical education students, all state contest winners, competed in 99 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. 

“We are very proud of him and this remarkable accomplishment,” said Mike Berry, MSTC Instructor and advisor to MSTC’s SkillsUSA chapter. 

In this showcase of skill, career and technical education students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like automotive service, electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts.  Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

Three MSTC students had placed in the top three in their individual events at the 41st Annual State SkillsUSA Secondary Leadership & Skills Conference held April 29 and 30 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.  Fellow MSTC students Colin Reffner and Quinton Kluck had each placed third, in Precision Machining and CNC Milling, respectively.  Kaczmarek’s first place finish in Automotive Service at the state competition qualified him for the national competition. 

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that describes itself as “a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.”  The organization serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.  SkillsUSA has 13,000 school chapters in 54 states and territories.

MSTC, one of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System, offers more than 100 associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. Student-focused and community-based, MSTC serves a resident population of approximately 165,000 in central Wisconsin with campuses in Marshfield, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, and a learning center in Adams.