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TSTC Has Good Showing at SkillsUSA State Competition

Saturday, March 29, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

SkillsUSATexas State Technical College enjoyed the most successful trip to the Skills USA state tournament in the past decade as 33 of the 49 competitors earned a medal and 21 won first place, qualifying for the national competition.

Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to prepare a skilled workforce. The competition took place last week in San Antonio.

Nationals take place in Kansas City, Mo. during the last week in June. TSTC Skills USA Coordinator Isaac Gonzalez said this was a huge accomplishment for the college and students.

“This will be great for all of them once they graduate,” Gonzalez said. “Potential employers look at their participation in Skills and having a good showing will only help them in the long run.”

Rogelio Longoria has been an instructor in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program for 10 years and has volunteered with Skills USA for the past nine years. He’s seen many great individuals compete year in and year out but confirmed that this was the best showing as a whole in the past decade.

Longoria said the students’ success reflects on the preparation they receive from instructor over the course of their time at TSTC.

“It reassures us that we’re teaching what’s acceptable right now in the workforce,” Longoria said. “What we’re teaching them is in line with what’s expected from them once they get out of here and start working.”

There were a couple of firsts at this competition for TSTC.

For the first time in school history, the Aviation Maintenance Technology Program sent students to compete at the state competition. And for the first time, TSTC took first and second. James Heina won the event while Robert Illingworth was runner up.

Auto Collision Technology (AUB) student Joe Torres is a Sergeant-At-Arms for the local Skills USA club and holds the same office at the statewide level.

He was part of a seven-person team that that took first place for the opening and closing ceremonies event.

“It’s good for the college and us as students,” Torres said. “I think it’ll encourage more students in the future.”

AUB student Ashley Castillo serves as secretary on the local and state levels as well and was very happy with her teammates showing in San Antonio and is looking forward to traveling to Kansas City for nationals.

“Everyone put in the time and effort and it paid off,” Castillo said.

The following is the list of medalist from the Skills USA competition in San Antonio:

Employment Application Process
First: Roland Gonzalez

Action Skills
First: Mario Aguilar

Motorcycle Service Technology
First: Juan Garcia

Advertising Design
First: Cassandra Reyes

Job Description A
First: Eve Reim

Related Technical Math
Second: Neil Nino

Prepared Speech
Third: Pedro Gutierrez

Precision Machining Technology
First: Noel Longoria

CNC Milling
First: Neil Nino

CNC Lathe
First: Victor Perez

Automated Manufacturing Technology
First: (three-man team)
Raul Morales
Alex Campos
Andres Guzman

Cabinet making
First: Adan Rostro

Second: Andrew Villareal
Third: Jaime Rodriguez

Sheet Metal
Second: Juan Perez

Pin Design
First: Tara Mendez
Second: Jose Delgadillo

T-shirt Design
Second: Jose Delgadillo

Opening and Closing Ceremonies
First: (team of 7)
Ashley Castillo
Jose Torres
Don Capetillo
Jose Barrios
Urbano Mierles
Yvonne Botello
Jaimie Garcia

Architectural Drafting
Second: Rosie Sanchez

Technical Drafting
Third: Jordan Guerrero

Aviation Maintenance Technology
First: Robert Illingworth
Third: James Heina

Second: Victor R. Vela

Computer Maintenance Technology
Second: Jose Hernandez

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