SWIC Students Dominate SkillsUSA Competition

4/30/2014 3:55:10 PM

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2014 SkillsUSA State Winners

It’s a fact: other Illinois colleges can’t touch Southwestern Illinois College in manufacturing education.

The results spoke for themselves as SWIC students swept the Illinois SkillsUSA competition, recently held in Springfield. In every category that SWIC students competed, they placed first and in most cases, place second and third as well.

“Southwestern Illinois College is proud of what our students have accomplished,” SWIC Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth said. “We’re looking forward to demonstrating what we can do at the national competition later this summer.”

The first place winners from each competition category will compete at the national SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City, Mo. this June. For Illinois in 2014, those competitors are all SWIC students.

In each category, the winners were:

Precision Machining Technology

  • First place: Greg Kersulis of Waterloo
  • Second place: Mike Garcia of Collinsville
  • Third place: Ashley Robinson of Wood River

Computerized Numerical Control Milling

  • First place: Mike Garcia of Collinsville
  • Second place: Jacob Sams of Collinsville
  • Third Place: Cole Haggard of Troy

CNC Turning

  • First place: Cole Haggard of Troy
  • Second place: Ashley Robinson of Waterloo
  • Third place: Mike Campbell of Collinsville

Automated Manufacturing Technology

  • First place team: Mike Campbell of Collinsville, Justin Derterding of Prairie Du Rocher and Jordan Norman of Glen Carbon
  • Second place team: Charles Barger of Collinsville, Matt Clark of Granite City and Mike Garcia of Collinsville

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

  • First place: Tim Steinmann II of Highland

Garcia said he was proud of his teams’ accomplishment.

“I thought it was a great experience,” he said. “I was happy to go and compete and I’m happy to go to nationals next.”

For Garcia, his education will lead directly to employment: he’s already working for a local company on the condition he completes his degree.

Teammate Sams agreed with him.

“It was a fantastic experience,” he said. “Everyone should try Skills(USA), it’s a great experience and SWIC is the best!”

Sams also has career goals after he finishes college in 2015.

“I’m going to find my dream job as a CNC programmer,” he said.

For more information about SkillsUSA or the SWIC Technical Education program, call 618-931-0600, ext. 7475.