SWIC students sweep categories at Illinois SkillsUSA competition

Southwestern Illinois College Technical Education students dominated four precision machining categories at the Illinois SkillsUSA challenge in Springfield in April. SWIC won a total of 16 medals in seven categories. The gold medalists are now eligible to compete at the national level. This marks the ninth year in a row that SWIC students have succeeded in qualifying for the national competition. “We’re very proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said SWIC Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth. “We’re happy that they’ll have a chance to demonstrate these skills at the national level.” SkillsUSA is a national technical education organization that partners educators, employers and students to teach greater skills to Americans, according to its website. The SkillsUSA Championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. SWIC 2018 SkillsUSA winners include: Automated Manufacturing First Place (team)
  • Connor Braasch of Troy
  • Connor Barnard of Godfrey
  • Gavin Becherer of Troy
CNC Milling
  • First Place – Blake Schuette of Alton
  • Second Place – Michael Torre of Highland
  • Third Place – Thomas Petroski of St. Jacob
CNC Technician
  • First Place – Blake Schuette
  • Second Place – Tom Petroski
  • Third Place – Michael Torre
CNC Turning
  • First Place – Blake Schuette
  • Second Place – Thomas Petroski
  • Third Place – James Neary of Red Bud
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • First Place – Jonatan Lunk of Waterloo
Mechatronics First Place (team)
  • Clayton Lents of Waterloo
  • Nicholas Wittenauer of Red Bud
  • First Place – Bryce Dickenson of Granite City
Torre and Petroski will compete at SkillsUSA 55th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, June 24-28. For more information about SWIC Technical Education programs, visit the division webpages.   Pictured are: Nicholas Wittenauer of Red Bud, who was part of the First Place Mechatronics team, left, and Gavin Becherer of Troy, who was part of the First Place Automated Manufacturing team.