Posted by Jim Haverstick on May 10, 2018

Southwestern Illinois College Technical Education students swept two precision machining categories at the Illinois SkillsUSA challenge in Springfield in April.

SWIC won a total of 12 medals in five categories.

The gold medalists are now eligible to compete at the national level. This marks the eighth 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:

CNC Milling

  • First place – Zane Wilson of Mount Vernon
  • Second place – Cameron Yon of Granite City
  • Third place – Joe Blumenstock of Nashville

CNC Technician

  • First place – Zane Wilson
  • Second place – Cameron Yon
  • Third place – James Neary of Red Bud

CNC Turning

  • First place – Zane Wilson
  • Third place – James Neary

Automated Manufacturing

  • First place team – Connor Braasch of Troy, Dan Altman of Altamont and Joshua Yates of Grafton


  • First place – Bryce Dickenson of Granite City

Wilson, Yon, Braasch, Altman, Yates and Dickenson will compete at SkillsUSA 54th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 25-29.

For more information about SWIC Technical Education programs visit