Posted by Dena Roland Woods on July 10, 2018

Pictured, faculty and students who attended the competition include, from left: Adjunct Faculty Industrial Apprentice David Berry, Cameron Yon of Granite City, Zane Wilson of Mount Vernon, Joshua Yates of Grafton, Connor Braasch of Troy, Dan Altman of Altamont and SWIC Precision Machining Technology Instructor Jerry Bonifield. Not pictured, Bryce Dickenson of Granite City and Assistant Professor of Welding Technology Kevin Corgan also attended the event.

Southwestern Illinois College Technical Education students took home medals recently from the National SkillsUSA Competition in Louisville, Kentucky. SWIC won a total of four medals in two categories.

“Once again, our talented Precision Machining Technology students are national champions,” said SWIC Industrial Technology Coordinator Mark Bosworth. “That makes a total of nine national medals in eight years at SkillsUSA, the national benchmark for new talent in the skilled trades.”

SWIC 2018 SkillsUSA winners include:
CNC Technician Gold Medal – Zane Wilson of Mount Vernon

Automated Manufacturing Team Silver Medal – Connor Braasch of Troy, Dan Altman of Altamont and Joshua Yates of Grafton

In addition, Granite City residents Bryce Dickenson competed in the Welding competition and Cameron Yon competed in the CNC Milling contest.

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.

For more information about SWIC Technical Education programs visit