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AWC Students Bring Home 16 SkillsUSA Arizona Medals

Apr. 2nd, 2013

Larry Lebsock
Director-Early College Experience
Arizona Western College
(928) 580-5235
(928) 344-7742

Alison Howell
Communications Coordinator
Arizona Western College
(928) 314-9594

AWC Students Bring Home 16 SkillsUSA Arizona Medals

Yuma, AZ- (April 2, 2013)— Arizona Western College students brought home a total of 16 bronze, silver and gold medals from the SkillsUSA Arizona competition held on March 26 and 27, 2013, at the Phoenix Civic and Convention Center.

The following AWC students won Gold Medals:
Trisha Haswood, Job Skills Demonstration; Omar A. Macias, Prepared Speech; Ricardo Aldana, Welding Sculpture; Adrian Castillo, Welding Fabrication; Christopher Smart, Welding Fabrication and Extemporaneous Speech; Manuel Robles, Welding Fabrication; Darold Natseway, Culinary Arts; and Pam Dusek Commercial Baking.

The following AWC students won Silver Medals:
Joshua Hart, Culinary Arts; Dana Hart, Commercial Baking; and Manual Robles, Job Skills Demonstration.

The following AWC students won Bronze Medals:
James Veldhuis, Welding and Related Technical Math; Pam Dusek, Job Skills Demonstration; and Albert Moreno, Culinary Arts.

One thousand, eight hundred students, instructors and guests were registered at the state event, during which 56 leadership and skill events were held.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. The programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.

For more information, please contact Larry Lebsock, Director of Early College Experience at AWC, at, (928) 580-5235, or (928) 344-7742.


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