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Lebsock Receives SkillsUSA Top Honor

May. 7th, 2013

Larry Lebsock
Early College Experience
Arizona Western College

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

Lebsock Receives SkillsUSA Top Honor

Yuma, Arizona (May 7, 2013) — Larry Lebsock, Director of Early College Experience at AWC, has been selected by the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors to receive SkillsUSA’s highest honor, the National Honorary Life Membership. This honor is in recognition of his dedicated service to the organization and the students it serves.

He will be introduced at the Opening Ceremony of the SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Kansas City, Missouri, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, and will also recognized at a reception later that evening.

Lebsock grew up in Yuma, graduated from Kofa High School, and was a member of the first class of welding students to graduate from AWC. He graduated from AWC in1969 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding Technology. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Trade and Industrial Education, and then a Master of Education degree at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff .

During his 30-year teaching career, he taught Welding, Electronics, Technical Math and TV Production and served as a SkillsUSA advisor at the high school level. As a first year teacher at Kofa, he became the Welding Section Advisor. In 1976, he assisted with the first Arizona Region 1 Competition at Kofa and has remained involved with the event for the past 38 years, 28 of which have been hosted at AWC. In 2007, he was hired as the Tech Prep Director at AWC, and later assumed his current position.

He has served multiple times on the Arizona SkillsUSA Board of Directors, including as President and Treasurer. For the past eight years he has served as a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team.

He is most proud of the accomplishments of his former students, which include welding instructors, engineers, broadcasters and two City of Yuma Fire Department captains who began their firefighting careers as members of a cooperative education program he developed while employed at Cibola High School.

For more information, please contact Lebsock at, or (928)344-7742.


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