Career center sends 5 students to national skills competition

Five students from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) earned the opportunity to compete within their trades at the national level at the 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

The highlight of the conference is the annual SkillsUSA Championships with 103 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. These championships are the nation’s largest workforce development event for middle-school, high-school and college/post-secondary students enrolled in public career and technical education programs.

All five MVCTC students placed in the top 10 of their contests against the best in the nation.

The Robotics and Automation Team of Jordan Green (Robotics and Automation Class of 2019 from Valley View) and Caden Vance (Robotics and Automation Class of 2019 from Valley View) placed 10th in the National Robotics and Automation Technology Contest.

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Brenden Whisman (HVAC Class of 2019 from Preble Shawnee) placed 7th in the National Sheet Metal Contest, where contestants are tested on their ability to perform jobs such as connecting sheet metal pieces with drive cleats, spot welding and riveting.

Josh Strader (Aviation Maintenance Technician Class of 2019 from Milton-Union) placed 6th in the National Aviation Maintenance Technology Contest. He had to perform 12 tasks that represent the types of maintenance handled in the aircraft industry.

Rivers McShirley (Graphic Commercial Art Class of 2019 from Tri-County North) placed 5th in the National Advertising Design Contest. This contest tests technical skills and creative aptitude as though contestants worked for an ad agency.

Olivia Snowden (Dental Assisting Class of 2020 from Twin Valley South) attended the National Conference as an MVCTC delegate who helped elect a national officer from Ohio.

Dedicated to providing educational choices and advanced employment preparation for youth, adults and organizations, MVCTC has served the Miami Valley since 1971.

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