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Washburn Tech Students Earn 47 Awards at SkillsUSA State Competition

Students at Washburn Tech competed at the Kansas SkillsUSA competition in Wichita recently, earning 14 first place, 21 second place, and 12 third place awards. Approximately 1,150 students from across Kansas participated in 60 occupational and leadership skill areas offered at the state level. Eleven Washburn Tech students qualified to compete at the 48th annual National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23-27, 2012 in Kansas City. The 47 awards Washburn Tech students earned in 2012 is nearly triple the 16 awards in 2011 and more than double the 22 awards students won in 2010.

Washburn Tech students swept the first, second, and third place awards in the Photography-college/post secondary contest and the Related Technical Math-college/post secondary contest. Washburn Tech students also won both first and second place in Employability-high school, Essay-college/post secondary, Internetworking-high school, Mechatronics-college/post secondary, Occupational Safety-college/post secondary, Cabinet Making-college/post secondary, and Food and Beverage Service-college/post secondary.

Additionally, David Praiswater, Commercial Construction instructor at Washburn Tech, won the 2012 Post-Secondary Advisor of the Year. The Washburn Tech SkillsUSA chapter was recognized for significant membership development for a nearly 50 percent increase in membership. Graphics Technology student Olivia Schwyhart won the award for 2012 State Pin Design. Graphics Technology student David Vincent won the award for 2012 State T-shirt design. This is the first time in SkillsUSA-Kansas history that students from a single institution won both design awards in the same year. Three instructors serve as Washburn Tech SkillsUSA Advisors, David Praiswater, Pam Manning, Graphics Technology, and Brett Mahorney, Culinary Arts.

The tremendous success at SkillsUSA-Kansas demonstrates the outstanding skills and abilities of Washburn Tech students as well as the quality of curriculum and instruction provided by Washburn Tech instructors. Students representing Washburn Tech SkillsUSA are a great source of pride for Washburn Tech.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.

Washburn Tech offers 24 technical programs, most of which are about 48 credits in length, in one of five divisions – Construction, Health Care, Transportation, Human Services, and Technology. In addition, short-term continuing education and custom courses are offered. Washburn Tech serves post secondary students as well as students from 16 consortium high school districts in Northeast Kansas. Through the Washburn Tech Consortium, area high school students have the opportunity to begin preparing for the technical career of their choice. Washburn Tech students have the option of continuing for their Associates Degree and beyond.

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Jonathan Wimer, Washburn Tech, coordinator of continuing education and marketing, (785) 273-6390

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