Eight students from Iowa Lakes Community College have returned from the National SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City where nearly 6,000 students from across the nation tested their skills in 94 areas of competition.
All participating students from Iowa Lakes made it in the top 10 – including one who advanced to the winners’ podium.
Jaren Nunnikhoven, Pella, received a second place medal in the Power Equipment Technology contest. He is a student in the Motorcycle and Small Engine Technology program at Iowa Lakes and was the highest ranking Iowa Lakes student.
Other students ranking in the top 10 included four students on the Carpentry team. That team consisted of Alex Kenne, Algona; Michael Ohmart, Rolfe; Nate Samp, Algona; and Luke Sundblad, Albert City. They placed fourth in the team competition. They are all students in the Construction Technology program at Iowa Lakes.
In Marine Service Technology, Bradley Bond, Marcus, took 10th place.
All six students competed in the college division.
Their college advisors include Rick Brichta, Corey Menning and Dustin Ross.
Scott Haas and Dan Haack placed 9th out of 40 competitors in Television (Video) Production. This is the third ‘Top 10’ finish in the past five years. The Algona High team won the national championship in 2005.
They competed at the secondary level. Both are students at Algona High School and are advised by Bryan Nelson. Nelson pointed out that the students compete against some very large schools since class size is not a consideration in determining ranking.
More than 15,000 people – including students, teachers and business partners – participated in the week-long event.
“We are very proud of the students and their instructors who represented Iowa Lakes at state and national competitions this past year. These results reflect the high level of the respective competitions, hard work and application of knowledge and skills” said Tom Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus.
Students work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry. The hands-on performance-based contests are demonstrations of student knowledge and practice gained from their programs.
SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 high school and college students and their instructors in training programs in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations. The association emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety.