Iowa Lakes Community College students have returned from the 50th annual National SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City. Alex Kenne (Algona) won first place in State and second in Nationals for SkillsUSA in Carpentry. Matt Sediveck (New Hampton) won first place in State and 13th in the Nation for SkillsUSA in Power and Equipment Technology.
There were more than 5,000 students from across the nation who tested their skills in nearly 99 areas of competition during the week of the contest.
For the Carpentry competition, Alex had to review building plans, participate in breakout style workshops/seminars, was a contestant in a nail driving contest, took a written test over carpentry knowledge, and a timed construction project utilizing many of the skills learned in the program at Iowa Lakes.
Placing second in the United States is quite an accomplishment. For his efforts, Alex Kenne earned a silver medal in the Carpentry competition receiving a silver medal representing not only Iowa Lakes Community College but the entire state of Iowa. He received a $250 Carhartt gift certificate, $750 in prepaid credit cards, and approximately $2,500 to $3,000 in tools.
“It was a wonderful time with a wonderful ending when we found out how well Alex did,” said Corey Menning, Construction Technology Instructor.
For the Power and Equipment Technology competition, Matt took a written test and participated in an analysis of a fuel system. There were also 11 different stations, mostly hands-on, from running adjustments to basic services and parts look-up. In addition, there was electrical testing and diagnostics.
“We are very proud of Alex and Matt who represented Iowa Lakes at Nationals SkillsUSA, the instructors, and all students who competed and our programs – both Career & Technical and Arts & Science,” said Thomas Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The nationwide organization 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.
Alex Kenne competing in the Carpentry competition.