South Central College students took top honors at the SkillsUSA State Competition in Minnesota this past weekend. SkillsUSA is a nationwide career and technical student organization that serves more than 300,000 students and their instructors in technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs. South Central College students placed first in eight events, second in six events and third in four events. Those with first place finishes will compete at the national Skills USA Competition in Kansas City, June 23-27.

SCC competitors and their finishes:

Dustin Miller: Job Skills Demonstration-Open, first place.

Matt Drown: Job Skills Demonstration-Open, third place.

Brandon Haugdahl: Job Skills Demonstration-Field Specific HVAC, first place.

Jose Figueroa: Place Mechanics Dexterity, third place.

Adam Jutz, Tyler Schmidt, Devin Wetzel: Automated Manufacturing Technology, first place.

Jon Carter, Adam Hecht, Alex Zimprich: Automated Manufacturing Technology, second place.

Chad Vlasak: Precision Machining, 1st place and CNC Lathe Manual Programming, first place.

Pat Kelly: Precision Machining, 2nd place and CNC Mill Manual Programming, second place.

Luke Blakesley: CNC Lathe Manual Programming, third place

Katelin Plekkenpol: Pin Design, first place, T-shirt Design, first place and Advertising, first place.

Mallorie Malenke: Pin Design, second place, T-shirt Design, second place and Advertising, second place.

Maria Vargas: T-shirt Design, third place.

South Central College’s student competitors came from a variety of programs, including Computer Integrated Machining (CIM), Graphics, Auto Body and Collision Technology, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC).

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, instructors and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce while helping each student excel. The Minnesota SkillsUSA Association has offered leadership opportunities to more 200,000 student members since 1967, with a current annual membership of more than 3,000. There are chapters at 29 Minnesota community and technical colleges and 50 high schools or cooperative centers.