NIC Trades and Industry students sweep up state awards

Students in several of North Idaho College’s Trades and Industry programs took home six gold, silver and bronze medals from the annual Idaho SkillsUSA competition in Nampa.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the competition and how our students performed,” said Doug Anderson, NIC Trades and Industry division chair. “We not only competed with bigger schools -- we excelled.”

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that serves teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade occupations as well as technical and skilled service trade occupations. NIC competed against both two-year and four-year colleges from around the state.

Collision Repair and Technology competition

Josh Hartt, of Post Falls, was awarded a Gold Medal and Matt Sima, of Rathdrum, was awarded a Silver Medal in the Collision Repair category.

Richard Schwemmer, from Coeur d’Alene, was awarded a Gold Medal and Ian Sheppard, from Harrison, was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Auto Refinishing Technology category.

Machining and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Technology competition

Jeff Leach, of Hayden, was awarded the Silver Medal in the Precision Machining category. Jeff Leach and Carlee Floyd, both from Blanchard, also represented NIC at the competition.

Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology competition

Aaron Scott, of Coeur d’Alene, was awarded a Bronze Medal. Steve Sayler, of Hayden, earned a fourth-place finish; Ed Jewett, of Post Falls, earned a fifth-place finish, Garret Swanson, of Corvallis, Mont., earned a seventh-place finish, and Rob Tyrrell, of Coeur d’Alene, earned an eighth-place finish.

North Idaho College Collision Repair Technology students recently won several awards in the statewide 2013 SkillsUSA competition. Pictured in the front row are, from left: NIC Machine Technology Instructor Kurt Kimberling, Aaron Scott, Matt Sima, Richard Schwemmer and Jeffrey Leach.
In the back row, from left: NIC HVAC Instructor Jon May, NIC Collision Repair Technology Instructor Cal DeHaas, Josh Hartt, and Ian Sheppard.

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2013

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