NIC Trades and Industry students place nationally

Two students in North Idaho College’s Collision Repair Technology program placed nationally at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City on June 27.

Josh Hartt, of Sandpoint, came in second-place in the nation in the Collision Repair competition.

Richard Schwemmer, of Coeur d’Alene, placed eighth in the nation in the Auto Refinishing competition.

“Richard and Josh competed at a very high level on a national stage,” said Cal DeHaas, NIC Collision Repair instructor. “They were both well prepared and were in it to win it. I’m very proud of how we competed amongst the rest of the nation.”

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 across the nation. There were 32 other competitors for each competition. Hartt and Schwemmer had both previously won gold medals at the Idaho SkillsUSA competition.

Collision Repair students place nationally

North Idaho College Collision Repair Technology students recently placed nationally at the SkillsUSA Championship in Kansas City. Richard Schwemmer (left) placed eighth in the nation in the Auto Refinishing competition and Josh Hartt placed second in the Collision Repair competition.


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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013

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