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SUU Students Bring Home Medals from State Competition

Published: April 01, 2008 | Category: Academics

Southern Utah University’s Technology students brought home two gold and three silver medals from last week’s SkillsUSA state competition in Salt Lake City. Each year thousands of Utah high school and college students compete against each other in technical and skilled areas in hopes of going on to Nationals.

Dana Meier, a senior electronics engineering technology major from Cedar City, placed first in Electronics Technology; Robert Kerksiek, a senior automotive major from Beaver, placed first in Power Equipment Technology; Travis Houchin, a senior electronics engineering technology major from Colorado Springs, placed second in Electronics Technology; Shane Johnson, a junior CAD/CAM major from Cedar City, placed second in Technical Drafting; and teammates Colin Clark and Wayne Humphries placed second in Mechatronics.

SUU’s two state gold medalists will go on to compete at nationals, held June 23-29 in Kansas City, Missouri. Meier and Kerksiek will compete for top honors in their related field and will be judged on their skills and ability to perform under pressure.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school students, and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

According to Dave Ward, Associate Professor of Electronics and Technology and Director of SUU’s Career and Technology Education, “Each year I encourage all of my ECET students to sign up and participate in the state’s SkillsUSA competition. These competitions are rigorous, hands-on contests, and they repeatedly prove that SUU students are very well prepared for their professional endeavors.”

Other SUU student participants included Shane Christensen (residential wiring competition); Nathan Jones (computer maintenance technology competition); Spencer Larsen (cabinet making competition); and Ammon Losee (computer maintenance technology competition).

For more information about SUU’s College of Computer, Integrated Engineering, and Technology programs and their SkillsUSA program, please visit

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