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3 NMJC SkillsUSA Students Win 1st Place Awards at State Conference

4/18/2013 3:51:27 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. April 18, 2013

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3 NMJC SkillsUSA Students Win 1st Place Awards at State Conference

Six New Mexico Junior College SkillsUSA chapter members attended Skills USA New Mexico State Conference in Albuquerque April 3-6, and came home with three first place awards in their various divisions.

Skills USA is a nonprofit organization of teachers, industry leaders and students who are working together to create a skilled workforce in the United States. This partnership seeks to advance high school and college students nationwide who are preparing for careers in technical and skilled service occupations, trades and health occupations.

First place winners will advance to Kansas City, Mo., in June to compete at the National Leadership and Skills Championships.

The students and their categories are:

Jarred DeLaCruz, post secondary; first place in prepared speech;

Juan-Carlos Medina, post secondary; first place in job skills demo and first place in customer service;

Alicia Munoz, secondary student in Advanced Career Technology Academy Nursing Assistant; first place in the nurse assisting contest;

Blake Neald, post secondary; second place in job interview;

Luis Villa, post secondary; fourth place in job interview.

Rebecca Tabor, who is a secondary student in ACTA Cosmetology, participated as a member of the SkillsUSA New Mexico Courtesy Corp team.

DeLaCruz was also elected as post-secondary president of the state officer team, while Medina is running for the National SkillsUSA student officer team.

“It was my pleasure to attend this conference, meet these students and watch as they competed in their events,” said August Fons, dean of the Division of Public Safety. “They presented themselves exceptionally well and represented NMJC in an exemplary manner. These students work hard all through the year developing their leadership qualities and quietly and voluntarily engaging in various service projects throughout communities across the state. They set a positive example.”

First place winners who advance to the national competition will be competing against other first place winners from across the United States, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college located in Hobbs. For more information about SkillsUSA at NMJC, contact Jill Henning, professor, Nursing Department, Certified Nursing Assistant program,, 575.492.2535.

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