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SCC Engineering Students Place in National Competition

PHA Home Care(July 10, 2014) The Stanly Community College (SCC) delegation is back from the National SkillsUSA Championships that took place in Kansas City, Missouri, from June 24-26. SCC students represented the College and North Carolina in exemplary fashion as they each competed in rigorous three day-long competitive events. More than 15,000 students, teachers and business partners participated in this year’s event that was held at the Kansas City Convention Center. The contest floor area was larger than six football fields.

James Carelock, an SCC Electronics Engineering Technology graduate, placed 4th in the nation in Electronics Technology, a contest consisting of 5 parts: soldering, breadboarding, troubleshooting, customer service, and two certification exams—the Associate Certified Electronics Technician exam from the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Customer Service exam offered by the Electronics Technicians Association International.

Julian Lentz, SCC Computer Engineering Technology student, placed 7th in Internetworking, a contest consisting of three main areas—networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations.

The SkillsUSA Championships are considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industrial support of donated time, equipment, cash and materials. The Internetworking contest is sponsored by Cisco Systems’ local SLED Heartland office and the Cisco Networking Academy. Judging and arranging this massive event took five Cisco engineers, six Cisco networking Academy Instructors from around the United States, three ex-SkillsUSA competitors, two retired instructors and one Cisco Academy EPIC team member.

Stanly Community College faculty, Kelly Caudle, who is also a Cisco Academy Support Center/Instructor Training Center Lead Contact, along with Brian Crump, Cisco Academy Support Center Advisor, configured the acquired Cisco USC, and NDG donated the NetLab appliance for the event. Dan Parmer, SCC Electronics Engineering Program Head, is currently a national judge for the Telecommunications Cabling contest and has been for over 10 years.

A highlight of the awards ceremony was a return by last year’s key-note speaker, Mike Rowe (TV’s Dirty Jobs) who briefly reiterated his campaign in support of practical training for jobs that actually exist. He is working on a feature segment on SkillsUSA that will air on CNN.

Skills USA

SCC Electronics Engineering graduate James Carelock (left) placed 4th in the nation in Electronics Technology, a contest consisting of two certification tests and three hands-on assignments. SCC Computer Engineering student Julian Lentz (right) placed 7th in Internetworking, a contest consisting of three main parts—networking design, general networking knowledge and hands-on evaluations (right).