SWCC student places in national competition
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28 in Kansas City, Mo.
The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation. Hogue qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition April 25 at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2013 competition in Ankeny.
At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 contestants competed in 98 events. During the collision repair technology contest, Hogue was asked to demonstrate his ability to perform jobs and skills based on a task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition included a series of workstations to assess skills in metal straightening, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis; a personal interview and written test.
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