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Green River Students Represent State at National SkillsUSA Competition

SkillsUSA Officers
SkillsUSA National Officers elected during the 2012 National Leadership and Skills Conference, including GRCC second year automotive student, Ben Morris. (front, far left)

Three Trades students traveled to Kansas City last month to represent Green River College and Washington State at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Automotive instructor Karl Hoffman accompanied the group to the three day competition. The students qualified for the conference in April after competing in the State SkillsUSA Postsecondary Leadership and Skills competition held at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Ben Morris, a second year automotive student who came to Green River because of its SkillsUSA chapter, was elected at the conference to serve as a SkillsUSA 2012-13 national officer. Otha Francis, a second year automotive student who served as a chapter and state SkillsUSA officer, was a finalist in the Extemporaneous Speaking competition. Lynnette Temchuk, a first year Machine Technology student who also earned an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology, was a finalist in the Customer Service contest.

“Ben was elected by the other state delegates after a rigorous process to serve on the officer team,” Hoffman said. “Our Washington State SkillsUSA director Bob Monroig said about Ben’s future ‘we knew Ben when he was a student.’”

SkillsUSA is a national organization designed to prepare high school and college students for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. Students compete in trade contests to show expertise in areas such as precision machining, prepared speech, firefighting and engineering.

“I met all three students before they went, and they were all impressive with interesting backgrounds,” Josh Clearman, Dean of Professional and Technical Workforce Education, said. “All three are amazing students with a fantastic instructor.”