Alan Hoskins, Supervisor of Public Information
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Two students in the Major Appliance Technology and Refrigeration program at Kansas City Kansas Community College’s Technical Education Center have medaled in the 2012 Skills USA National Contest.
Jeremy Baker won the silver medal in the Post-Secondary completion while Jody Jones, a May graduate of F.L. Schlagle High School, took the bronze in the high school division in the national competition held at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. Jones will be enrolled in the full Major Appliance program this fall while Baker will be completing an internship at Main Appliance in Overland Park at the end of the summer semester.
“KCKCC-TEC was the only college in the entire Skills USA national conference to have medalists in both the high school and post-secondary divisions in the same contest category,” said instructor James Carmack. The contest drew 14 competitors from eight states.
Carmack said requirements were the same for both divisions and students assessed under the same criteria. However, post-secondary students were assessed separately from the high school students.
The contest consisted of a written test, resume, job interview and customer relations interview followed by hands-on diagnosis of a refrigerator, range, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave and a brazing project. All phases of the competition were administered and judged by business and industry professionals from major manufacturers, service companies and parts distributorships.