Western Tech Students Win State Competitions and Prepare to Compete at National Level


Freddy Payen & Adam Scott Butler
Juan F. Rivas    &     Oscar D. Briceno

 April 11, 2014- El Paso, Texas- Western Technical College is proud to announce that four of their students recently won first place- gold medals, at the SkillsUSA Texas state competition which was held in San Antonio, Texas, March 19th- 21st. The students competed in three different categories where they all won first place-gold medals qualifying them to compete at the national level in Kansas City, Missouri this June: In Industrial Motor Control, Juan F. Rivas; in Robotics and Automation Technology, Freddy Payen & Adam Scott Butler; and, in Sheet Metal Oscar D. Briceño Jr. This is the second year competing for Mr. Briceño, as he went on to win the Gold Medal for the same competition at the National level, in 2013. Last year over 50,000 students competed at the National level in over 90 categories.  This year Western Tech will proudly send these four individuals to compete representing their college and state at the national level.   


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Currently, the organization has 13,000 school chapters and serves more than 300,000 students and instructors.

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