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  • Locklin Technical College Wins at State Competition

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    April 28, 2022
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    Locklin Technical College Wins at State Competition 
    SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FL –Students from Locklin Technical College brought home 8 medals from the 2022 Florida SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held in Jacksonville, Florida from April 19-21. The annual SkillsUSA Florida conference was a showcase of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students in our state where over 1,500 outstanding students competed in over 100 different trade, technical and leadership events.
    Advancing past regionals and attending from Locklin Technical College in the state contests included: Chase Barcus, Logan Bissonnette, Connor Boswell, Camden Friend, Paul Gilmore, Michael Guevara, Jack Hartley, Ryan Kalenda, Collin Kuhn, Aiden Land, Brooklyn Luedtke, Dakota Mack, Landon Neel, Austin Porter, Lane Prindle, Zachary Taylor, Stephen Walker and Marcus Weekes. Students were accompanied by their instructors Mr. Michael Castleberry, Mr. Erich Kirchharr, Ms. Ashley Lay, Mr. Jonathan McCullough, Mr. Tyler Sahlin and Mr. Gregory Smith.
    During the state SkillsUSA competition, students competed against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in their chosen career pathway. All contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, testing competencies set by industry. Top student winners received gold, silver, or bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade. The annual championships event is for both high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
    State first-place (gold medal) winners are eligible to compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships, which will be held in Atlanta in June. Congratulations to the following Locklin Technical College students on their achievements at the state level:
    2022 SkillsUSA Florida Gold Medals
    ·      Electrical Construction Wiring, College Division: Logan Bissonnette
    ·      Information Technology Services, College Division: Stephen Walker
    ·      Welding Fabrication, High School Team Division: Jack Hartley,
         Dakota Mack, Landon Neel
    2022 SkillsUSA Florida Silver Medals
    ·      Automotive Service Technology, High School Division: Collin Kuhn
    ·      Electrical Construction Wiring, College Division: Marcus Weekes
    ·      Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, High School
         Division: Lane Prindle
    About SkillsUSA
    SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the skills gap in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. They have served 13.9 million members since 1965. For more information: www.skillsusa.org. 
    If you would like more information about this story, please contact Ashley Lay at laya@santarosa.k12.fl.us
    Media contact:
    Liz West, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    weste@santarosa.k12.fl.us, 850-983-5150 x 1019