It was the welding team from NTC Afton that placed highest among the Northeast Tech delegation. Teammates Armando Montor, Spencer Cook and Brandon Mitchell earned a second place finish in the Welding Fabrication contest.

PRYOR – Twenty-three students from Northeast Tech joined more than 6,000 of their peers at the recent SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Ky. Representing each of Northeast Tech’s four campuses – Afton, Claremore, Kansas and Pryor – these students also represented the state of Oklahoma as they vied for the title of National Champion in their respective competitions.

“SkillsUSA is a massive competition with thousands of participants from across the U.S., and a few visiting guests from other countries,” said Northeast Tech Superintendent Fred Probis. “I was pleased to see several of our students qualify for the competition, and I am very proud of the way they represented our district and our state.”

The SkillsUSA National Championships is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at more than $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and materials. All contests are run by and judged by industry experts using industry standards for employment. More than 1,000 industry judges participated in this year’s SkillsUSA Nationals.

It was the welding team from NTC Afton that placed highest among the Northeast Tech delegation. Teammates Armando Montor, Spencer Cook and Brandon Mitchell earned a second place finish in the Welding Fabrication contest – a grueling six-hour event in which the welders transformed a pile of sheet metal into a welding/cutting table.

“Second place in the nation – that’s something to be proud of,” said Northeast Tech welding instructor Corey Winesburg. “These guys worked incredibly hard preparing for this competition, and they have very bright futures ahead of them.”

Under Winesburg’s leadership, this is the third consecutive year that one of Northeast Tech’s welding teams has earned a place on the winners’ podium at SkillUSA Nationals. A fourth Afton welder, Gabe Mustain, placed ninth in Welding Sculpture.

Also finishing within the top ten in their categories were two Robotics and Automation Technology teams: Duwayne Lee and Nathaniel Moore from the Northeast Tech Pryor Campus who placed ninth, and Sam Hoover and Trey Hoskins from Northeast Tech Afton Campus who placed fifth.

In all, Oklahoma students earned a total of 68 medals, setting a new state record and earning more than any other state. All of the medalists received prizes for their accomplishment, and the items in their prize packs ranged from scholarships and gift certificates to tools they will use in their chosen trade.

“When it comes to CareerTech training, Oklahoma has one of the best systems in the nation,” said Probis. “Students leave us with education, skills and experiences that have prepared them for entering the workforce, which is exactly the type of individual employers are seeking to hire.”