Mt. SAC Students Win 8 Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Regionals

WALNUT, Calif.––– Eight Mt. San Antonio College vocational education students recently won gold medals at the SkillsUSA regional competition held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and 11 qualified to advance to the SkillsUSA 46th Annual State Leadership Conference competition on April 4-7 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Mt. SAC’s Xiaquing Allan Wu (Walnut) won the gold medal in architectural drafting, and Cesar Bustamante (Anaheim) and Jose Gomez (Azusa) tied for first place in electronic technology. Carlos Galdamez (West Covina) won the gold medal in technical design, and Rodolfo Herrera (La Puente) won first place in technical drafting. Phillip Tran (Rosemead) won the gold medal in welding (MIG), and Bryan Ashmore (Ontario) won first place in welding shield metal arc. Alan Kang (Pasadena) won the gold medal in culinary arts, which marks the time first time students from Mt. SAC’s Hospitality Management Program have competed in the event. All eight qualify for the state competition.

Other Mt. SAC medalists at the regional competition include Brittany Johnson (La Puente) who took second place in commercial baking, Rhiannon Britney (West Covina) who took second place in technical drafting, Derek Tang (Hacienda Heights) who placed second in welding (combo), and Gregory Cote (Upland) who placed second in welding (TIG). Britney, Tang, and Cote qualify for the state competition.

First-place winners at the state competition will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference slated for June 24-28 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The SkillsUSA championships are showcases for the best career and technical students in the country. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. Last year, more than 5,700 students competed and over 1,500 judges and contest organizers participated in the national event.

SkillsUSA is a nationally affiliated vocational club representing secondary and post-secondary students in the trade, technical and health fields. The vocational education organization represents more than a quarter million students in over 13,000 chapters nationwide.


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