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CCTEC Student Strikes National Gold at SkillsUSA

2017 National SkillsUSA Gold Winner, Jon Watson (3rd from the left) at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Source: NJ.com

Jon Watson, a shared-time student at CCTEC, brought home the National SkillsUSA Gold Medal for Welding Art/Sculpture. The competition took place in Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center June 19-23. SkillsUSA is a national organization with over 340,000 members and is a showcase for the nation’s top career and technical education students in nearly 50 categories including Broadcast News Production, Engineering Technology/Design, Medical Math, Robotics & Automatic Technology, and Welding Art/Sculpture.

Under the skilled eye of TEC Welding Instructor Doug Bonner, Jon spent over 150 hours creating and refining his sculpture “The Blacksmith.” Prior to earning a trip to the national conference where he competed against 41 other contestants, he qualified by winning first place at the New Jersey Leadership and Skills Conference Championships earlier this year.

According to Bonner, “Jon is the perfect example of the talent that SkillsUSA showcases, he is dedicated to his newly learned trade, and we are proud of what he has accomplished here at CCTEC.” Jon returned home with a full scholarship to Lincoln Technical University and an additional $10,000 scholarship to Ohio Technical College.

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