Sixteen CNM Students Competing in National SkillsUSA Championships This Week

June 19, 2017 -- Sixteen CNM students are in Louisville, Ky., this week competing in the National SkillsUSA Championships. They all won gold medals in their competitions during the New Mexico SkillsUSA competition that was held in April at the college.
June 19, 2017

Opening ceremonies were Tuesday, June 20, with actual competitions on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

The SkillsUSA championships are competitive events showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. This year’s national theme is” SkillsUSA: Champions at Work! Preparing America’s Skilled Workforce.”

The National SkillsUSA competition is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to 16 football fields. More than 6,000 contestants compete in 100 separate events.

Students put their skills to the test in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts. Contests are run with the help of nearly 1,500 judges and contest organizers from industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by industry.

The philosophy of the championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

CNM students competing in Louisville this week are:

  • Jesse Beach, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technician
  • Patrick Benavidez, Welding Fabrication
  • Eduardo Diaz, Electrical Construction Wiring
  • Christopher Gill, Sheet Metal
  • Jesse Hesch, CNC Milling Specialist
  • Brandon Manning, CNC Turning Specialist
  • Bryan Martin-Figueroa, Carpentry
  • Christian May, Industrial Motor Control
  • Ethan Medlin, Diesel Equipment Technology
  • Nathan Mendoza, Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Jack Mossman, Architectural Drafting
  • Ryan Olivas, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Joseph Rivera, Welding Fabrication
  • Richard Stidham, Major Appliance & Refrigeration Technology
  • Grayson Tagg, Welding Fabrication
  • Stephen Wiest, Welding