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Daniel Leonard

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) came home with two gold medal finishes following the Iowa SkillsUSA 2015 competition in Ankeny on April 30-May 1, 2015.  Daniel Leonard of Clearfield, a first year electrical technology student at SWCC, finished first in the electrical construction wiring division of competition.  Asa Denton of Creston, a first year carpentry and building trades student at SWCC, finished first in the carpentry division of the contest.

The gold medal winners earned a trip to compete at the national competition, which will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference, in Louisville, KY, June 22-26, 2015.

Other SWCC competitors who placed at the state contest follow:
•    Shelby Woods, Madison, MO, first year auto collision repair/refinish student, who finished third in the automotive refinishing technology contest.
•    Jonathan Duncan, Villisca, first year electrical technology student, who finished second in the electrical construction wiring contest.
•    Dustin Wolters, Maryville, MO, first year carpentry and building trades student, who finished second in the carpentry contest.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  SkillsUSA programs help establish industry standards for job skill training in the lab and classroom, and promote community service.  SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and is also cited as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development training program" by the U.S. Department of Labor.  More than 400 students competed at the state level.  At the national contest, approximately 6,000 students from across the United States will compete in 98 separate events.

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