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LTC Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician student, Devon Litel, competes at the SkillsUSA 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.
Devon Litel (L) poses with LTC Auto Repair and Refinishing Technician Instructor, Jack Charles, at the SkillsUSA competition.
CLEVELAND, WI –
Lakeshore Technical College Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician student, Devon Litel, recently competed in the SkillsUSA 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Litel placed fifth overall in the Automotive Technology competition and outperformed participants from 65 other schools.
The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields.
In the Automotive Refinishing contest, contestants demonstrated their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The competition included a series of workstations to assess skills in areas like surface preparation, spray gun operation, paint mixing, using safety precautions and more. Competitors also completed an interview, a written estimate and an ASE written exam
Each year, all national-level SkillsUSA students have to earn their way to the event by winning first-place in respective categories at the state SkillsUSA competitions. Litel earned his right to compete in the championship by earning first place in Automotive Refinishing Technology in the state competition held in Madison, Wisconsin in April.
"This is truly an amazing accomplishment," said Jack Charles, LTC Auto Repair and Refinishing Technician Instructor. "We are so proud of all that Devon has accomplished both at the state competition and at the national competition."
SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level. SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.
About Lakeshore Technical College
Lakeshore Technical College is a leading provider of technical education offering more than 120 career programs including associate degrees, technical diplomas, technical certificates and apprenticeship programs. In addition, LTC offers distance learning, customized training to business and industry, and continuing education opportunities.
Serving a 200,500-resident population in east central Wisconsin, LTC operates a main campus in Cleveland and additional learning sites at LTC Manitowoc, LTC Sheboygan, LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center, and the Lakeshore Culinary Institute. The college also operates Community Education Centers at area high schools in Elkhart Lake, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Howards Grove, Kiel, Mishicot, Oostburg, Plymouth, Random Lake, Reedsville, and Two Rivers; and 27 distance learning sites. LTC's mission is to enrich lives and strengthen the economy by preparing a workforce that is skilled, diverse and flexible. On average, 87% of LTC graduates work in the LTC District which includes Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties, and parts of Calumet and Ozaukee Counties. Visit LTC at: gotoltc.edu.