We Got Skills

Students compete in the Architectural Board Drafting contest.
Students compete in the Architectural Board Drafting contest.

SPRING 2017: More than 16,000 people are expected to participate in the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 19-23, 2017. This number includes nine student competitors from Sullivan Tech. NLSC is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry professionals working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce in the future. In the last issue of TechniTalk: The Magazine, you read about Jennifer Pantoja’s experience at last year’s National Conference, and you may have seen Brandon LaDuke’s article on the Sullivan Tech Student Ambassador’s Blog.

So, what is the big deal about SkillsUSA anyway? Why in the world do students volunteer to do extra work?

If someone said they would give you $6,000 to spend a few hours doing something you enjoyed—would you do it?

Of course, you would!

Since Sullivan Tech sponsors the Regional and Kentucky State Skills USA competitions, winning student competitors may earn up to $6,000 in Sullivan Tech scholarships. Competitors at the National level compete for a huge prize package that includes $20,000 scholarships at partnering colleges and universities. Not having to pay back thousands of dollars in student loan debt is more than worth a few hours in a competition that may also propel you into your dream career!

Richard Blanos competed in the Technical and Leadership competitions to see how his skill level compares to others in the same field as him. This will be Richard’s second year competing at the National Conference.

It’s too late to participate this year, but you can join in the fun by cheering on your esteemed classmates at NLSC in June. Wanna show off your “skills” in next year’s competitions? See Tiffany Zink to enroll.


KY State SkillsUSA Competition Results

Brandon LaDuke and Brandie Torres celebrate a gold win in the State competition.
Brandon LaDuke and Brandie Torres celebrate a gold win in the State competition.

Good luck to the students representing Sullivan Tech at SkillsUSA NLSC:

Jennifer Pantoja / Brandie Farkas
Gold, 3D Animation & Visualization

Brandon LaDuke / Brandie Torres
Gold, Web Design

Richard Chapman
Gold, Computer Programming

Johnathan Craig
Silver, Computer Programming

Gabriel Farley
Gold, IT Services

Cartier Gates
Silver, Advertising Design

Josue Padilla-Archilla
Bronze, Advertising Design



On June 20, 2017 Haas Machines and Sullivan College of Technology & Design will host a live machine demonstration in conjunction with the SkillsUSA National Competition. This exciting and FREE demonstration will take place during our school Open House from 10am-2pm. We’ll offer free transportation to-and-from the SkillsUSA event. Stay tuned to sullivantechnology.com for additional details!


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