Category: Highlights

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14. For some years now, he has been working on semi-trucks and more recently moved into heavy-vehicle maintenance. Read the full story on Transport Topics News.

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WorldSkills USA Team Trains at 3M

On March 11-12, the WorldSkills USA team members and their experts, traveled to St. Paul, Minn., for two days of training at 3M’s headquarters. The first day was spent in team building activities, scenario training and learning what to expect in Kazan, Russia. The next day, competitors enjoyed mentor discussions, information sessions and toured the…
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From terra firma to outer space, NNU student solves problems

Benjamin Campbell seems pretty good at designing things. It’s something he’s done all his life, he said. When the 20-year-old engineering student was little, he’d make things with Legos — coin sorters, pinball machines, combination locks. In high school, Campbell took an aerospace engineering class and invented “a small little tool that you could attach…
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NNU engineering student helps make NASA history

NAMPA, Idaho — To a promising engineering student, some might say, “the sky’s the limit,” but for 19-year-old Northwest Nazarene student, Benjamin Campbell, the sky isn’t high enough! “We’re gonna launch those up on a rocket to the International Space Station,” said Campbell, a sophomore engineering student. Read the full story on

Readying for WorldSkills Cabinet Competition: Like Olympic Training

MADISON, Wis. –  Training for WorldSkills is like training for the Olympics. A lot of countries take it very seriously, with competitors training full time for up to two years before the event. The U.S. recently decided to up their game as they prepare to send a contingent of skilled craftspersons to the world competition in…
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Graphics Student Heads to World Competition

Brittany Whitestone, a two-time SkillsUSA champion, will compete in August in the print media technology category. Brittany Whitestone is a junior at Cal U studying graphics and multimedia. Read the full story at

Monty Tech Grad to Hit Russia for WorldSkills

There are many incredibly talented auto body students in the Commonwealth, but few have the determination and desire necessary to earn them a trip to Kazan, Russia. Read the full story at

Four Automotive Students Headed to Russia for WorldSkills Competition

SkillsUSA announced that 20 young competitors, including four automotive students, will represent the U.S. at WorldSkills, the largest international showcase of the skilled trades. The competition will be held in Kazan, Russia, during the Global Trade Skills Competition Aug. 22-27, 2019. Every two years, competitors from 76 countries and regions around the world compete in…
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Q&A With Brittany Whitestone, Two-Time SkillsUSA National Champion

If you would have asked Brittany Whitestone, a junior at the California University of Pennsylvania, if she knew she was going to win the 2016 and 2017 SkillsUSA national competition, she would have said no. To her surprise, she did and now she’s preparing to compete at the WorldSkills Competition this August in Russia. We…
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Employers, Work Force Agency Talk About Needs

LOCK HAVEN — Registered nurses and nursing assistants. Truck drivers. Maintenance and repair technicians. Electronic technicians or “mechatronics.” Construction workers. Read the full story on