Three students enrolled in Catawba Valley Community College’s Automotive Systems Technology program took top honors at the 2015 North Carolina SkillsUSA Competition held in Greensboro this spring.
Philip Johnson of Lincolnton won first place, Javier Carrillo of Newton won second, and Ben Ou of Taylorsville finished fifth.
SkillsUSA promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service. Students can display their talents in their area of study in a competitive environment while building self-confidence and genuine skills for the workplace. CVCC SkillsUSA has become an integral part of college life with over 100 student members from across campus competing in 22 competitions.
“These three students are great examples for all of our students to follow,” said Shawn Mull, CVCC’s Automotive Service Technology Program Director. “They are balancing school, work, community service and family, which is very demanding. We are proud of their accomplishments in and out of the classroom.”
Johnson is a Marine who served a tour of duty in Afghanistan and works three jobs while attending CVCC.
Carrillo works at Clark Tire.
Ou works part time, is vice president of the CVCC Student Government Association and is an officer in the SkillsUSA chapter.
CVCC’s SkillsUSA Program is funded through the generosity of the CVCC Foundation.For more information about CVCC’s SkillsUSA team, contact Gary Muller at 828-327-7000, ext. 4672, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.