MCC auto grad headed to Abu Dhabi to compete in WorldSkills contest

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MCC-Longview’s auto tech program got a new Corvette Stingray thanks to Jonathan Robertson’s SkillsUSA win.

Metropolitan Community College is honored to have played a part in the continuing  success of a young man who will take a winning skill set he started honing at the MCC-Longview campus to a world stage in 2017.

Jonathan Robertson, a 2016 graduate of Longview’s General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GMASEP), has been selected to represent the United States at the 2017 WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Robertson’s winning ways started in the SkillsUSA program while in his first year at MCC. He came away from the national contest in 2015 with a seventh-place finish in the automotive service technology category.

That success was a trend.  A year later, in June 2016, he was honored with a silver medal at the national competition. His prizes included a brand-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, donated to the MCC-Longview campus.

David Patience, the campus’ automotive coordinator and Robertson’s mentor throughout the competition, says he is thankful for the opportunities he has been given “to work with such amazing students in an environment and program that truly makes a difference in their lives.”

Robertson graduated from the high school automotive technology program at Fort Osage Career and Technology Center before coming to MCC-Longview. He is continuing his education at Pittsburg State University, where faculty will be helping prepare him for the WorldSkills competition.

Robertson has also accepted an internship with General Motors to be based out of its Southern California field office next summer.

About MCC-Longview’s automotive program: The automotive training programs are accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The facility is bright, spacious and well-stocked with tools, equipment and components. MCC has a fleet of more than 60 late-model cars for training purposes.

About SkillsUSA: It’s a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations and for further education. SkillsUSA was formerly known as VICA (the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America).

About WorldSkills 2017:  Young people from 76 member countries and regions will travel to Abu Dhabi to compete in approximately 50 skill competitions on October 14-19, 2017.