MCC-Longview student brings home the gold from SkillsUSA

Jordan Wortham on the far left takes gold and silver metals at the SkillsUSA regional competition.

Three Metropolitan Community College- Longview automotive students attended the SkillsUSA Missouri state conference in April, once again coming home with top honors.

The SkillsUSA Championships are a series of competitive events showcasing the finest career and technical education students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels.

MCC-Longview’s General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (GMASEP) student, Jordan Wortham, brought home the post-secondary gold medal, the silver medal in the Automotive Service Technology written contest and qualified for the national competition this June, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Automotive Program Coordinator, David Patience, remarked that it was a “pleasure” to sponsor three of his students at the competition. “The event was well attended and tough fought competitions were held for numerous career fields,” say Patience.

This year’s contest was held at State Technical College in Linn, Missouri.

30 total competitors, both secondary and post-secondary students, participated in the automotive service technology hands-on competition.

Only gold medalists in select competitions qualify for SkillsUSA nationals. Wortham will be the fourth State SkillsUSA gold medalist MCC-Longview has sent to national competition in the past five years.

Tessa Brosam, third from the left, takes silver medal.

Wortham’s fellow students brought home the following honors:

  • Tessa Brosam won silver medals in both technical spelling and mobile electronics installation.
  • Andrew Brackett placed at a solid sixth place in automotive service technology, which is both a written and hands-on competition.

GMASEP graduate, Jonathan Robertson, was also in attendance as a spectator and guest at this year’s SkillsUSA conference.

Robertson is a two-time gold medal and national silver medal winner. Robertson is currently preparing for his internship as a General Motors Field Service Engineer this summer in southern California and working to represent the United States in WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi this fall.

Robertson’s awards for his wins included a Corvette Stringray for the college.

Click here to read more about the Corvette prize in this previous story.

(Story co-written by Jocelynn Treolo)