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State Tech students win at national SkillsUSA championship

State Technical College of Missouri students, Chris Hillen and Seth Strope were medalist at the 47th Annual National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held June 18-24 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hillen, Linn, Missouri, brought home a silver medal in Internetworking.  Hillen is a recent graduated of the Networking Systems Technology, Telecommunications Option.

“Chris was very confident in his work that he completed for his contest,” said Aaron Kliethermes, SkillsUSA Student Chapter Advisor.  “He was very excited when his name was announced as the silver medalist winner in the post-secondary division.”

Strope, Linn, Missouri, brought home a bronze medal in Related Technical Math.  Strope is enrolled as a second year student in the Nuclear Technology program.

Hillen and Strope, along with 19 of their fellow State Tech classmates, competed in the championships.  More than 12,500 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participated in the week-long event.

“I’m very proud of all of our State Tech competitors,” commented Kliethermes.  “They showed great pride in their education at State Tech and worked really hard to become National SkillsUSA participants.”

During the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, industry leaders representing over a thousand businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized students from all around the country for their demonstrated excellence in more than 90 hands-on occupational and leadership contests.

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  STC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.    

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