April 26

April 26, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



Winners from Nebraska SkillsUSA Championships announced


OMAHA, Neb. — Students from Metropolitan Community College took home medals in a variety of categories at the annual Nebraska SkillsUSA Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, April 12-14. First-place winners advance to the national championships this summer at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, a showcase of career and technical education students. 


The competition featured high school and college students from across the state. Participants worked against the clock and each other, attempting to prove their expertise in trade fields. This year’s state winners from the College are below, including dual enrollment students.


Audio/Radio Production

Pat Caveye, Waterloo, Nebraska, silver medal; Alexandra Keen, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal


Automotive Refinishing

Jaylen Fairchild, Omaha, Nebraska, bronze medal; Brian Hedglin, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal



Bret Gleason, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal


Collision Repair

Paul Baltes, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal; Jacob Kaczmarek, silver medal; Cheyenne Purchase, gold medal; Kyle Ray, gold medal; Julio Roman, Bellevue, Nebraska, bronze medal


Criminal Justice

Jeremiah Gage, Bellevue, Nebraska, gold medal


Diesel Equipment Technology

Nick Haynes, Omaha, Nebraska, gold medal; Michael Leonard, bronze medal


Digital Cinema Production

Nathan Blizzard, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, silver medal; David Festner, Omaha, Nebraska, bronze medal; Jen Harris, gold medal; Jacob Leach, bronze medal; Nick Madison, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal; Kara Schmoeller, Bellevue, Nebraska, gold medal


Electrical Construction Wiring

Jacob Riha, Bellevue, Nebraska, gold medal


Fire Fighting

Colton Mallory, Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, bronze medal



Nikolay Dimitrov, bronze medal; Tyler Kudlacek, Gretna, Nebraska, gold medal



Joey Nyffeler, Gretna, Nebraska, gold medal; Bobby Simon, gold medal


Motorcycle Service

Dan Andersen, silver medal



Erin Colson, Lincoln, Nebraska, gold medal; Marc Emanuel, Omaha, Nebraska, bronze medal; Stacey Kleffman, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal



Chandler Cannon, Gretna, Nebraska, gold medal; Joshua Fowler, Omaha, Nebraska, gold medal; Christian Weeks, Papillion, Nebraska, silver medal


Precision Machining

Max Goldberg, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal


TV Production

Jamison Denton-Carter, Omaha, Nebraska, gold medal; Cris Robinson, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal; Ulysses Orozco, Omaha, Nebraska, gold medal; Carlos Antonio Villegas, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal



Leah Reichwaldt, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, gold medal; Mitchell Pavel, Bellevue, Nebraska, gold medal


Welding Fabrication

Nora Cobb, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal; Kelsey Hutchinson, Omaha, Nebraska, silver medal; Andy Lempke, Elkhorn, Nebraska, gold medal; Daniel Levy, Omaha, Nebraska, gold medal; Austin Points, Papillion, Nebraska, gold medal




Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.