March 30

March 30, 2018





Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager



SkillsUSA Nebraska Championships welcome MCC students April 12-14


OMAHA, Neb. — More than 80 Metropolitan Community College students will participate in the SkillsUSA Nebraska Championships in Grand Island, Nebraska, April 12-14. The competition challenges students in various trade industries, with winners advancing to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer. The competition is free and open to the public. 


Students will work against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in fields like automotive, construction, electrical, firefighting, plumbing, photography and more. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies are set by national industry standards. Top students will advanced to the national competition in addition to receiving scholarships and prizes from community colleges, businesses and industry partners. 


“SkillsUSA is a wonderful way for MCC students to showcase their talents on a larger stage,” said Zach Pechacek, MCC electrical instructor and SkillsUSA coordinator. “Students take great pride in representing their College and the competition provides them an opportunity to work under pressure and hone their skills.”


The following students will compete:


Automotive Service Technology

Jacob Balkovec, Omaha, Neb.; Taran Culton, Omaha, Neb.; Cecil Haley, Omaha, Neb.; Jalen Hill, Papillion, Neb.; and Dante Jones, Omaha, Neb. 


Automotive Refinish

Logan Kurt Andersen, Omaha, Neb.; Taylor Bozarth; Pat Caveye, Waterloo, Neb.; Preston Dumas, Omaha, Neb.; Joe Essien, Omaha, Neb.; Jaylen Fairchild, Omaha, Neb.; Ellie Furchert, Omaha, Neb.; Brian Hedglin, Omaha, Neb.; Jacob Riley, Omaha, Neb.; Kossi Soncy, La Vista, Neb.; and Lisa Washington, Omaha, Neb. 


Cabinet & Carpentry – Criminal Justice

Jeremiah Cage; Isrreal Escobar-Hellbosh; Zach Evanoff, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Bret Gleason, Omaha, Neb.; Qinnton May; Stephen Ortlieb, Gretna, Neb.; Tyler Shelton, Omaha, Neb.; and Don Stalker, Omaha, Neb. 


Collision Repair

Paul Baltes, Omaha, Neb.; Matt Dyas, Gretna, Neb.; Jacob Kaczmarek; Cheyenne Purchase; Kyle Ray; and Julio Roman, Bellevue, Neb. 


Diesel Technology

Zach Ernst, Omaha, Neb.; Nick Haynes, Omaha. Neb.; Michael Leonard; James Manon; Brandon Slolum; and Camron Spicka, Bennington, Neb.



Dan Andersen; James Forbes, Bellevue, Neb.; Jacob WM Riha, Bellevue, Neb.; Travis Schneider, Papillion, Neb.


Fire Fighting

Brennon Battreall, Bellevue, Neb.; Liam Fitzler, Bellevue, Neb.; Colton Mallory, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Jace Neuhofel, Omaha, Neb.; Hunter Welchert, Gretna, Neb.; and Jackson VanVoorhis, Bellevue, Neb. 



Chandler Cannon, Gretna, Neb. and Tyler Kudlacek, Gretna, Neb. 



Joey Nyffeler, Columbus, Neb. and Robert Simon.



Erin Colson, Lincoln, Neb.; Marc Emanuel, Omaha, Neb.; Annette Guy, Omaha, Neb.; Marcy Habegger, Omaha, Neb.; Mack Juarez-Ferris, Omaha, Neb.; and Stacey Kleffman, Omaha, Neb.



Chase Davis, Omaha, Neb.; Nikolay Dimitov; Joshua Fowler, Omaha, Neb.; Patrick Leddy; and Christian Weeks, Papillion, Neb. 


Precision Machining Technology

Charles Ferris, Omaha, Neb.; Max Goldberg, Omaha, Neb.; Anthony Kluson; and Nolan Reynolds.


Television & Radio/Audio

Nathan Blizzard, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Jamison Denton-Carter, Omaha, Neb.; David Festner, Omaha, Neb.; Jean Harris; Tami Hazen, Ashland, Neb.; Alexandria Keen, Omaha, Neb.; Jacob Leach, Omaha, Neb.; Nick Madison, Omaha, Neb.; Sidney E. Morgan, Omaha, Neb.; Ulises Orozco, Omaha, Neb.; Cris Robinson Jr, Omaha, Neb.; Kara Schmoeller, Gretna, Neb.; and Carlos Adouai Antouio Villegas, Omaha, Neb. 



Ryan Altwood; Kevin Bang; Tyler Beatty; Alan Chavez, La Vista, Neb.; Heath Cloyd Jr, Omaha, Neb.; Nora Cobb, Omaha, Neb.; Ian Custer, Omaha, Neb.; Kelsey Hutchinson, Omaha, Neb.; Garrett Kirwan, Springfield, Neb.; Andrew Lempke, Elkhorn, Neb.; Patrick Leonhardt; Daniel Levy, Omaha, Neb.; Zachary Louderback, Omaha, Neb.; Abby Lyons, Papillion, Neb.; Skyler Lyons, Papillion, Neb.; Alex Matzke, Omaha, Neb.; Luke McCoy; Tyler M. Morgan, Gretna, Neb.; Mitchell Pavel, Bellevue, Neb.; Austin Points, Papillion, Neb.; Leah Reichwaldt, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Jordan Thompson; and Daniel Will.

SkillsUSA serves middle school, high school and college students in programs preparing them for technical, skilled and service careers. In addition to technical skills training, SkillsUSA provides educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. More than 300,000 students and advisers join SkillsUSA annually. For more information, visit




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.