SANTA FE, N.M. — Six students from Central New Mexico Community College returned to Albuquerque last month with bronze and silver medals and thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes from a national competition for career technical education students in Louisville, Ky.
Six thousand high school and college competitors, including 18 CNM students, as well as 15,000 spectators attended the 2015 National SkillsUSA Championships from June 22 to 28.
The event featured more than 100 competitions to test students’ skills in a variety of fields, including humanoid robotics, culinary arts and crime scene investigation. CNM students earned silver and bronze medals in the fields of industrial motor control, sheet metal, welding sculpture and welding fabrication.
CNM students who won silver medals at the national championships were Matt Martinez in industrial motor control and Adam Apodaca in the sheet metal competition. Chris Wood won a bronze medal in welding sculpture. A team of three CNM students — including Joshua Lucero, Brandon Woods and Kayle Miller — took the bronze medal in welding fabrication.