College earns top spots at state-wide welding competition

Anoka Technical College Welding students took top spots in the Minnesota SkillsUSA contest held at various locations around the state.

Congratulations to the following Anoka Technical College students:

  • Welding student, David Vlasyuk who received 1st place in the individual contest. This rigorous six-hour competition required students to perform six timed skills tests and two knowledge based tests. Vlasyuk will now move on to represent Minnesota at the National competition this June in Louisville, Ky.
  • PSEO Welding student Shea Abler received 2nd place in the individual high school division.
  • First-year Welding students Gage Gordon, Ivan Holmquist and Anthony Gunter received 3rd place in the team competition. In this rigorous competition, teams were given a list of materials and blueprints and six hours to complete the product.

SkillsUSA Minnesota is part of a national organization that serves more than 250,000 student members annually, organized into more than 14,700 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations. The Minnesota association has offered leadership opportunities to more than 200,000 student members since 1967, and boasts a current annual membership of more than 3,000.

The Minnesota SkillsUSA award is Vlasyuk’s third recent recognition. In November 2014, he was one of five Anoka Technical College students selected to attend FABTECH’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was one of three winners. In February 2015, Vlasyuk took 1st Place in Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) in the regional Behind the Mask welding contest

Anoka Tech’s Advanced Welding certificate program boosts a 100% placement rate.

For more information about the high-quality programs at Anoka Technical College, visit www.AnokaTech.edu.

 

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Anoka Technical College Welding students took top spots in the recent Minnesota SkillsUSA contest held at various locations around the state: (from left) Shea Abler (2nd place in individual high school division); Anthony Gunter, Ivan Holmquist and Gage Gordon (3rd place in team competition); and David Vlasyuk (1st place in individual contest).

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