LCCC students compete at SkillsUSA national conference

This summer, three students from LCCC’s auto body and automotive technology programs traveled to Kansas City to compete and represent LCCC and the state of Wyoming in the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. The competitions were a combination of written tests, hands-on skill demonstration, estimating, customer service, and job interview skills. These three competitors won their state contest area in order to attend the national event.

Tessa Brammer placed eighth in the country in the Collision Repair Technology contest. Grady Mikesell competed in the Automotive Technology contest and Marco Salinas competed in the Automotive Refinishing Technology contest. 

In other honors, Salinas won national tool and training grants organized by the Collision Education Foundation. Salinas won the 3M Corporation “Hire Our Heroes” Tool grant which consisted of $2,500 worth of 3M and Mac Tools. 

Brammer won multiple tool grants and a training grant. She won the ABRA Auto Body Tool Grant ($2,000 worth of Mac tools), the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Grant ($1,500 worth of air tools), and the Sherwin-Williams Tool Grant (Devilbiss spray guns). Brammer also won the ALCOA Aluminum Training Grant, which provides funding for her and her instructor to travel to the I-CAR National Training Center in Wisconsin for two days of intensive aluminum training and automotive aluminum welding certification.