Auto Collision/Refinishing students from the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC) tested their skills against their peers at the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference April 11–13, 2014, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Winners from both classes earned over $66,000 in scholarships and prizes.
MACTC Auto Collision/Refinishing students Dillan Graber (Montague), Debra Williams (Reeths-Puffer), and Nathan Smith (Whitehall) competed in the Automotive Refinishing competition. Graber earned a silver medal and received an $8,000 scholarship to Lincoln Technical Institute, $7,500 scholarship to Ohio Technical College, a spray gun and a set of Snap-on screwdrivers. Johnathan Andree (Reeths-Puffer), Jack Eddington (Reeths-Puffer), and Nathan Blessman (Whitehall) competed in the Collision Repair category. Eddington earned a bronze medal and a $6,000 scholarship to Lincoln Technical Institute, a $5,000 scholarship to Ohio Technical College, and a Snap-on plyer set. Former MACTC Machining/Engineering Tech student Andy Doane (Fruitport) also competed. He earned a bronze medal for machining.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.