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UA Rich Mountain Machine Tool Continues Winning Streak at SkillsUSA

(MENA]  The Machine Tool program from the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain claimed yet its fourth victory in a row this week during SkillsUSA competitions held in Hot Springs. Six out of the twelve students from UA Rich Mountain’s Machine Tool program competed this year.

Winners for the collegiate program are:

Kim Wise – Gold CNC Turning

Bailey Turner  – Silver CNC Milling

Dylan Davis – Bronze CNC Milling.

Kim Wise is the first female in the state of Arkansas to ever win gold at the state competition in CNC turning.

From the High School Career Center program, the winners are:

Jaren Dillard – Gold CNC Milling

Joseph Looney – Bronze CNC Milling

Josh McCoy – Silver CNC Turning

These students have earned the opportunity to compete against 6,000 other students in the SkillsUSA Championships held each June. These national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers.

UA Rich Mountain’s Machine Tool program is no stranger to taking top awards at SkillsUSA, finishing in the top ten in the Nation for the past three years and earned third in 2018 in CNC milling.  UA Rich Mountain continues to be the only school in Arkansas to have a person medal in the National competition – Tyler Young earned that honor in 2018 bringing home the bronze from Nationals.

SkillsUSA offers local, state and national opportunities for students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills. These three components comprise the Skills USA framework, a blueprint for career readiness. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employer-driven youth

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