UAA student medals in National SkillsUSA competition

UAA student Dustin Jenne took home bronze after competing in the SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, in June. More than 6,000 high school and college students participated in this hands-on competition in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

Dustin Jenne received a bronze medal while competing at the SkillsUSA Championships
Dustin Jenne received a bronze medal in the diesel equipment technology
competition while participating in the national SkillsUSA Championships in
Kansas City, Missouri. He is in the back row, second from the right.
Photo courtesy of SkillsUSA.
Jenne, a student in the UAA Community & Technical College’s Heavy Duty Transportation & Equipment program, competed in the area of diesel equipment technology. His gold-medal win during the state competition in March led to his advancement to the national competition.

Diesel equipment technology contestants cycle through 14 stations testing and troubleshooting engines, electrical and electronics systems, and power train systems. They also demonstrate skills in hydraulic systems, vehicle inspections, fundamental failure analysis, brake systems and air-conditioning systems. Contestants must also perform a job interview and complete a written test.

The contests are planned by technical committees made up of representatives of labor and management and are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures, areas of great concern to labor and management alike, are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant’s score.

SkillsUSA is the national organization for students in trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It sponsors the SkillsUSA Championships annually to recognize the achievements of career and technical education students and to encourage them to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.

Learn more about SkillsUSA at

Story by Kirstin Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, UAA Community & Technical College

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