Dual-enrollment students excel in marine trades
|Two Middlesex students, Walter Gresham (left) and John Eanes (right), who have been studying Marine Trades Technology at RCC’s Glenns Campus through dual enrollment agreements with their high school, recently won gold medals in a statewide Marine Services Technology competition sponsored by SkillsUSA.|
Several local high school students, dually enrolled in the Rappahannock Community College Marine Trades Program, recently brought home a bronze, a silver, and two gold medals from a state competition sponsored by “SkillsUSA.” This nonprofit organization is a partnership, planning together to ensure a skilled workforce for the nation, that consists of teachers, industry representatives, and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.
Members of RCC instructor Mark Drexler’s Glenns and Warsaw Campus marine trades classes entered SkillsUSA’s Marine Service Technology Contest, which included hands-on skill stations and a written examination. The tests judged the contestants on safe work practices, cleanliness, organizational skills, accuracy, speed, and completion of assigned tasks, worksheets and paperwork.
Winning gold medals in the contest were John Eanes and Walter Gresham, both of Middlesex County; Chris Kuykendall of Northumberland County, a silver medal; and Frank Lee of Essex County, a bronze medal. These standings make Eanes, Gresham and Kuykendall eligible for the 46th annual National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City. Eanes and Kuykendall will attend the competition with Drexler during the week of June 20-25. The winners among the more than 5,000 contestants in this event, competing in 96 different trade, technical and leadership fields, will go on to a similar contest at the international level.