Five From College Finish First at State SkillsUSA-VICA Competition

Published 04.17.2000

Student News

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology took first place in their categories at the state SkillsUSA-VICA competition, held April 12-14 in Lancaster.

The five first-place finishers will advance to the national SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. The championships will be held June 29 in Kansas City, Mo. In the 1999 championships, there were nearly 4,000 competitors in 68 events.

SkillsUSA-VICA is a national organization serving more than 240,000 high school and college students and 13,000 professional members in training programs for technical, skilled, health and service occupations.

The students finishing first for Penn College at the state competition (and the event in which they competed) are: Kristofer S. Kurzweg, Fleetwood, Automotive Service Technology; David R. Hale, Jersey Shore, Carpentry; Andrea M. High, Annville, Commercial Banking; Peter J. Hoffman, Kutztown, Precision Machining Technology; and Ryan Bingaman, McVeytown, Technical Drafting.

Finishing in second place in their events for Penn College were James White Jr., Lock Haven, Architectural Drafting; and Joshua L. Halin, Butler, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration. Finishing third in his event was Adam E. Van Steenberg, Brookville, Masonry.

Advisers for the Penn College SkillsUSA-VICA student competitors are Edward L. Roadarmel, assistant professor of drafting; and Dale Kissinger, instructor of HVAC technology.