Aviation students qualify for national SkillsUSA competition

Published 02.02.2022

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First-place finisher Curtiss R. Gay (right) and second-place winner Sam Cole will represent Penn College in national SkillsUSA competition in June. They are pictured holding Fluke multimeters, donated by New World Aviation in Allentown and altogether valued at about $1,000.Two Penn College students qualified for this summer's SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference during a faculty-judged competition at the Lumley Aviation Center in Montoursville. Curtiss R. Gay, pursuing a certificate in aviation maintenance technician, placed first, and Sam Cole, enrolled in the two-year aviation technology major, finished second. There is no aviation category at the state level in Pennsylvania, so Gay, of Tunkhannock, and Cole, of Peckville, advance to SkillsUSA nationals on the basis of their local performance. They will be joined in Atlanta from June 20-24 by other winners of the state competition, scheduled to be held April 6-8 at Hershey. SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry founded in 1965 to strengthen the nation’s skilled workforce; Penn College students in a variety of academic areas have historically done well in state and national contests.
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