Alfred State College Hosts New York State Postsecondary SkillsUSA Competition

Alfred State College held its 10th annual New York State postsecondary SkillsUSA competition on March 29, 2008. Sixty-four students from Alfred State College, SUNY Delhi, and the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park) competed in 12 vocational and leadership skill areas. Categories of competition were automotive service, cnc milling, carpentry, collision repair technology, commercial baking, culinary, diesel technology, masonry, precision machining, residential wiring, technical drafting, and welding.

The following are the winners of these competitions; they will go on to compete at the Nationals in Kansas City in June 2008:

Category: First place finishes:
Automotive Trades Franklin Van Horn, Cato, Alfred State College
Collision Repair Technology Zachary Sive, Wellsville, Alfred State College
Welding Justin Crosby, Lyndonville, Alfred State College
Carpentry Matthew Kugler, North Tonawanda, Alfred State College
Masonry Steven Keefer, Sayre, PA, Alfred State College
Culinary Amos Bigler, Columbia Station, OH, Culinary Institute of America
(Bruce Mattel, Associate Professor)
Commercial Baking Christopher Teixeira, Fall River, MA, Culinary Institute of America
(Bruce Mattel, Associate Professor)
Technical Drafting Brent Naegele, Geneva, Alfred State College
Precision Machining Ryan Machus, Java Center, Alfred State College
CNC Milling Zachary Darrow, Warrensburg, Alfred State College
Diesel Technology Andrew Kasprzak, East Otto, Alfred State College
Residential Wiring Michael Naccarato, Kingston, SUNY Delhi
(James Ellis, Instructor)

"This is only the 10th year of the New York State competition. At the Nationals competition, we continue to show well and have students from Alfred State College who have received medals for being in the top three in the nation for five of the 10 years we have competed. Every year over 50 percent of our students place in the top 10 in the Nation. This is remarkable since we only send four to 10 competitors each year," noted Craig R. Clark, dean, ASC School of Applied Technology and director of the NYS Postsecondary SkillsUSA.

Clark adds, "The success of our students at this national event is an indication of how strong our programs are and shows off the talents of our students."

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 16 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations. Academic programs, residential facilities, and co-curricular activities are provided to meet the educational, cultural, social, and recreational needs of students.

SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations and students in public high schools, vocational centers, and colleges. The mission of SkillsUSA is to help students become world-class workers and responsible American citizens. They serve over 280,000 students nationwide.

If there is interest in starting other NYS college and postsecondary chapters at other colleges, please contact Craig R. Clark, NYS College and Postsecondary SkillsUSA Director at (607) 587-3102.

Program information regarding technical areas of education should be directed to 1-800-4-ALFRED.