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Winning Dallas College Students Move on to National Competition

Last updated on June 20, 2022

Dallas College students brought home the gold, silver and bronze at the 2022 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 7-9 in Houston.

We captured 22 medals in 11 technical categories. Forty-seven students from three campuses attended the competition, accompanied by 10 faculty members. Winners compete at the national conference in Atlanta June 22-25.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the state competition. I learned the necessary industry standards to succeed in my career while improving my confidence skills,” said North Lake student, Robert McKibben.

Dallas College’s SkillsUSA program is a partnership between learners, educators and industry leaders to support students interested in training programs in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

“I felt such joy celebrating with the SkillsUSA medal winners. They were confident, poised and had such a positive attitude. I wish we could expose all of Dallas College to this type of transforming experience that guarantees success in the workforce,” said Dr. Maria Boccalandro, dean of Special Academic Programs. 

Visit our website to learn more about SkillsUSA at Dallas College.


Power Equipment Technology
• Gold — Omar Vazquez, Cedar Valley Campus

Automotive Service Technology
• Gold — Christopher McCallum, Cedar Valley Campus

Motorcycle Service Technology
• Gold — Trevor Heitz, Cedar Valley Campus
• Silver — Will Meek, Cedar Valley Campus
• Bronze — Cenzo Vassalo, Cedar Valley

Extemporaneous Speaking
• Gold — Zairene Cruz, El Centro Campus
• Silver — Daniel Nellums, El Centro Campus
• Bronze — Giobanni Cervantes, Cedar Valley Campus

Culinary Arts
• Gold — Jose Corona, El Centro Campus
• Silver — Daniel Nellums, El Centro Campus
• Bronze — Latricia Martin, El Centro Campus

Commercial Banking
• Gold — Sian Thomas, El Centro Campus
• Silver — Ivette Hernandez, El Centro Campus

Restaurant Service
• Gold — Juan Rey, El Centro Campus
• Silver — Zairene Cruz, El Centro Campus
• Bronze — Lance Gerard, El Centro Campus

Job Interview
• Gold — Sian Thomas, El Centro Campus

Job Skills Demonstration Open
• Silver — Lesli Diaz Sanchez, El Centro Campus

Cabinet Making
• Silver — Anton Grindl, North Lake Campus

• Gold — Robert McKibben, North Lake Campus
• Silver — Sadat Guitierez, North Lake Campus
• Bronze — Brycen McLaurin, North Lake Campus

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