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Students Place in Statewide Trades Competition

All four students from Southwest Virginia Community College competing at the SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference April 21st-23rd, 2023 in Virginia Beach, VA returned home with awards.

From the Precision Machining program, John Smith Jr. won a silver award in CNC 3 AXIS Milling Programmer and Joshua Thiel won a bronze award in CNC 3 AXIS Milling Programmer. CNN 3-Axis Milling Programmer competitions will test two major skills areas. A CNC theory test and CAM programming, with optional scoring for process control, and oral professional development assessment.

The Automotive Repair and Diagnostic program also participated in the program. James Bostic received a gold award and Brittney Shrewsbury received a silver award.

The automotive students competition focused on 10 areas, based on standards of the Automotive Service Excellence® (ASE) program and certifications.

Students in the automotive repair program have an opportunity to earn NC3 Snap-On® and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE®) Entry-Level credentials, in addition to the Career Studies Certificate in Automotive Diagnostics and Repair.

The precision machining program is designed to provide students with an introduction to the machining industry. The curriculum will be developed by using a combination of lectures, in-class demonstrations, and videos.

The curriculum will also be developed around the following equipment: CAD/CAM, lathes, mills drill press, surface grinders, CNC lathe and CNC mill. The students will develop skills in blueprint reading, mathematics, drafting, and soft skills to better prepare the students for employment. Students successfully completing the two semesters in this program will receive a career studies certificate in Precision Machining.

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