Contestants competed in two divisions: secondary (concurrently enrolled high school students) and post-secondary (college level).
MCC Welding student Trenten Forbes placed first in the secondary division at state and competed at nationals. Forbes will return to MCC this fall and will be eligible to participate in the post-secondary division next spring.
In the refinishing category, Brandon Barrandey placed 22nd in the nation. Participants were tested on paint code identification, color match assessment, masking, estimating, primer application, paint application, and also completed a written test.
“I am very proud of Brandon,” said MCC Collision Repair faculty member Tim Grauberger. “He has really improved upon his skills this year and will have a great career.” Barrandey currently works for Markley Motors in Fort Collins.
Alicia Grauberger competed in secondary automotive collision technology and earned 4th place out of 42 contenders. The contest was held over three days and assessed participants on metal repair of a fender, bumper repair, frame analysis, and estimating, and contestants were scored on written tests, the I-CAR welding test, and a job interview.
“I can’t begin to express how proud I am of her both as a dad and instructor,” said Tim Grauberger. “She worked hard after the semester was over to improve her skills and knowledge. Alicia’s boss, Tom Regan of Concept Auto Body, helped prepare her for nationals by assigning correlating repairs.”
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. For more information about the SkillsUSA chapter at MCC, contact Brad Parker at (970) 542-3215. To find out more about enrolling in a program at MCC, visit www.MorganCC.edu.