C-I’s Pflipsen competes at National SkillsUSA

Cambridge-Isanti 2012 graduate Andrew Pflipsen represented the CIHS Industrial Trades programs at the June 23-27 National SkillsUSA Conference hosted once again in Kansas City, Mo.

2012 CIHS graduate Andrew Pflipsen at Nationals SkillsUSA (right), pictured with previous CIHS grad Scott Holland who represented St. Cloud Technical Collge in Welding. Photos submitted by Tom Smith

Pflipsen made the trip with CIHS Carpentry teacher Tom Smith. He was one of the over 5,900 high school and college students competing at the national leadership and skills conference.

Pflipsen ended up earning a Skill Point Certificate in Carpentry which meant he met the industry standards on his work where he finished in 24th place out of 47 contestants. The projects Pflipsen worked on at Nationals included steel stud and 2 x 4 framing, sheetrocking, window and exterior siding placement, deck work, and constructing stairs and rails.

CIHS grad Scott Holland also competed at National SkillsUSA, placing 17th out of 37 in Welding for St. Cloud Technical College.

Smith said that $35 million was donated to the National SkillsUSA gathering by business and industries which went toward the components needed to hold the competitions, along with awarding equipment prizes and scholarships.

Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills. Over 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated this year.

SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working  together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel.