Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Workforce WednesdayThree of Danville Community College’s precision machining students will compete at the national SkillsUSA Championships during the week of June 19 in Louisville, KY. Quin Motley of Chatham, Stephen Chambers of Axton, and Artsem Fitsner of the Republic of Belarus will make the trip following their successes in earning first place in their respective competitions as part of the Virginia SkillsUSA State Championships.

SkillsUSA is a partnership between students, teachers, and industry to increase the number of technically-skilled individuals in America’s workforce.

Motley, a computer numeric control (CNC) milling specialist, said that he felt good about his chances in the national competition.

“I’m really excited to go back to nationals and be able to show off the skills I learned here at DCC,” Motley said. He added that this is the second time he will compete at the national level, but the first time he will compete in the CNC milling specialist category.

Chambers, a CNC turning specialist, said he was excited to take part in the upcoming event.

“I hope I win it,” he beamed.

Chambers participated in a mock contest last year.

Fitsner, a CNC technician, is DCC’s first international student to make it to the national SkillsUSA competition.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he remarked. “I feel really good about it.”

The national SkillsUSA Championships will host over 6,000 contestants in 100 separate events. More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers, judges, business partners, and spectators are expected to attend.

Motley, Chambers, and Fitsner will graduate from DCC on Saturday, May 13.

For more information about DCC’s precision machining technology program, visit www.danville.edu or contact Instructor Kevin Poole at 434-797-8580 or kpoole@dcc.vccs.edu.

*Featured image (l to r):  Joe Distad, 1st year instructor, Todd Sanders, 2nd year instructor, Quin Motley, Stephen Chambers, Artsem Fitsner, Kevin Poole, 2nd year instructor, and Josh McDowell, 1st year instructor.

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Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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