June 20-24, 2016, SkillsUSA 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky

Skills stage

On June 20-24, 2016 in Louisville, KY the 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference was held. SkillsUSA is the “olympics” of career and technical education students. More than 16,000 people — including students, teachers and business partners participated in the weeklong event.


Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin visited Skills and spent time at the CNC competition.


Mike Rowe was the keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony and had lunch with a  group of Competitors and their instructors.SkillsMikeRowe

The 2016 GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program awarded over $200,000 in scholarship funds

to students competing in three manufacturing events.

skills checkThe students were high school and college students from all 50 states who had won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist and CNC Turning Specialist. Upon their arrival at NLSC received a $1,000 scholarship award recognizing their success. Medalists at each of the three competitions at each level received awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000.SkillsMedalists2016

CNC Milling Specialist, Post-Secondary

Gold Medal- Ryan Iverson, North Dakota College of Science (ND)

Silver Medal- Matthew Bean, Penn College of Technology (PA)

Bronze Medal- David All, Lincoln College of Technology (IN)

CNC Milling Specialist, Secondary

Gold Medal- Jacob Hissock, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)

Silver Medal- Quentin Roberts, Pullman High School (WA)

Bronze Medal- Caleb West, Earnest Pruett Center of Technology (AL)

CNC Technician, Post-Secondary

Gold Medal- Lev Burgess, Catawba Valley Community College (NC)

Silver Medal- Casey Warner, St. Cloud Technical and Community College (MN)

Bronze Medal- Derek Rutrough, Danville Community College (VA)

CNC Technician, Secondary

Gold Medal- Matthew Pringle, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)

Silver Medal- Nathan Voelkers, Pioneer Technology Center (OK)

Bronze Medal- Noah Seth Lehmann, South Adams High School (IN)

CNC Turning Specialist, Post-Secondary

Gold Medal- Dyan Hardy, Danville Community College (VA)

Silver Medal- Matthew Drost, Southwestern Illinois College (IL)

Bronze Medal- Laura Gilmore, College of Western Idaho (ID)

CNC Turning Specialist, Secondary

Gold Medal- Kyle Mueller, St. Clair Technical Education Center (MI)

Silver Medal- Cody Kirkland, Madison County Career Technical Center (AL)

 Bronze Medal- Zachary Seiler, Carbon Career and Technical Institute (PA)

A special congratulations to our first female medalist, Laura Gilmore from College of Western Idaho.femalemedalist

Thank you to the NIMS team and all the industry partners.

Amatrol, Inc.

AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Boston Centerless

Calculated Industries

CGTech/Vericut, INC.

The Gene Haas Foundation

Haas Automation Inc.

Haas HTEC Network

Immersive Engineering, Inc.

Industrial Press

National Institute of Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS)

Modern Industries, Inc.

Oberg Industries, Inc.

Precision Metalforming Association Educational Foundation

Robbins Enterprises

Sandvik Coromant

The L.S. Starrett Company

TCI Precision Metals

Vincennes University


We would also like to acknowledge one of last year’s competitor Samantha, who was invited to the White House to be recognized as a Presidential CTE Scholar. These young people show us the future is in good hands.