SCC Hosts Skills Throw Down for High School Students


On Friday, April 12, Southeastern Community College will host the Southeast Iowa Skills Throw Down. Nearly 90 area high school students will compete for top honors in categories including auto tech, carpentry, welding, and computer-aided design (CAD).

The events are a mix of individual and team competitions. Tasks include building structures from blueprints, making prototypes from predetermined specs, and troubleshooting and diagnosing vehicle error codes.

Local industry representatives will judge the projects and examine them for accuracy, proper use of tools, safety, craftsmanship, speed, and layout.

Michelle Randall, SCC's Director of High School Relations, sees the competitions as a great opportunity for the high school students.

"Students have fun going head-to-head with other teens in the area," she said. "These contests let them showcase their talents in industrial technologies for their teachers, SCC instructors, and local professionals."

CAD instructor Jonathan Gaddis agrees, sharing that competing at SCC adds another level to the contest.

"The competition allows the teenagers to show off the culmination of the skills they have acquired," he shared. "Competing on a college campus adds to the excitement."

The event starts at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m.

Individual winners will receive prizes and equipment that relate to each trade. Winning schools will take a home a commemorative banner.

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