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Bladen Community College welders tops in competition again
Source Date: April 18, 2012
Three Bladen Community College welding students emerged as winners in the North Carolina's SkillsUSA competitions held earlier this week. Two of the three took first place in their respective competition categories and will represent the state in the national competitions later this year.
Chris Shifflett of Spring Lake took first place in the welding Job Skill Demonstration competition. Danny Francis of Pembroke took first place in the Welding (Post Secondary) category. Zack Patterson of St. Pauls took third place in the Welding (Post Secondary) category. The wins continue a trend in BCC's welding program that has seen state-level winners for nearly every year since BCC has fielded a team in the SkillsUSA competitions.
Many welders from BCC have won their respective competitions in the state competition and went on to represent the state in the national competitions.
According to Dean of Engineering and General Education Programs Edward Dent, who has been a welding instructor at BCC for more than 30 years, 1,800 students competed in 85 different events in this year's SkillsUSA competitions. BCC's team had contestants in three competition categories, all in welding. The three competitions were at held at three different locations. BCC competitors took first place in two of the three competitions.
The competitions are a part of the SkillsUSA Conference, which is held in Greensboro each year. The individual competitions are held at various locations around the Piedmont area of the state. This was the 47th year the conference and competitions have been held. Dent and welding instructor Al Hester accompanied the contestants to the competition.
Dent says he is very proud of his team's performance again this year. "We are looking forward to our winners placing high in the national competitions this year," he said.