On March 31-April 2, dual credit students enrolled in Midland College (MC) Diesel,
Automotive and Energy Technology programs competed in several contests at the SKILLS
USA State Competition in Corpus Christi, TX.
Midland High School (MHS) student Colin Koonce won the gold medal (1st place) and Rhett Pierce, also from MHS, won the bronze medal (3rd place) in the Automotive Suspension and
Steering Technical test. MHS student Cayden Ruiz won the silver medal (2nd place) in Diesel Equipment Technology. Energy Technology
students Jayden Villa (Midland High School) and Jayson Watkins (Legacy High School) competed in the team Mechatronics competition and won a bronze
medal (3rd place).
“We are so proud of these outstanding students,” Erick Gutierrez, MC Automotive/ Diesel
associate professor, said. “Throughout this academic year, they stayed focused on
their training and challenged themselves to learn as much as they could. We congratulate
them on winning these competitions.”
Photo: MC 2022 SKILLS USA State competitors, from left to right: Joshua Bygrave,
Colton Golden, Armando Nieto, Pedro Rodriguez, Jayson Watkins, Ariana Flores and Jayden