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WSC students grow professional skills with success at SkillsUSA competition

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Posted by WSC Marketing

WSC students grow professional skills with success at SkillsUSA competition

KANSAS CITY, M.O.- Three Williston State College students earned placement, competed, and grew professional skills at the 50th National SkillsUSA competition that was held on Monday June 22nd until Friday June 28th at the Bartle Hall Convention Center.

More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students-all state contest winners competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

WSC student, Ryan Seidel, placed 8th in the national competition for post-secondary job interview. Back in April at the 40th annual North Dakota state competition, he placed 1st in post-secondary job interview. Seidel is also the Vice President for SkillsUSA North Dakota.

Another WSC student, Nathan Stangeland, placed 12th in the national competition for computer maintenance. During the state competition in April he placed first in computer maintenance, which allowed him to compete at the National level. Stangeland also received an A-plus certification in the CompTIA test in last week's competition.

Jordan Cooley went as the North Dakota post-secondary reporter. She was a voting delegate for North Dakota at the national competition. At the state competition in April she received 2nd place in the computer maintenance, after Stangeland.  

Ken Quamme, head of the computer club and computer chapter of SkillsUSA at WSC says, "The competitions are a way for students to demonstrate their skills in front of other people and to put them out of their comfort zone. It builds more confidence in themselves and their professional skills. They also create friendships and reinforce the area of education they have been studying."

Quamme has been the head of the computer chapter of SkillsUSA at WSC for the past 5 years, but he has been an advisor for many more years. Quamme states, "I am proud to be a CTE instructor and advisor to the students. Having student organizations at school is important because it teaches many things you can't learn in the classroom such as leadership and skills development. It gets students to participate in and enhance their education and gives them opportunity for improvement."

For more information about SkillsUSA, please contact Ken Quamme at or 701.774.4207. For all other information about Williston State College, please call 701.774.4200, visit, or stop by 1410 University Ave.