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Linn State students bound for National SkillsUSA

Earlier this spring, 19 Linn State Technical College students received gold medals at the Missouri Leadership and Skills Conference (SkillsUSA), qualifying them to compete at next week’s National SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City on June 19 – June 24.

More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, are expected to participate in the week-long conference.    Linn State students will be among 5,600 other outstanding career and technical education students competing hands-on in 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields. 

Linn State students will compete in automated manufacturing, automotive refinishing, aviation maintenance, electronics, internetworking, motorcycle service, precision machining, residential wiring, technical math, telecommunication cabling, and opening/closing ceremonies contests.  

According to Aaron Kliethermes, Linn State SkillsUSA Advisor, the students are ready to compete.  “The students have completed their semester technical classes that have taught them more skills in helping them prepare for their technical contests,” said Kliethermes. 

“The students have shown a lot of excitement about getting the experience to become the “gold” medalist in their technical field,” commented Kliethermes.  “Knowing they are representing the Missouri SkillsUSA Association and are “gold” medalists for the great state of Missouri is an excitement that will live in them forever.”

Students participating in the National SkillsUSA Championships include: 



Program of Study

Matthew Evers

Henley, MO

Design Drafting Technology

Brandon Karr

Linn, MO

Machine Tool Technology

Chris Hillen

Linn, MO

Networking Systems Technology – Telecommunications Option

Seth Strope

Linn, MO

Nuclear Technology

Anna Conroy

Jefferson City, MO

Networking Systems Technology – Telecommunications Option

Jalen Henchey

Jefferson City, MO

Automotive Collision Technology

Clayton Littrell

Thompson, MO

Electronics Engineering Technology

Greg Venverloh

Saint Louis, MO

Powersports Technology

Kevin Baker

Columbia, MO

Heavy Equipment Technology

Justin Jones

Columbia, MO

Industrial Electricity

John Herron

Lebanon, MO

Automotive Technology

Travis Moore

Lebanon, MO

Aviation Maintenance

Barry Maddock

Raytown, MO

Heavy Equipment Technology

James Scurlock

Newburg, MO

Computer Programming

Ethan Lee

Sturgeon, MO

Machine Tool Technology

Thomas Stewart

Lowry City, MO

Automotive Technology

Wesley Jones

Excelsior Springs, MO

Heavy Equipment Technology –
CAT Option

David Ayres

Defiance, MO

Computer Programming

Matthew Garrett

Williamsville, MO

Aviation Maintenance

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  LSTC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  

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