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NDSCS students secure top awards at SkillsUSA Nationals

Students from North Dakota State College of Science won the nation's highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) on June 20-24.

James Prouty of Minot, N.D. and Duane O'Marro, Jr. of Mapleton, N.D. secured second and third place, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA National Competition held in Kansas City, Mo. Prouty received a silver medal for work in the Motorcycle Service Technology category and O'Marro won a bronze medal for his performance in Power Equipment Technology.

Over 5700 students competed for national recognition in the 47th annual SkillsUSA NLSC in 94 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as electronics, precision machining, public speaking and culinary arts. Contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations and test competencies that are set by industry.

NDSCS is a two-year, comprehensive college with a residential campus located in Wahpeton, N.D., and a commuter campus, referred to as NDSCS-Fargo, located in north Fargo, N.D.  NDSCS offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in over 80 academic options in traditional career and technical studies as well as liberal arts.  The College also offers a variety of distance education and online courses.  Approximately 98 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing additional education.