SkillsUSA crowns telecommunications cabling champions

July 7, 2016
ETA International sponsored the SkillsUSA Telecommunications Cabling Championships for the 15th consecutive year.

The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) International recently announced results and issued congratulations to winners of the Telecommunications Cabling Championship, which was held as part of the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, KY in late June. “Unique to SkillsUSA, the Telecommunications Cabling Championship utilizes many of the competencies and hands-on skills that make up ETA International’s Data Cabling Installer (DCI) and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) certifications,” ETA said. “The contests are planned by the Skills Technical Committee and designed to test the aptitude needed for successful entry-level performance in the field. The National Education Team and the Technical Team from industry developed the Telecommunications Cabling contest content, built and set up the rotation areas, as well as conducted both the orientation and competition.”

ETA offered congratulations “to the tough competitors who vied for medals and awards in the Telecommunications Cabling contest, and especially to the six contestants who took home gold, silver and bronze medals for themselves and their schools.” Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded at both the high-school and post-secondary levels. The winners are as follows.

High School—Gold: Nicholas Stemen, Waver Academy, Greensboro, NC; Silver: Bryan Urias, Orange Technical Education Centers, Orlando, FL; Bronze: Derek Faudree, Kiamichi Technology Center, Atoka, OK

Post-Secondary—Gold: Nakisha Carter, Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee, OK; Silver: Dustin Loya, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID; Bronze: Ashley Smith, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO

Winners are pictured silver-gold-bronze left-to-right, with high school winners in the front row and post-secondary winners in the back row.

Additionally, ETA announced that its student scholarship recipient to the International Wireless Communications Expo—Kelly Krenek—attended the SkillsUSA National Championship. Krenek attends A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX. She is the 2016 Skills Texas President and participated in the House of Delegates. She met each Skills officer from every state, and said she plans to compete in the 2017 Skills Telecommunications Cabling Championship.

ETA added, “Including the Telecommunications judges, supports and contributors to the Telecommunications Cabling Championship come from departments of public instruction, community colleges, proprietary training groups, and companies such as ETA, Dymo, eITprep, Corning Optical Communications, CWA, Panduit, Fluke Networks, Cisco, Kobalt Tools, Light Brigade, Keysight Technologies, Southwire, Milwaukee Tools, Wiley Publishing, BICSI and Kentucky Community Technical College System-Elizabethtown.”

You can view the ETA’s photo gallery from the SkillsUSA Telecommunications Cabling Championship here.

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