M State student Shawn Hayes was awarded the silver medal in the Power Equipment Technology competition at the annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and SkillsUSA Championships.
Hayes, of Detroit Lakes, qualified for the national competition, held in June in Kansas City, Mo., by winning first place in Power Equipment Technology in the state SkillsUSA competition in April.
He graduated from M State’s PowerSports Technology program in December 2012 and is currently enrolled in the college’s Marine Engine Technology program. Both programs are taught on the Detroit Lakes campus.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit that serves high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. Its state and national competitions are based on industry-driven occupational skills standards.
At the national level, more than 6,000 students competed in 98 contests in technical, skilled and service occupations. Winners receive medallions and frequently receive tools of their trade and scholarships to further their careers and education.
The SkillsUSA Championship is considered the largest single day of corporate volunteerism in America and valued at $36 million in industry support of donated time, equipment, cash and employment.