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Pioneer Tech Students Take Top Honors at SkillsUSA Competition

The Oklahoma SkillsUSA State Conference was held in Tulsa at the end of April.  Pioneer Technology Center students represented well in several different categories. Students in the Fleet and Facilities Maintenance program received awards. They were: Juan Gutierrez of Ponca City who placed first in Hard Surface Maintenance; Anthony Barrows of Newkirk received second place in Standard Riding Mower skills and Matthew Rankin of Ponca City took home second place in Zero Turn Radius Mower skills.

In the Criminal Justice program Covin Smith of Ponca City placed third with CPR and the CSI team including Jourdyn Mooring of Blackwell, as well as Nicole True and Brett Ward both from Tonkawa, placed third overall.

Pioneer Tech’s Cosmetology program had Ryan Mihandoost, an adult student from Perry, who received a second place medal in Barbering.

Emergency Services had a third place winner, Patrick Deffner from Blackwell. His category was Firefighting. Also, Nathan Greenhagen received the top prize in the Firefighting category overall and qualified for Nationals.

The Machine Tool program took home a third place medal. Steven Petersen from Ponca City placed in CNC Lathe Operation.

Brenda Nishizawa from Ponca City and the Industrial Technology program placed third in Related Technical Math.

The Welding program fabrication team with Colton Orr of Ponca City, Alberto Bojorquez and Triston Anderson both of Blackwell took home the second prize medal for their skills at the state competition.

According to Kahle Goff, PTC Executive Director of Full-Time programs, “Our students did an outstanding job at contest.  We are very proud of their achievements.”

For more information, on Pioneer Tech’s programs and services, call 580.762.8336 or visit www.pioneertech.edu.

Caption: The Oklahoma SkillsUSA State Conference was held in Tulsa at the end of April.  Pioneer Technology Center students represented well in several different categories. Pictured left to right are Tom Burg, Criminal Justice instructor, Jourdyn Mooring fromBlackwell, as well as Nicole True and Brett Ward both from Tonkawa. The team placed third overall in Crime Scene Investigation skills.  For more information, on Pioneer Tech’s programs and services, call 580.762.8336 or visit www.pioneertech.edu.