NDSCS students earn national ranking at SkillsUSA Championships

3 men in red SkillsUSA jackets standing side by side

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) students recently earned top awards at the National SkillsUSA Championships held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Three NDSCS students earned the national spotlight for their achievements. 

Jacob Bredeson of Oakes, N.D. earned a gold medal in the CNC 2-Axis Turning category. Bredeson’s skills were evaluated on his ability to plan and program jobs for CNC turning centers and provide instructions for operators to execute. He had to program and generate code, troubleshoot errors, interpret prints, measure parts, and more. 

Jacob Roberts of Jamestown, N.D. earned a silver medal in the CNC Programmer category. Roberts was evaluated on his skills in planning and programming jobs for 2-Axis CNC and 3-Axis CNC machines, including programming and generating code, troubleshooting programming errors, interpret prints, measure parts, and demonstrate his knowledge of CNC machine configuration, setup, and operation. 

Gavin Stanislaw of Bayport, Minn. earned a silver medal in the Motorcycle Service Tech category. During his competition, Stanislaw performed tasks similar to those encountered in a dealership’s service department, including scheduled maintenance tasks, electrical diagnostics, precision measurement, powertrain systems, and more. 

Additional NDSCS students earned placement within the top 10 in the nation, including:

  • Emily Schmidt of Gladstone, N.D. earned 5th place in Architectural Drafting.
  • Dylan Hanstad of Fergus Falls, Minn. earned 6th place in the Automotive Services Tech category.
  • Tori Hanson of Underwood, Minn. earned 7th place in Welding Sculpture.
  • Dylan Johnson of Sibley, N.D. earned 10th place in Carpentry.
  • Benjamin Klemen of Argusville, N.D. earned 10th place in Welding. 

The SkillsUSA Championship is one of the largest hands-on workforce events in the world and is known for competitions showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. More than 6,000 state champions compete in over 100 skilled and leadership events during the SkillsUSA Championships.


See ND state SkillsUSA winners at NDSCS.edu/SkillsUSA