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Macomb Community College students earn gold, silver medals at 2013 National SkillsUSA Competition

– Friday, July 26, 2013 1:00AM

Macomb Community College students excelled at the 2013 National SkillsUSA Competition in Kansas City June 24 – 28, with five students earning gold or silver medals and three others placing in the top 10.

• Colleen Hammond, Sterling Heights, and Nick Richardson, Roseville, earned gold medals in television production.

• William Chitkin, Sterling Heights, and Christopher Mitchell, Chesterfield, earned silver medals in 3-D visualization and animation.

• Shane Guenthardt, Sterling Heights,  earned a silver medal in job skill demonstration-A.

• Amanda Yokley, Roseville, placed fifth in advertising design. • Mary Plunkett, Fraser, placed seventh in photography.

• Alan Ciochetto, Sterling Heights, placed eighth in culinary arts.

SkillsUSA is a partnership among students, teachers and industry that encourages growth through participation in leadership and skill activities to enhance classroom learning.  To advance to the national competition, students had to win their categories at a statewide competition.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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