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M State student wins silver medal

National medalist Shawn hayes, left, and M State PowerSports Technology instructor Kent Reisenauer. Hayes was awarded a silver medal during the Power Equipment Technology contest. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Shawn Hayes, a student at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Detroit Lakes, was awarded the silver medal in the Power Equipment Technology contest 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.

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.

As a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, M State serves more than 9,200 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and through eCampus.

By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is an equal opportunity educator/employer. Upon request, this information is available in alternative formats.