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SHS students use machining skills to score college credits

Three students take five top spots in CCC competition

When it comes to machining, Sandy High School students are top of the line.

At the 37th-annual Clackamas Community College Skills Competition on Feb. 26, SHS students placed in five of the six advanced machining events.

The skills competition offers the chance for high school students to compete in a number of categories, including math, machining, welding, French and job interview skills.

“It’s an excellent way for Clackamas (Community College) to promote their programs as well as giving future students a chance to shine,” said Paul Panula, manufacturing technology instructor at SHS.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Josh Gosnell, Taylor Walton and Edward Swinson used manufacturing skills learned at Sandy High School to win Clackamas Community College credit vouchers.

Students who place in the skills competition are awarded credit vouchers to be used if they attend CCC in the future.

“For manufacturing students, these vouchers are truly scholarships,” Panula said.

This year, Josh Gosnell, a junior at SHS, took third place in advanced machining for lathe machine as well as third place in advanced machining for milling machine, winning eight credit vouchersEdward Swinson took second place in advanced machining for lathe machine while also bringing home eight credit vouchers.

And Taylor Walton won first place in advanced machining for lathe and milling machine, winning 24 credit vouchers. 

“I’m extremely proud of our students for their accomplishments,” Panula said. “They performed well against some stiff competition, and they used their skills to reduced college costs. Every student who attends loves it and wants to attend the following year.”

— Kylie Wray