Six College of Western Idaho Students Capture SkillsUSA Gold


MEDIA ADVISORY – College of Western Idaho (CWI) will be sending six students to test their ability against the nation’s best in Professional Technical Education after earning gold at the 2012 Idaho SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, April 12-13. CWI took home 13 medals in all – including the six gold honors – from 12 different competitions held a various locations around the Treasure Valley.

CWI students Jessica Crowley (Automotive Refinishing Technology), Benjamin Dahlman (Precision Machining Technology), Josh Farnsworth (Diesel Technology), Paul Hodges (Internetworking), Phillip Kildow (Extemporaneous Speaking), and Joe O’Dell (Power Equipment Technology) each secured tickets to nationals with first-place finishes in their respective event. Six national qualifiers marks the most for CWI in the College’s young history, having sent four students in 2011.

The success didn’t stop at gold for CWI however; as the school also had students earn three silver and two bronze medals to conclude the competition. Nathan Heintz (Related Technical Math), Robert Kringel (CNC Milling), and Angela Leavell (Commercial Baking) all took home silver medals. Heintz (Electronics Technology) and Braden Cripps (Automotive Refinishing Technology) captured bronze.
CWI’s six gold medal winners will now begin preparation for a trip to the 2012 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Kan., June 23-27.

Automotive Refinishing Technology
Jessica Crowley – Gold
Braden Cripps – Bronze
Precision Machining Technology
Benjamin Dahlman – Gold
Diesel Technology
Josh Farnsworth – Gold
Electronics Technology
Nathan Heintz – Bronze
Related Technical Math
Nathan Heintz – Silver
Paul Hodges – Gold
Extemporaneous Speaking
Phillip Kildow – Gold
CNC Milling
Robert Kringel – Silver
Commercial Baking
Angela Leavell – Silver
Brian Morton – Bronze
Power Equipment Technology
Joe O’Dell – Gold
Diesel Technology
Austin Spitzer - Silver

Jennifer Couch

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About the College of Western Idaho:
The College of Western Idaho is a comprehensive community college fostering student development academically, as well as occupationally. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information, visit or call (208) 562-3000.

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