Representing the State of Maine and the college, York County Community College (YCCC) student Nicholas Fallon recently competed in the SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky in June 2019. Nicholas received silver in the State of Maine SkillsUSA Competition in March of 2019 which earned him the opportunity to compete at the national level where he placed 11th overall.
Nicholas Fallon, of North Berwick, Maine is a student in the Precision Machining Technology program at YCCC and placed 11th in the Nation for Technical Drafting. His competition consisted of a written exam as well as converting blueprints of a hot glue gun into 3D models using Solid Works. Fallon placed 3rd in the Nation at the college level last year and 7th in the nation a few years ago in the high school level.
Fallon said “I’ve had the honor of being able to represent Maine the past 3 years at SkillsUSA Nationals competition which has been a great experience for me. I’ve learned so much, and made lifelong friends I never thought I would have. I never could have done it without the support of my friends and family, or without the help of great advisors at York County Community College.”
Scholarship support which funded Fallon’s SkillsUSA state and national trip was funded by the Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) grant. GHF’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing grants scholarships for CNC machine technology students and NIMS credentials. To learn more about the GHF click HERE.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The non-profit organization serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually with 54 state and territorial associations, where students compete against other students in their trade at local, state, and national levels. This was the third year that YCCC’s SkillsUSA Chapter has sent students to National Competition and the trip was partially funded by the YCCC Student Senate.
York County Community College, established in 1994, is one of seven community colleges in the Maine Community College System. The college annually enrolls nearly 2,500 students in certificate and associate degree programs, continuing education, career & professional development and business training.