Skills USA Students News

(Emmetsburg, Iowa) Fifteen Iowa Lakes Community College students and four Iowa Lakes Career Academy students demonstrated their exceptional skills and expertise at the 2024 Iowa SkillsUSA competition, which was held on April 26 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny, Iowa.

Representing the Boat & Watercraft Technician, Welding Technology, Powersports & Power Equipment Technology, and Construction Technology Management programs, these students showcased their talents by competing against the most talented career and technical education students across Iowa.

During the fiercely competitive event, eight Iowa Lakes students and two Iowa Lakes Career Academy students earned the prestigious gold medal for first place in their respective categories, securing their positions to compete in the upcoming 2024 National SkillsUSA competition, which will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 24 to 28.


Motorcycle Service Technology (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place: Nicholas Grubb (Nicollet, Minn.)

2nd Place: Pierce Martin (Albert Lea, Minn.)

3rd Place: Drew Prins (Sanborn, Iowa)


Motorcycle Service Technology (High School)

1st Place: Brice Rooney (Emmetsburg, Iowa) – Emmetsburg High School

3rd Place: Braydan Albrant (Emmetsburg, Iowa) -Emmetsburg High School


Power Equipment Technology (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place: Benjamin Nielsen (Templeton, Iowa)

2nd Place: Ryan Kilian (Heron Lake, Minn.)

3rd Place: Carter Sorensen (Buyck, Minn.)


Power Equipment Technology (High School)

1st Place: Zachary Borchers (Graettinger, Iowa)-Graettinger-Terril High School

3rd Place: Nathan Adams (Emmetsburg, Iowa)-Emmetsburg High School


Carpentry (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place: Tate Myers (Iowa Falls, Iowa)


Marine Service Technology (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place: Brody Van’t Hull (Rock Valley, Iowa)

2nd Place: Wyatt Schwenker (Maquoketa, Iowa)

3rd Place: Malakai Redig (Britt, Iowa)


Welding Fabrication (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place (Team): Jalen Michaelson (Guthrie Center, Iowa); Jacob Haase (Burt, Iowa); Owen Kies (Spencer, Iowa)


Welding Sculpture (Post-secondary – College)

1st Place: Jesse Wright (Spencer, Iowa)

2nd Place: Alexandra Shemon (Fostoria, Iowa)


Career Academy at Iowa Lakes offers high school students the opportunity to acquire real-world skills in high-demand occupations. College students at Iowa Lakes receive a mix of hands-on training and classroom learning to earn degrees or diplomas while equipping them with the in-demand skills necessary to succeed at SkillsUSA competitions and for their future careers in their respective industries.

For more information about Iowa Lakes’ career and technical programs for adults at and Career Academy for high-school students, please click here to visit


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