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   HTECs Generate Winners at 2009 SkillsUSA Championships
   In June, more than 5000 outstanding students from around the country competed in the
2009 SkillsUSA Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. For the fourth year, Haas
Automation, Inc., sponsored the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) Competition at the
event, and once again, the majority of winners in the PMT category received their training at
Haas Technical Education Centers (HTECs).
    SkillsUSA is a national organization dedicated to improving technical, skilled and service-
related education for high school and college students. The annual Championships provide
opportunities for students to test themselves against the best students in the nation in their
career field. Haas Automation supported this year’s hands-on competition by providing a TM-1
CNC Toolroom Mill, an SL-10 CNC turning center and 30 CNC control simulators.
   Contestants in the PMT Competition used the Haas CNC machine tools and simulators to
demonstrate their expertise in CNC programming, machining practices, geometric
dimensioning and tolerancing, engineering drawing interpretation and technical math. Seventy
students from secondary and post-secondary schools across the nation competed in the
Precision Machining Technology division, and five of the six medal winners were HTEC
students, including the two gold-medal winners.
    Haas Technical Education Centers are part of a global network of partnerships between
learning institutions, Haas Automation and local Haas Factory Outlets. HTECs leverage the
capabilities and technologies of Haas Automation and partner with industry, schools and
professional societies to exchange best practices and exploit the power of modern
manufacturing equipment to provide the highest quality CNC education.
    As of June 2009, the HTEC network in the USA and Canada included more than 800 high
schools, vocational and community colleges and universities. In Europe, there currently are 25
HTECs in operation, with another 15 planned by year’s end, and a 5-year goal of 200 HTECs in
35 countries.
  The medalists for the 2009 SkillsUSA Championships Precision Machining Technology
Competition are:
   Gold Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Eric Dahlen of Boise State University
(HTEC), Boise, Idaho
   Silver Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Carl Spain of Tennessee Technology
Center at Chattanooga (HTEC), Chattanooga, Tennessee
   Bronze Medal, College/Postsecondary Division – Steve Poppovich of Saint Paul College
(HTEC), Saint Paul, Minnesota
  Gold Medal, High School Division – Sawyer M Hjortsvang of Des Moines Area
Community College (HTEC), Ankeny, Iowa
   Silver Medal, High School Division – Chris Harkless of Miami Valley CTC, Clayton, Ohio
  Bronze Medal, High School Division – Kyle Brodeur of Diman RVTHS (HTEC), Fall River,
Massachusetts

				
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