ACCs Sims earns bronze medal at SkillsUSA

LITTLETON, Colo. (July 3, 2013) – Former Arapahoe Community College student Shane Sims placed third and earned a bronze medal at the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) last week in Kansas City, Mo.

Shane Sims

Shane Sims

Sims, a 2013 graduate of ACC’s Automotive Technology Program, competed against 40 other students from across the country – all of whom had placed first in their respective SkillsUSA statewide competition – in 13 stations, including: heating, ventilation and air conditioning, engine performance, wheel alignment, environmental health and safety, customer service, electrical circuit testing, electrical diagnosis, manual drivetrain service and repair, brake service diagnosis and repair, automatic transmission diagnosis and service, engine mechanical service and diagnosis, electronic service information and an ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) written test.

An employee of Planet Honda in Golden, Sims’ cumulative score of 734 in Kansas City was just 40 points off of the winning total (774; 1,000 points possible).

For Sims, his third-place showing not only bested his fifth-place finish at the NLSC in 2012, it was the highest-ever finish for an ACC student at the SkillsUSA national competition. During his career at ACC, Sims was also a two-time champion in both the District SkillsUSA and Colorado SkillsUSA competitions (2012 and 2013).

For more information, please contact Doc Viola, Automotive Technology faculty and SkillsUSA advisor, at or 303.797.5846.

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