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LIT HVAC student brings home silver medal from National SkillsUSA

BEAUMONT – Aaron Bell of Orange, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning student at LIT, won a silver medal at the National SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership Conference.

The conference was held in Kansas City, Mo., from June 23-27. Students from all over the nation competed in the skills contests and leadership conference. In order to qualify for the national event, students must have earned a gold medal in their state competitions.

Bell was graded on refrigerant and air measurements, electrical troubleshooting-air conditioning, refrigeration system-electrical troubleshooting, a written test, refrigerant procedures, electrical troubleshooting-heating, brazing safety seminar, geothermal performance measurements, resume and proper clothing.

His faculty advisor is Darrell Grissom. This is the LIT HVAC program’s third national award since 2007. Students from this program previously won bronze medals.

Lamar Institute of Technology was represented by more than 20 students and faculty advisors at the conference.

Other students who attended are Heather Miller, medical assisting; Stephanie Nugen, nurse assisting; Gabriela Gallegos, customer service; Cameron Love, architectural drafting; Chad Barclay, Hariso Beleno and Ronald Seabridge, welding fabrication team; Casey Cochran, LeKeshia Oliver, Yessica Sifuentes and Ferlenzia Wheaton, health knowledge bowl team; Khanh Dinh, related technical math; and Troy Burnett, diesel equipment.

Advisors for the group are Darrell Grissom, Cindy McKinley, Sharon Jacobs, Stacy Taylor, Pat O’Connor, Deanna Eldred, John McKeehan, Weldon Jacobs and Pete Matak.

SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
Membership in the LIT SkillsUSA chapter is open to all currently enrolled LIT students, no matter what their major. An introductory meeting is held in the fall semester to discuss and begin preparations for the spring state competition.
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