Johnston Community College student Giovanni Aguilar won the gold medal in the CNC technician competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky.
Aguilar, 22, is pursuing an associate’s degree in computer integrated machining technology. He was among 6,000 career and technical education students who competed June 24-25 in events that tested their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
“I would like to thank the members of the board and the staff at JCC for giving me the opportunity to represent North Carolina and Johnston Community College in the 2015 National Skills USA Competition in Louisville,” the Clayton resident said.
“After placing first in the state conference, I was not sure if I had what it took to compete against the best machining students in the nation,” Aguilar added. “With quite a bit of convincing from my instructors, classmates and my loving fiancée, I agreed to give it a shot.
“Thank you again for such an unbelievable opportunity to better myself and prove that the JCC machining program really does create opportunities and a strong foundation for future careers.”
Dwight Barnes is Aguilar’s instructor at JCC. “We are very proud of Giovanni's accomplishments,” he said. “He and the other students that participated in the CNC technician competition are true champions in their dedication to excellence in their trade and their leadership skills.”
Brian Worley, director of technical and vocational program at JCC, said Aguilar’s gold medal marked a major accomplishment for the college’s computer integrated machining program.
“In 2010, JCC started the machining program up again and made significant investments in the program to create a modern training facility,” Worley said. “The quality of training the students receive is second to none. This is due to the fact that we have hired the best instructors in the state. The equipment they are trained on is as modern as any machine shop in North Carolina. This is an example of the commitment that Dr. Johnson and his administration have when it comes to vocational programs.”