The SkillsUSA competition is an event showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation.

TACOMA, Wash. – Two Bates Technical College Fire Service students took home top honors at last month’s 2016 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky.

Dallin Wilson won the silver medal in the Firefighting category, and Nate Kubinsky was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in the Job Skill Demonstration Open, where contestants demonstrate and explain an entry-level skill used in the fire service industry.

Says Wilson, the Fire Service program help prepare him for the competition. “I wouldn’t stand a chance at the competition without the education and hands-on learning I received in the program. In my opinion, this program is among the very best in the nation. Here I am, not even close to best in the program, and I won silver at the national level,” said Wilson.

The firefighting contest evaluates the contestant’s preparation for firefighting careers through hands-on skill demonstrations, written and oral presentations. Wilson tested against the clock in the following areas: safety; breathing apparatus; fire streams; ladders, ropes, knots and hoses; fire control; ventilation; emergency medical care and rescue; and protecting fire cause evidence. The students are evaluated using National Fire Protection Association-established standards.

“We are proud of our students’ accomplishments,” said Brandon Rogers, Bates’ Dean of South Campus. “Dallin and Nate’s results from the competition confirm that Bates Technical College has the premier fire program in the region.”

The 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference attracted more than 6,000 high school and postsecondary/college career and technical education students to compete on the national level in categories that range from practical nursing and information technology to customer service and job interview. Each contestant is a state-level gold medalist.

To learn more about Bates’ Fire Service program, go to, or call 253.680.7000. To learn more about SkillsUSA, go to

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps all students excel in their training programs and future technical, skilled and service careers, including health occupations. Nationally, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 high school and college/postsecondary students and their chapter advisors who are professional members. Learn more: