Two San Jacinto College students qualify for national competition

05.18.2018 | By Melissa Trevizo

HOUSTON, Texas – San Jacinto College students Scott Benson and Jessica Gomez took gold medals at the SkillsUSA Texas College Postsecondary Student Leadership State Conference in April.

“I was honestly a little bit surprised to win,” said Benson, a future automotive service technicians (FAST) student. “I didn’t think I was good enough, but with all of the hands-on training I’ve had it was like muscle memory. If you understand how a machine works, you can fix any problem.”

San Jacinto College Central Campus’ Benson took the gold medal in automotive service technology, a competition encompassing all aspects of servicing a vehicle including on-vehicle work, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test.

Jessica Gomez, a cosmetology student from San Jacinto College’s South Campus, took first place in the job interview category. This competition is divided into three phases: completion of employment applications; preliminary interviews with receptionist; and, in-depth interviews. Contestants are evaluated on their understanding of employment procedures faced in applying for positions in their occupational areas.

As first place winners, Benson and Gomez both qualify to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Jessica Gomez qualified for the national competition in Kentucky this summer.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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