DACC Students Strike Gold, Silver and Bronze

Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students competed against students from other New Mexico community colleges, each other and the clock in various contests that showcased their proficiency in occupational areas at the recently completed New Mexico SkillsUSA competition.


Earning gold medals for DACC:


  • Gustavo Perez, job skill demonstration,
  • Jeff Dillard, internetworking,
  • Frank Bonnevie, electronics technology,
  • Benjamin Castro, computer programing,
  • Rion Osborne, technical computer applications, and
  • Eric Rodriguez (high school division) two golds, internetworking and job interview.


The six gold medalists are qualified to compete at nationals held in Louisville, Kentucky in June, against 6,000 students who all won their state competitions.


“The New Mexico competition and conference is important for our students to develop their leadership skills and test their technical knowledge and competency,” said Saundra Castillo, DACC Division Dean of Advanced Technologies and club sponsor. “Our students continue to represent our community college with outstanding enthusiasm, attitude and performance.”


Silver was awarded to Jennifer Allen in customer service, Daniel Kerr in extemporaneous speaking and computer maintenance, Victor Compos in job skill demonstration, Turner Ashby in electronics, and Austin Hill in computer programming. Bronze winners included Nancy Villalobos in prepared speech and customer service, Jennifer Allen in job interview, Dimitri Weaver in computer programming, Benjamin Castro in extemporaneous speaking, and Anton Trujillo in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.


Nancy Villalobos, a student in Building Construction Technology, was elected to serve New Mexico as a student officer for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The SkillsUSA state championships and leadership conference was held April 11-14 in Albuquerque.


Other students participating included Cory Stoval in automotive service.  Team coaches are Kevin Gall, Edward Lopez, Wade Matthews, Gustavo Pina, John Carter, Tim Chappell, Leilani Beniot, Luis Mesa, and Marco Garay.


All competitions were judged by professionals in the various fields.


The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.