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Electronic Technicians Association announces winners of Telecommunications Cabling Championship

July 20, 2016 — The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) International—a member organization of the Automation Federation—has announced the results and issued congratulations to winners of the Telecommunications Cabling Championship, which was recently held as part of the SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Unique to SkillsUSA, the Telecommunications Cabling Championship utilizes many of the competencies and hands-on skills that make up ETA International’s Data Cabling Installer (DCI) and Customer Service Specialist (CSS) certifications. The contests are planned by the Skills Technical Committee and designed to test the aptitude needed for successful entry-level performance in the field.

The National Education Team and the Technical Team from industry developed the Telecommunications Cabling contest content, built and set up the rotation areas, as well as conducted both the orientation and competition.

ETA International congratulates the competitors who vied for medals and awards in the contest, and especially to the six contestants who took home gold, silver and bronze medals for themselves and their schools.  Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded at both the high-school and post-secondary levels.
The winners are as follows.

High School

  • Gold: Nicholas Stemen, Waver Academy, Greensboro, NC
  • Silver: Bryan Urias, Orange Technical Education Centers, Orlando, FL
  • Bronze: Derek Faudree, Kiamichi Technology Center, Atoka, OK


  • Gold: Nakisha Carter, Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee, OK
  • Silver: Dustin Loya, College of Western Idaho, Nampa, ID
  • Bronze: Ashley Smith, Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO

ETA International also announced that its student scholarship recipient to the International Wireless Communications Expo—Kelly Krenek—attended the SkillsUSA National Championship. Krenek attends A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, TX. She is the 2016 Skills Texas President and participated in the House of Delegates. She plans to compete in the 2017 Skills Telecommunications Cabling Championship.

Support and contributions to the Telecommunications Cabling Championship come from departments of public instruction, community colleges, proprietary training groups, and companies such as ETA International, Dymo, eITprep, Corning Optical Communications, CWA, Panduit, Fluke Networks, Cisco, Kobalt Tools, Light Brigade, Keysight Technologies, Southwire, Milwaukee Tools, Wiley Publishing, BICSI and Kentucky Community Technical College System in Elizabethtown.

About ETA International

Founded in 1978, the Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA® International) represents the electronics industry, from the technician and educator to the corporate institution. ETA has issued over 150,000 technical certifications covering more than 80 certification programs in a variety of technology fields. You can find ETA-certified professionals working for many well-known companies like Motorola, Google, ESPN, and the United States Armed Forces.

About the Automation Federation

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of seventeen (17) member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visit www.automationfederation.org.

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