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FAYETTEVILLE, NC – June 28, 2016 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) is pleased to announce that CollisionU Student Matthias Rappe won the silver medal in the Collision Repair Technology event at the 52nd SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.  The SkillsUSA Championships, a showcase of career and technical education students, was held earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky.  More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers, and business partners, participated in the weeklong event.

Rappe will be traveling to Dubai in October, 2017 to represent both the United States and FTCC at the Skills World Championships. Matthias is 19 years old and earned his Associate in Applied Science in May of this year, as a graduate of the inaugural CollisionU program (Team 1). He will be leaving in two weeks to start his full time employment as an aluminum repair specialist at Classic Collision Centers in Atlanta, Georgia.

The philosophy of the SkillsUSA Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance, and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. The Championships motivate career-technical students and teachers to be their best through the encouragement and evaluation of representatives from business, industry and organized labor. The Championships also promote the quality of technical education to the American public.

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