RRW student takes home gold in SkillsUSA competition

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 1, 2014

James Hensley, a senior at Chapmanville Regional High School and a student in Jack Frye’s machine tool technology program at Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center, put his classroom skills to the test in a recent SkillsUSA competition held at the Ben Franklin Career and Technical Center in Dunbar.

Hensley took home top honors in the precision machining contest by demonstrating his knowledge of the field through an interview, a written test, a CNC test, lathe operations, milling machines, and layout work.

The competition featured machine tool technology programs from across the state.

In addition to competition honors, Hensley has gained skills at Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center that have helped him land several higher-learning opportunities. He has received a $6,000 scholarship to Sullivan University and 90 free instructional days at Delcam University, an institute which focuses on students pursuing a manufacturing career. He also has an interview with the State of West Virginia’s apprenticeship program.

Hensley will represent Ralph R. Willis in June at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.