Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center Students Advance to State Competition



Thirty students who attend the EVSC’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC) qualified for the SkillsUSA State Competition after qualifying at the regional competition at Vincennes University earlier this month. The state competition will take place April 12 and 13 in Indianapolis.

SICTC is comprised of more than 700 students from the southern half of Spencer County and all of Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Students receive half-day classroom and hands-on training in 18 diverse areas of study using the latest emerging technologies and equipment, while still attending their home school.

Eleven students from SICTC placed first in their respective categories and earned a one-semester tuition scholarship from Vincennes University. In all, SICTC students earned $30,250 in scholarships.

Those SICTC students who will receive a scholarship based on their first place award and their home school include:
•Austin Elpers, North Posey, 1st in Residential Wiring
•Bobby Kramer, Gibson Southern, 1st in Electronics Technology
•Seth Young, South Spencer, and Davy Hall, Central, 1st in Mechatronics
•Alex Barniak, Castle, and Ryan Cavins, Bosse, 1st in Automation and Robotics
•Cort Lamey, Central, 1st in Diesel
•Zach Schucker, Castle, 1st in Automotive Technology
•Tyler Suter, Boonville, 1st in Internetworking
•Zach Eagleson, Castle, 1st in Technical Design
•Kurt Kramer, Gibson Southern, 1st in Masonry

Others who advanced to state competition include:
•Ben Morris, Central, and Evan Baehl, Gibson Southern, 2nd in Automation and Robotics
•Ed Schenk, Mt. Vernon, 2nd in Diesel
•Anthony Morrow, North Posey, 2nd in Automotive Technology
•Griffin Eldridge, Boonville, 2nd in Internetworking
•Will Hoffman, Central, 2nd in Architectural Drafting
•Samuel Mankin, Castle, 2nd in Technical Design
•Cole Lyle, Harrison, 2nd in Precision Machine
•Kameron Higginson, Gibson Southern, 2nd in CNC Lathe
•Zach Doleh, Castle, 2nd in CNC Mill
•Ethan Vibbert, Mater Dei, and Sam Hornbeck, Castle, 3rd in Automation and Robotics
•Aaron Bush, Reitz, 3rd in Technical Design
•Taylor Ivy, Gibson Southern, 3rd in Carpentry
•Logan Miller, Tecumseh, 4th in Diesel
•Dylan Rust, Castle, 4th in Carpentry
•Shawn Miracle, Castle, 4th in Precision Machine
•Kaleb Elpers, Gibson Southern, 5th in Diesel
•Hunter Bakel, North, 5th in CNC Mill

SkillsUSA is a student organization that promotes student leadership, community service, and skill development for students in career and technical education programs.

The Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center is now enrolling for 2013-14. Go to: to learn more and get an application.


  1. great job by those students, its a shame the evsc doesn’t give them credit for attending the tech school.

    • What do you mean? Are you referring to recognition and respect, or credits toward graduation?

      Credits are given for courses at the SICTC. Pupils can attend morning or afternoon sessions either returning to their home school for lunch and academic classes, or leaving after lunch.

      My congratulations to all those who competed and best wishes to those who won, and will be competing in Indianapolis.

      It is a shame that only 700 students, roughly 350 in the am and 350 in the pm are using that huge, well equipped building. The SICTC was built for 1,000 students, which would mean 2,000 could take courses. Part of the problem is the students must be passing the Core 40 courses or he cannot take industrial arts classes. Part of the space was appropriated and refitted by Bertram for his “New Tech” high school and the Randall Shephard School of Criminal Justice, so the total enrollment number is now a few less.

      I counted only 7 EVSC students among the 30 winning awards, which is sad, as the majority of the students are from the EVSC. Maybe the long bus rides from Gibson, Posey, Warrick and So. Spencer create a stronger incentive to do well.

      • evsc lack of recognition to the significance of the training at the tech school is why there is so little enrollment from vanderburgh county.

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