Cases-Weaver takes national competition

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Alex Cases-Weaver had always used his father, Darryl Cases’s, tools and equipment since he was young. He continued to use tooling when he was employed at the machine shop at New Mexico Tech’s EMRTC.

Alez Cases-Weaver

Cases-Weaver now attends college at the Central New Mexico University in Albuquerque. He will obtain his certification in Machine Tool Technology in August of 2013. His CNMU instructor notified his students about the precision machining technology competition as part of the SkillsUSA Championships, and Cases-Weaver decided to enter the contest.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations including health occupations. It was formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.

The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. In 2011, there were more than 5,700 contestants in 94 separate events.

The philosophy of the Championships is to reward students for excellence, to involve industry in directly evaluating student performance and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs.

In this contest, students compete in NIMS Level I and II manual machining skills and knowledge areas including operation of manual milling machines, lathes, drill presses and surface grinders.

Cases-Weaver competed against his classmates at the local level. His first place finish qualified him to compete at the state level. He placed first against students from colleges and/or post secondary institutions around the state.

Cases-Weaver is in his “first term tooling class and competed against other students with as many as three terms under their belt,” his instructor said. His first place will take him to the national competition in Kansas City, Kan. from June 24-28.

Alex was homeschooled by his mother Dawn Cases-Weaver. He graduated in May 2012 and is a second semester freshman at CNMU. He made the Dean’s list in the fall 2012 semester. His paternal grandparents are Paul and Frances Cases of Socorro. His maternal grandparents are Dr. Nanci Aiken of Tucson, Ariz. and the late Donald Weaver.