Faculty & Staff

Two ICC Professors Will Represent United States in WorldSkills Competition

Two Illinois Central College professors will be representing their college, the State of Illinois and the United States at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil this August.

Associate Professor for ICC’s Diesel Powered Equipment Technology Program Jeff Gardner and Business, Information and Hospitality Professor Mark DuBois will each be representing the SkillsUSA team at this event, which is the world’s largest professional education competition. The professors will be serving as advisors to the U.S. contestants, as well as judging participants’ skills in their separate fields of expertise.

The WorldSkills Competition is held every two years, with competitors from more than 60 countries on six continents represented. The competition simulates challenges of professions that must be met within international standards of quality. The competitors demonstrate individual and collective technical skills to perform specific tasks for each of the professional skills in 46 categories and advance from local, state, regional and national placements.

Gardner was appointed to serve as our country’s expert in the Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Contest, and DuBois was appointed as the expert in Web Design. The Web Design competition is the largest competition in the history of the WorldSkills Competition, with 43 countries expected to compete.

DuBois has supervised the Illinois SkillsUSA web design contest for 15 years and has been involved in the national web design contest since its inception 12 years ago. ICC has won the state web design competition 11 times and the national web design competition 3 times.

“I am honored to now be a part of this national competition,” he said. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with our ICC students and faculty when I return.”

Gardner has advised ICC students in the state SkillsUSA Diesel Equipment Technology competitions for the last 15 years. The team has won the state competition the 14 out of those 15 years to advance to the national level.

“I am honored to have been chosen to represent ICC, Illinois and the U.S. at the 2015 WorldSkills Competition,” Gardner said. “I look forward to using this opportunity to promote career and technical education and the excellent career opportunities in the Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Diesel industries.”

This year’s number of competitors is expected to surpass the a record number of participants registered for the WorldSkills Competition in Germany in 2013, where nearly 1,000 competitors from 53 countries and regions competed for medals in 46 skills categories.