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SkillsUSA Alabama winner


For the second year in a row, a student at LBW Community College in Opp walked away with the HVACR first-place win in Birmingham.
Zach Ludmun of Florala is this year’s SkillsUSA Alabama gold medal winner in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.
“His two greatest attributes are a sense of confidence and great composure throughout the competition,” said Joey McCollough, LBWCC instructor.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry leaders working together to ensure the country has a skilled workforce.
The competition included a written exam and tests brazing skills, refrigerant component services, air measurement and troubleshooting, refrigerant recovery and electrical troubleshooting. Ludmun’s total score was higher than any other postsecondary student in Alabama.
“To have students from our program win two consecutive years speaks to the level of training received at our institution,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.  “We are proud of Zach’s accomplishment, and certainly wish him well as he goes forward.”
State level winners compete nationally in June at the SkillsUSA event in Kansas City, Mo. For more information on any of LBWCC’s technical programs of study, visit online at, or call (334) 493-5333.

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