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CCRI math student receives national recognition
July 18, 2011
Working with numbers has always come easy for former Community College of Rhode Island student Justin Marcotte, and he put that aptitude to use at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June, bringing home a silver medal for Related Technical Math.
Marcotte, a Pawtucket resident, scored in second place among 18 competitors from across the country on a test of work-related mathematical skills that touched on all disciplines.
“Technical math deals with problems from all different jobs,” he said.
“One question could be about statistics and the next could be about a drive shaft in automotive work.”
Marcotte presented a copy of his medal to CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale in a small ceremony at the Knight Campus in Warwick on July 12. It will be put on display at the college.
“You need to know how proud we are of you,” Di Pasquale told Marcotte. “This is why we all work at a college; so we can see great results like this.”
Marcotte won a gold medal at the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Championships last May,which earned him a spot in June’s national competition held in Kansas City, Mo.
SkillsUSA is a national group for high school and college students, which promotes workplace readiness for a variety of careers. It has an annual membership of more than 300,000 students and teachers, with 6,400 members in Rhode Island.
Marcotte first became involved with the organization during his freshman year at William M. Davies, Jr. Career & Technical High School, and has been in several SkillsUSA contests. He won gold medals at the state level in his junior and senior years of high school before his recent victories at the post-secondary level.
Marcotte took calculus courses at CCRI during the last academic year and will begin studying at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute this fall, drawn to its emphasis on science and mathematics.
He will study actuarial math, which is used to measure risk and uncertainty. It is commonly used to determine health insurance premiums, and Marcotte hopes to work in this field because it will allow him to use pure mathematics without any other trappings.
“I like dealing strictly with numbers,” he said.
CCRI students James Carroll, Alexander Cote and Stephanie Feuti also competed at the national conference. Carroll took fifth place in the Preschool Teaching Assistant category, Cote placed 17th in Extemporaneous Speaking and Feuti did not qualify for the finals in Prepared Speech.