Louisville, Ky. (Grassroots Newswire) June 27, 2017 Career and technical
students in New Jersey won some of the nations highest awards at the 2017
SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 21-22, 2017.
More than 6,000 students competed at the national showcase of career and
technical education. The SkillsUSA Championships is the largest skill
competition in the world and covers 1.4 million square feet, equivalent to
20 football fields or 25 acres.
Students were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills,
workplace skills and personal skills in 100 hands-on occupational and
leadership competitions including robotics, automotive technology,
drafting, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.
Industry leaders from 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and
unions planned and evaluated the contestants against their standards for
entry-level workers. Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is
valued at over $36 million in donated time, equipment, cash and material.
More than 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members
participated this year.
Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership
areas to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their
competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a
component of SkillsUSAs assessment program for career and technical
The following students are Skill Point Certificate recipients from your
* Zach Hansen, from Deptford and a student at Gloucester County Institute
of Technology (Sewell), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Technical
* Team S (consisting of Leanna Culver, Amanda Devers), from Gloucester
County Institute of Technology (Sewell), was awarded a Skill Point
Certificate in Digital Cinema Production.
* Team K (consisting of Mike McEnery, Max Sutter, William Cipollone,
Randall Krauss), from Gloucester County Institute of Technology (Sewell),
was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in TeamWorks.
* Team L (consisting of Aristotle Vargas, Nikolas Belanger, David
Ahlzadeh), from Gloucester County Institute of Technology (Sewell), was
awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Engineering Technology-Design.
More than 6,000 students from every state in the nation participated in
the 2017 SkillsUSA Championships, said SkillsUSA executive director Tim
Lawrence. This showcase of career and technical education demonstrates
our SkillsUSA partnership at its finest. Our students, instructors and
industry partners work together to ensure that every student excels. This
program expands learning and career opportunities for our members.
The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle
school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the
SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. More than 300,000
students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than
18,000 sections and 52 state and territorial associations. The national,
nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry is a verified
talent pipeline for Americas skilled workforce that is working to help
solve the skills gap.
SkillsUSA is a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap. This
nonprofit partnership of students, instructors and industry ensures
America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Founded in
1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, the association
serves more than 300,000 member students and instructors each year in
middle schools, high schools and colleges. This diverse talent pipeline
covers 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, the majority
STEM-related. More than 600 corporations, trade associations, businesses
and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA at the national level.
SkillsUSA programs are integrated into career and technical education
through a framework of personal, workplace and technical skills grounded
in academics. Local, state and national championships, designed and judged
by industry, set relevant standards for career and technical education and
provide needed recognition to its students. SkillsUSA also offers
technical skill assessments and other workplace credentials. For more
information, go to: www.SkillsUSA.org.