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Louisville, Ky. (Grassroots Newswire) June 27, 2017 — Career and technical 
students in New Jersey won some of the nation’s 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 SkillsUSA’s assessment program for career and technical 
education.

The following students are Skill Point Certificate recipients from your 
area:

* Zach Hansen, from Deptford and a student at Gloucester County Institute 
of Technology (Sewell), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Technical 
Computer Applications.

* 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 America’s skilled workforce that is working to help 
solve the skills gap.

About SkillsUSA
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.

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