Seven local students recently participated in the SkillsUSA Championships. This event, by invitation only, was for first place state medalists in 102 competition areas for career and technical students. It is the largest skill competition in the world. The SkillsUSA Championships is for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., took place June 27-28, 2018, as part of the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,300 outstanding career and technical education students all state contest winners competed hands-on
in 102 different trade, technical and leadership fields.
The conference attendees were representing Stafford Technical Center. Levi Tarbell and Caden Curtis competed in Teamworks, a contest with four students from two schools work together on construction, plumbing, electrical and masonry. Anthony Petrossi competed in firefighting. James Mars competed in plumbing; Matthew Rock competed in medical math.
Noah Logan and Johnathan Urbani competed in Additive Manufacturing. These two won silver medals at the conference placing them second in the United States. They were challenged with designing an adaptive device for a game system controller for a veteran with a hand disability. The design was then printed with a 3D printer and the students had to present the design as well as their design process to a panel of judges.
These students were supported by their advisors and program instructors from Stafford Technical Center, Debra Perkins, Nicole Hadeka, Jeff Fowler, Cindy Dunigan, Guy Babb, Brian Narkewicz, and John Bixby.
The state of Vermont won 11 national medals, and 39 of the participants from the just over 90 students who attended from Vermont finished in the top ten in their categories. 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 360,000-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.