NDSCS Students excel at National SkillsUSA Contest

The SkillsUSA Championships, held in Kansas City, Mo., took place June 24-26, 2014 as part of the SkillsUSA 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students. During the week, more than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed hands-on in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

During the national competition, students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, culinary arts and welding. All contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations with test competencies set by industry. In addition, leadership contestants demonstrated their skills, which included extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Top student winners received gold, silver and bronze medallions. Many also received prizes such as tools of their trade and/or scholarships to further their careers and education. The SkillsUSA Championships are for high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.

With 57 competitors in 41 individual events and three team events, team North Dakota scored very well.

Of the 41 events, North Dakota students scored within the top 10 in 26 of these events and in six of these events two NDSCS students placed within the top five, including:

High scorers in each of the contests received Skill Point Certificates. The Skill Point Certificate was awarded in 86 occupational and leadership areas to students who achieved a high score defined by industry. The SkillsUSA Championships have been a premier event since 1967.

SkillsUSA is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA chapters help students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations excel. SkillsUSA has more than 300,000 students and instructors as members.

For more information, visit www.SkillsUSA.org.

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