Texas Students Honored at National SkillsUSA Championships for Skilled
Kansas City, Mo. (Grassroots Newswire) July 2, 2013 -- Students from Texas
high school and college technical education programs won the nation's
highest awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Industry leaders representing over 1,100 businesses, corporations, trade
associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated
excellence in 98 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as
robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All
contests are designed, run and judged by industry using industry
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 is for
high school and college-level students who are members of SkillsUSA.
In addition, high scorers in 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. The Skill Point Certificates were introduced in 2009 as a component
of the SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System.
The following students from your area are medallion and Skill Point
* Hunter Holt, from Gladewater and a student at Texas State Tech
College-Waco (Waco), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Technical
* Team A (consisting of Eric Diviney, Daniel Yanez), from Pittsburg High
School (Pittsburg), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Web Design.
"Over 6,000 students from every state in the nation came to compete in the
SkillsUSA Championships this week," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim
Lawrence. "This is the SkillsUSA partnership at its best. Students,
instructors and industries are working together to ensure America has a
skilled workforce and every student excels. These students prove that
career and technical education expands opportunities."
According to the U.S. Department of Education, students who take three or
more career and technical education (CTE) programs in high school are more
likely to attend college and stay there to graduate. In fact, 79% of CTE
concentrators enrolled in postsecondary education within two years of high
school graduation. And, students in CTE programs have a
higher-than-average high school graduation rate. Research has shown the
average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE
programs is 90% compared to an average national freshman graduation rate
Industry support of the SkillsUSA Championships is valued at over $36
million in donated time, equipment, cash and material. All contests are
run and judged by industry experts using industry standards for
employment. Contests assess hands-on, employability and academic skills.
Over 1,700 industry judges and technical committee members participated
The SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System was developed as an extension of the
SkillsUSA mission and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation. The System recognizes students for excellence in occupational
training; it assesses and documents the entry-level technical proficiency
and cumulative experiences of candidates. For more information about the
SkillsUSA Work Force Ready System, visit www.workforcereadysystem.com.
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a
nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working
together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It
helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education
(CTE) student organization serves more than 300,000 high school, college
and postsecondary students-and their instructors-in technical, skilled,
and service occupation instructional programs. CTE is learning that works
for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 1,100
corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the
national level. Over 11.2 million people have been annual members of
SkillsUSA since its founding as The Vocational Industrial Clubs of America
in 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character
development to complement technical skill training. The organization
emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship,
scholarship and safety. For more information, contact www.skillsusa.org.