Texas Students Honored at National SkillsUSA Championships for Skilled Workforce
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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

Certificate recipients:

* 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

of 74.9%.

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

this year.

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.
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