Career and technical students in Pennsylvania won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 27 and 28. More than 6,300 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 102 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 1,900 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 local students received Skill Point Certificates:
• Olivia Mearkle, from Birdsboro and a student at Berks CTC - West Campus Leesport, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Graphic Communications.
• Team T consisting of Aleasha Ettinger, Mariama Jalloh from Berks CTC - West Campus Leesport, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Audio Radio Production.
• Wyatt J Hibshman, from Bowmansville and a student at Lancaster County Career @ Tech Ctr-Brownstown (Brownstown), was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
• Robert H Scheuring, from Shillington and a student at Berks CTC - East Campus Oley, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Plumbing.
• Sierra Kugler, from Shillington and a student at Berks CTC - West Campus Leesport, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Culinary Arts.
“More than 6,300 students from every state in the nation participated in the 2018 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 360,000 students and advisors join SkillsUSA annually, organized into more than 18,000 sections and 53 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.