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SkillsUSA Students are Dedicated to Honing Their Skills
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Career and Technical Education students from the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES are dedicated to honing their skills for the state SkillsUSA competition that will be held in Syracuse from April 22 to 24.
Click here to read The Post-Star article on students practicing during Spring Recess.
The students, who are from 30 different school districts located in the five-county region that WSWHE BOCES serves, are enrolled in one of 28 different career-based areas offered through its Career and Technical Education program.
The competition will pit the top winners from local and regional competitions from nine career and technical education programs in northeastern New York from Hudson to Mineville. There will be a total of 41 competitions: nine focused on work readiness/leadership skills and 32 were career-specific competitions that measured a student’s hands-on skill in their chosen field of study. Competitions ranged from auto vehicle maintenance, commercial baking and related technical math to photography early childhood education, welding and extemporaneous speaking. Students are given an assignment that must be completed within a set time frame and are judged by business and industry leaders.
Students prepare for the competition for months, often staying after school to be coached by their teachers. The competition is on par with an athletic match up, allowing the best of the students to compete at the national competition in Louisville, Ky., from June 22 to 26.
SkillsUSA, a national nonprofit organization, is devoted to rewarding students for excellence, for involving industry in directly evaluating student performance and in keeping career training relevant to employers’ needs.